Marco Andretti Honors Justin Wilson’s Memory with Drive Across Golden Gate Bridge
The IndyCar season is quickly coming to a close. As the sport gears up for its last race of the season at Sonoma Raceway, many drivers and fans have a heavy heart after the untimely death of IndyCar racer Justin Wilson. The respected veteran racer died at age 37 earlier this week after being struck in the head with flying debris during a race at Pocono Raceway.
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To honor Wilson, IndyCar drivers turned a previously scheduled promotion into a memorial. Marco Andretti got behind the wheel of Wilson’s Car No. 25 on Thursday afternoon and drove it across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge ahead of this weekend’s race.
Northbound traffic was closed off for the event, allowing onlookers to take photos and pay their respects to Justin Wilson, known for being a gentleman both on and off the track.
In an interview with Fox Sports, Andretti discussed the effect Wilson’s death has had on the sport:
It’s hard to ever move on from something like that. It won’t fully hit me until after the season is over and we drop our focus. When Dan Wheldon was killed (in Las Vegas in 2011), it was the last race of the season. This one, we have all felt it but we have tried to stay busy thinking about this race. We are trying to remember Justin and celebrate his life. I got together with some fellow drivers at my house on Sunday night and it was good for us to all get together.
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Wilson’s memory is also being celebrated with a trust for his two young daughters. If you are interested in sending donations, please address them to Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.
News Source: Fox Sports