Stefan Wilson left an emotional reply to the “Happy New Year” tweet posted by his late brother, Justin Wilson, which has brought the racing community together in remembering the former IndyCar racer.
It has been over three years since Justin Wilson, aged 37, lost his life to injuries sustained whilst racing in the IndyCar Series at Pocono.
With 20 laps to go in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono, race leader Sage Karam lost control of his car spinning into the outside wall at Turn 1, sending debris flying into the path of the oncoming field.
It was a piece of the front wing that made contact with Wilson. The British driver was in coma en route to the hospital, and was pronounced dead the next day.
A hero on the track for so many, but an even greater hero to many more.
An ambassador for multiple charities, Wilson’s work will go on helping those for years to come.
Wilson went even further, giving even after his passing.
Stefan Wilson revealed that following his death, Justin had saved six lives through organ donation.
Not only does JW live on in those he inspired, and those he helped, but in a small auto-tweet function he evidently created when making his own Twitter account.
Every year, at the strike of midnight (American Mountain Time, -7 GMT), Justin Wilsons account posts ‘Happy New Year’.
Three words, a brief salutation that generated massive social media response.
“We miss you, Justin,” replied thousands of fans.
“Huge talent, great man,” replied another Twitter user.
The most intimate tribute came from his younger brother, Stefan.
Stefan, who raced in the Indy 500 this year, gave a touching insight into the man JW was. Somewhat struggling to set up a Twitter account, but at the heart of it loving the ability to be in contact with fans at a moments notice.
Justin Wilson was a personal favourite on the IndyCar grid. Always tenacious on track but a friend to everyone in the paddock and the fans at home.
Happy New Year, Stefan and the Wilson family. Thank you for not stopping this fantastic little treat every January.
But most importantly,
Happy New Year, Justin.
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