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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson passes away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has passed away from his injuries. Wilson has been in a coma since last night after suffering a severe head injury.

He was just 37-years-old. He was injured when the cone of Sage Karam’s car hit Wilson in the head before being flown to Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Justin Wilson,” an Andretti Autosport statement said. “He was a tremendous racer, a valuable member of the team, and a respected representative of our sport. While Justin was only part of the Andretti lineup for a short time, it only took a second for him to forever become part of the Andretti family. His life and racing career is a story of class and passion surpassed by none. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Wilson family and fans worldwide.”

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Wilson has been racing for multiple series in his two decades as a professional driver. His younger brother Stefan Wilson is a former IndyCar driver.

“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.”

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He hasn’t won an IndyCar race since 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway. He had eight poles in 174 races. He has led 711 laps, including two in yesterday’s race.

His death comes almost four years after the death of superstar Dan Wheldon. He was also injured in a crash – this one at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – and then later passed away.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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