Tony Stewart donates the use of his plane to transport Justin Wilson’s family to Pocono
Update Aug. 24,2015- According to the Indy Star, Justin Williams has sadly passed away after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Indy Car driver Justin Wilson was airlifted from Pocono Raceway earlier today after suffering an accident from a piece of debris hitting his head. According to reports from Pocono including Indy Racer Graham Rahal, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart lent his private jet to the Wilson family to fly his brother Stefan all the way to Pennsylvania from where he was staying in Indianapolis to get him to the hospital where Justin is being treated at. Justin’s wife Julia took off from Colorado compliments of IndyCar.
The latest reports say that Justin Wilson suffered a head injury that has unfortunately placed him in critical condition and a coma. Wilson is currently undergoing more evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA. The crash happened with 18 laps left in the ABC Supply 500. Sage Karam lost control of his racecar after losing traction and “breaking loose” at the bottom of a corner that saw him dive nose-first into the upper wall. Following close to his rear was Justin Wilson around that same turn and from accounts on replays, they show that a piece of debris (that was later identified as the nosecone) flew off Karam’s car and into Wilson’s cockpit right onto his helmet. This resulted in Wilson losing control of his car and crashing into a Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) Barrier.
It’s times like this that the greater racing community bands together to help out in any way. With an asset like a Dassault Falcon 50 jet at his disposal, it looks like Tony Stewart did what any human being with such a piece of equipment would do, lend it out to someone who needs it more. Props to you Tony Stewart.