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IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Dies of Head Injury From Crash

Justin Wilson on the podium after the Australian leg of the Champ Car World Series in Oct. 2007.  

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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday evening after sustaining a head injury from a gruesome crash Sunday during a race at Pocono Raceway.

“Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday evening with a head injury after it appeared he was struck on the helmet by debris from Sage Karam’s one-car crash in front of Wilson on the track,” according to ESPN. “With Wilson possibly unconscious, his car speared at nearly unabated speed into an angled wall protected by a SAFER barrier on the inside of the exit of Turn 1…”

The 37-year-old English driver was in his eighth year on the IndyCar circuit and is survived by his wife and two young daughters.