Race leader Sage Karam lost control and collided with the outside wall. This development doesn’t come as a surprise, as Wilson is remembered as an extremely selfless individual and a constant purveyor of kindness. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and legions of fans.
IndyCar had a subdued victory lane and Hunter-Reay was not sprayed with the traditional confetti.
Former Malaysian Formula One driver Alex Yoong was sombre as he recalled his experience with Justin Wilson, who died in a freak accident at the IndyCar Series race on Monday. He was knocked unconscious and was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was in a coma. “That’s all very bad”.
“He towered above Elliot, but he got down on his knees to be right at Elliot’s height”, said Elliot’s mom, Amanda Cox, “and he made Elliot feel like he was the super star”.
The accident was a grim reminder of the dangers of open-wheel racing.
Mario Andretti said he instantly could see Wilson’s unique sense of integrity and perseverance, adding that Wilson was disciplined with versatility that other racers admired. It was obvious from the way IndyCar’s Holmatro Safety Crew worked on Wilson while still in his auto that he had incurred serious injury.
Chaves then appeared to have an engine failure that brought out the caution with three to go. The race finished under yellow.
The death of Wilson is not a time to blame IndyCar and bash them for not being safe enough.
Graham Rahal is still in serious contention for his first IndyCar series title headed into the season finale at Sonoma, Calif., on Sunday, sitting in second place 34 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya.
Standing 6-feet-4, the of Sheffield, England native was the tallest driver in the series. He won the 2012 IndyCar race there, and was a special guest in May for the track’s Speeding To Read championship assembly.
“He was one of the top five driver in North America in my opinion – a complete package”, Shank said.
“Justin had not been racing much this season and I was happy to watch him”.
” ‘It sums up who he was; he’s touching people he doesn’t even know, and it shows what kind of person Justin Wilson was, ‘ said Stefan, who was with his brother when he passed”.
“He just keeps setting the bar higher”, his brother tweeted.
“You’ve got to know the risks and work out if those risks are acceptable”, Wilson told The Associated Press upon his return to racing in 2012. To me, it’s acceptable.
“I’m going to try to win”, Elliot said, “just gonna try to do everything I can to make him happy”.
He was driving a partial schedule in 2015 for Andretti, making his 174th IndyCar start. “He was doing what he loved to do, what we all love to do, and why we’ll all be back competing in his honor in the near future”.