On behalf of the UK motor sport community, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) sends its condolences to the family and friends of British racing driver Justin Wilson, who has succumbed to injuries sustained in an IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (23 August). He was 37.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of the UK governing body, where we were so proud to follow Justin’s great career, we are shocked and saddened that his life has ended so prematurely. We offer our sincere condolences to Justin’s family, friends and many fans at this very difficult time. From his karting days through to IndyCar, Justin was a credit both to himself and to the sport he loved.”
Justin hailed from Sheffield in Yorkshire and began his motor sport career in karting, in the late 1980s. He graduated to cars in Formula Vauxhall Junior in the mid-’90s and in 2001 was crowned champion of F3000 – then the feeder series to Formula One. He made his F1 debut with Minardi in 2003 and spent the second half of the season with Jaguar.
A subsequent move to the US yielded great success, with race victories and title challenges in the Champ Car World Series and subsequently the IndyCar Series, where he remained a podium finisher right up to this season. Other highlights of a brilliant career included victory in the 2012 Daytona 24 Hours.
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