Ex-Formula 1 driver Wilson, 37, who drove for Andretti Autosport, was struck by flying debris from Karam's car before hitting a wall.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Wilson, 37, who drove for Andretti Autosport, was struck by flying debris from Karam's car before hitting a wall.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Wilson, 37, who drove for Andretti Autosport, was struck by flying debris from Karam’s car before hitting a wall.

 

British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died after suffering a serious head injury on Sunday.

Wilson was airlifted to hospital from the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania after Sage Karam’s car spun and crashed in front of him on lap 179 of 200.

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Wilson, 37, who drove for Andretti Autosport, was struck by flying debris from Karam’s car before hitting a wall.

IndyCar Series officials announced Wilson’s death  on Monday evening.

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co, the parent company of IndyCar, said it was a “monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole”.

He added: “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, from Sheffield, is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters.

He competed for Minardi and Jaguar during the 2003 Formula 1 season, contesting 16 races in the series, scoring his only career point at that year’s United States Grand Prix.

He drove in major US open-wheel racing since 2004 and was making his 174th IndyCar start in Sunday’s race.

Karam, who was leading the race at the time of the crash, has been released from hospital after treatment for heel and wrist injuries.