Justin Wilson, who had seven victories in a 12-year career in U.S.-based open-wheel circuits, died Monday. He was 37.
IndyCar made the announcement on Monday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
His family and the racing community reacted to the news on Twitter.
Can't even begin to describe the loss I feel right now. He was my Brother, my best friend, my role model and mentor. He was a champion!— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
He never stopped giving & caring for others. Even at this time. He had pre-chosen to donate his organs to help others in need. #myherojw— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
I can't find the proper words to describe the pain and sympathy I feel for Justin and his family. #RIPJustin— Sage Karam (@SageKaram) August 25, 2015
I will miss you @justin_wilson so very much. I don't have many heroes, but Stefan and Julia are among them after how strong they've been.— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) August 25, 2015
Oh man, my heart is aching another friend gone. Godspeed to one of racing's truest gentlemen. #justinwilson— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) August 25, 2015
Why do we do this? Because we love it, don't want to be anywhere else but a race car. We will keep your legacy my friend. Racers race.— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) August 25, 2015
The sport we love can be so cruel. Today is one of those days. IndyCar lost a great driver and great friend. The world lost a great person.— Charlie Kimball (@charliekimball) August 25, 2015
Tough day in motorsport today as we loose another great person and driver. RIP Justin. You will be miss. Thoughts and prayers for his family— Juan Pablo Montoya (@jpmontoya) August 25, 2015
You smiled in the face of anything that came your way, your friendship was worth more than you could know. We miss you already, JWill.— JR Hildebrand (@JRHildebrand) August 25, 2015
Father, Husband, Friend, just an amazing human being. We will miss you to no end. Love to the Wilson Family. #RIPJustin— Scott Dixon (@scottdixon9) August 25, 2015
Wow, what a sad day. @justin_wilson was a good man. A great man. I had the pleasure of knowing him and pray for his family. 🙏🏼— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) August 25, 2015
Some things in life just don't make sense. It's impossible to comprehend why certain things happen. But may we never forget the man JW was.— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) August 25, 2015
So sad to hear that we lost Justin Wilson today. Thoughts & prayers to his family and friends.— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) August 25, 2015