British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies after race accident

Family pay tribute to 'loving father and devoted husband'


The family of British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has paid tribute to the star after he died from injuries sustained when he was hit by crash debris during a race.

IndyCar confirmed the 37-year-old died on Monday and described him as "one of the most respected members of the paddock".

The former Formula One driver, who was competing for Andretti Autosport, suffered a head injury when Sage Karam's car crashed in front of him at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday 180 laps into a 200-lap race.

Originally from Sheffield, he leaves behind his wife Julia and two young daughters.

In a statement on his website, his family, including parents Keith and Lynne and brother Stefan, said: "Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.

"The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world."

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co, the parent company of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway said: "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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