IndyCar driver Justin Wilson's organs were donated after his death and helped six different people, according to his brother Stefan Wilson.
Wilson wrote on Twitter that his brother's organs had saved six lives Tuesday, one day after Justin died from a head injury he sustained in a crash at Pocono Raceway over the weekend.
The 37-year-old Wilson, a British driver, was struck in the head by debris coming around a turn that had gone flying from the car of race leader Sage Karam, who had lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a side wall. After being hit, Wilson appeared to go unconscious and his car skidded into the interior wall. He was airlifted away from the racetrack and was in a coma before dying from his injuries Monday.
“Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers,” Wilson’s family said in a statement. “The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.”
Wilson competed in 120 races in his eight-year IndyCar career and won three times. He began his career in Europe, racing in his native England, and raced one season in Formula One in 2003. He then moved to the Champ Car World Series before making the jump to IndyCar in 2008.
NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series teams will honor Wilson with decals this weekend.
- Jeremy Woo
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