Carpenter: "Justin died doing what he loved"

The racing community mourns the loss of Justin Wilson...

Now is a time of healing for the racing community as drivers, media and fans alike remember Justin Wilson. During the press conference announcing his passing, Ed Carpenter was present and spoke on behalf of all the drivers.

"I'm here on behalf of all the drivers in the IndyCar Series. It's days like this that are extremely hard on all of us. We just want to offer our sincere condolences to Justin's family, to his parents, especially Julia (wife), Jane (daughter) and Jess (daughter), and Stefan (brother).

"Obviously, Justin was a great professional driver and extremely good at his craft. Beyond that, he was a great guy. One of the few, if only, guys that really was a friend among everyone in the paddock, amongst the competitors, and respected for the way he carried himself.

"I think for me, for what Justin's gone through over the past couple years, how hard he worked to get back into the car this season, and the opportunity that he had with Andretti, I think he exemplified the reason we all love doing this. He fought so hard to come back.

"As challenging as today is and yesterday was, he was doing what he loved to do, what we all love to do, and why we'll all be back competing in his honor in the near future."

Andretti Autosport statement

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Justin Wilson. He was a tremendous racer, a valuable member of the team and respected representative to our sport. While Justin was only part of the Andretti lineup for a short time, it only took a second for him to forever become part of the Andretti family. His life and racing career is a story of class and passion surpassed by none. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Wilson family and fans worldwide."

Godspeed, JW.

Pocono Raceway

“It is with heavy hearts we express our deepest condolences to the Wilson family. Justin was a talented driver on the track and an amazing person to be around off it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Justin’s family, his friends, his fans and everyone at Andretti Autosport. He will be missed.”

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

"We're saddened to have lost such an exceptional driver, friend and role model to many in the INDYCAR community. Justin was one of the most versatile and talented drivers of the last 15 years, as evidenced by his wins in sports cars, Champ Car and INDYCAR.

"More important than his driving ability was his approachable personality, his calm spirit, and the respect he earned throughout the racing community for the tremendous person, friend, father and husband he was. Justin made innumerable friends and admirers throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR communities. All of us at IMS extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Wilson family."

Chevrolet

“The motorsports community has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Justin Wilson. Justin will be missed. He loved the sport and the fans truly loved him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and legions of fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Julia, and their two young daughters, and everyone at Andretti Autosport.”

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson
Teams Andretti Autosport
Article type Special feature