In a five-minute press conference Monday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, the head of INDYCAR’s parent company, announced that IndyCar driver Justin Wilson had succumbed to the head injuries he suffered during Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
Below is a collection of social media posts from those in the motorsports world reacting to the news.
Michael Andretti – Owner of Andretti Autosport and Wilson’s No. 25 Honda:
AJ Allmendinger – Teammate of Wilson’s with RuSPORT in Champ Car, then with Michael Shank Racing in sports cars; won overall at the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Danica Patrick – Fellow IndyCar driver, since moved to NASCAR
Holly Wheldon – sister to Dan Wheldon, who died due to injures sustained at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011.
Current Field in Numerical Order thus far
Nicole Briscoe, wife of Ryan Briscoe:
With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.
The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.
Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.
NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.