Justin Wilson Children’s Fund Update

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway & INDYCAR Press Release
For Immediate Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 – INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children’s Fund can be made online at www.wilsonchildrensfund.com or sent to the following address:

Wilson Children’s Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738
317-558-6000

“Justin Wilson gave so much to his teammates, fellow drivers and INDYCAR fans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The best way for the racing community to show our appreciation and preserve his legacy is to express our unwavering support for his children, wife and family members during this heartbreaking time. I encourage fans across the nation to donate to the Wilson Children’s Fund.”

“Justin Wilson was a beloved and admired member of our INDYCAR family who touched the lives of countless individuals both stateside and in the United Kingdom,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “I encourage fans to make donations in his honor to the Wilson Children’s Fund. I know Hoosiers will do their part in lending a helping hand to Justin’s loved ones during this very difficult time.”

If you previously sent a donation to INDYCAR, it will be forwarded to the new address. All donations will be kept confidential.

In addition, commemorative decals and T-shirts are available at shop.ims.com, with proceeds going directly to the Wilson Children’s Fund.

Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died Monday from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

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JUSTIN WILSON DIES FROM HEAD INJURY!

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2015) – INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “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 was struck by debris from a single-car crash on Lap 180 of the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval. Wilson was attended to by the Holmatro Safety Team and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.

A native of Sheffield, England, Wilson recorded seven career Indy car victories – the most recent in 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway – and eight pole starts in 174 races. He totaled 711 career laps led, including two in the Aug. 23 race. He competed in Formula One in 2003 with Minardi and Jaguar, and his initial F1 points were scored that year in the U.S. Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He co-drove a Michael Shank Racing sports car entry to the overall victory in the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012.

Wilson, a road cycling and mountain biking enthusiast, also was an ambassador for dyslexia, a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading that challenged him as a youth. He often would speak to groups at the racetrack and visit schools near INDYCAR race venues.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters. His younger brother Stefan is an accomplished race car driver who has competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for Wilson children. Donations may be sent to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.