IndyCar drivers, fans honor Justin Wilson

Jerry Perez, of Indianapolis, places a flower on the main gate of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a memorial to race driver Justin Wilson, of England, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Indianapolis. Wilson died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It was a tough week for IndyCar drivers and fans, earlier this week leaders announced the death of Justin Wilson after he suffered a serious head injury.

Many involved with the sport are honoring their former friend and colleague in a special way.

Drivers took to the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday to honor Wilson. Leading the way was Wilson’s Andretti Autosport teammate, Marco Andretti driving the late racer’s No. 25 car.

In addition to the cars, two Holmatro Safety Vehicles, the same two that were on site to aid in Justin’s incident at Pocono, flew Justin Wilson flags from the back of their trucks. Driver Oriol Servia, a longtime friend of Wilson’s, will drive the No. 25 Honda-powered machine in Sunday’s season-ending race.

Justin Wilson was hit in the head during last Sunday’s race by piece of debris that had broken off another car. Wilson’s car veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was taken to a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. IndyCar announced his death at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In a conversation with Associated Press, IndyCar Owner David Letterman reflected on racing and some of the safety concerns he has, saying “Racing is fun, but people are not supposed to get killed.”  He later said he was “brokenhearted for Wilson’s family, for his kids”.

Wilson’s Brother Stef, also a racer sent a tweet out thanking people for their messages. IndyCar Season Ends this weekend at Sonoma California.

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