In the wake of the crash at Pocono Raceway that sent Andretti Autosport driver Justin Wilson to the hospital with a severe head injury and in a coma, the racing community has come together to show their support for the Sheffield, England native and seven-time IndyCar/CART winner.
Dave Furst of WRTV in Indianapolis reported that NASCAR star and former open-wheel driver Tony Stewart was donating his own plane to Wilson’s family for them to travel to Pennsylvania.
Here’s a mere sampling of what the racing world has to say about one of the most genuine drivers in the paddock. Plenty more are available by searching #PrayersForJustin on Twitter.
During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.
The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.
The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.
Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.
IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.