IndyCar racer Justin Wilson has died after suffering a head injury in a crash involving fellow driver Sage Karam on Sunday at the Pocono Raceway, the racing organization announced Monday night.
Wilson, 37, had been in a coma at a Pennsylvania hospital since the crash. He struck in the head by flying debris, possibly the nosecone, from Karam’s race car during the ABC Supply 500 race Sunday afternoon.
“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said in a statement. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”
Wilson is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.