IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday as a result of a head injury he suffered during Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.
“This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” Mark Miles, the head of IndyCar parent Hulman and Company, said in a statement on the organization’s website. “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.”
Tony Kanaan and Arie Luyendyk Jr. were among those to eulogize the 37-year-old:
Oh man, my heart is aching another friend gone. Godspeed to one of racing’s truest gentlemen. #justinwilson
— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) August 25, 2015
Sad, sad news Justin Wilson has passed away. Always brought a smile to my face, the guy was always happy to be doing what he loved. Terrible — Arie Luyendyk Jr. (@ariejr) August 25, 2015
With 20 laps remaining in the ABC Supply 500, Sage Karam spun into the wall. His car broke apart upon impact, and the nosecone dislodged. As the nosecone was falling back down toward the track, it struck Wilson in the head. The IndyCar Series announced Wilson was being airlifted to a local hospital.
Born in Sheffield, England, he called Longmont, Colorado, home after taking his professional career to the United States.
In 119 career races on the IndyCar circuit, Wilson had three wins and 12 podium finishes. Before that, he had spent four years in the Champ Car World Series, earning four checkered flags in 54 races. His last win came in the 2012 Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Twice in the previous seven years Wilson finished in the top 10 of the IndyCar standings.
Here’s the video of the crash, watch it all the way through and you can see the nosecone from Karam’s car hit Wilson in the head: