Justin Wilson ‘saved six lives’ after organ donation

Posted at 3:22 PM, Aug 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 15:22:49-04

NEW YORK — Tributes have continued to flow for IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who died Monday of injuries sustained during a race crash. The 37-year-old Briton was struck in the head by debris from another driver’s car in the latest round of the single-seater series at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

The IndyCar organization has announced that its drivers will wear a special logo, honoring Wilson, on helmets in this weekend’s racing at Sonoma Raceway in California.

Fans will also be able to purchase special memorabilia, sporting the logo, with proceeds going to his two children.

The most touching tribute came from Wilson’s younger brother Stefan, who revealed that his sibling was an organ donor and had helped to “save six lives today.”

“He just keeps setting the bar higher,” tweeted Wilson, who is also a competitor in IndyCar.

Wilson briefly raced in Formula One, and its current champion Lewis Hamilton took to social media offer his condolences to his compatriot.

“I am so devastated to hear of another passing of a great man and driver,” the Mercedes driver posted on Instagram. “I’d met Justin Wilson a few times growing up and he was the ultimate gentleman.

“Whilst I only knew him a little, I will miss him. We will miss him. May God rest his soul and keep his hands over his family. My thoughts are with the Wilson family.”

Wilson’s death was the first in IndyCar since 2011, when another Briton, two-time Indy500 champion Dan Wheldon, was killed in a crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.