- Date of Birth:
- July 31, 1978
- 6' 4"
Justin Wilson (born Justin Boyd Wilson on July 31, 1978 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) was a British professional open-wheel racing driver. Justin began racing karts in 1987 and in the mid 1990s, he spent several years racing in Formula Vauxhall. In 1998, Justin was a finalist for the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year. A year later, he graduated to the International Formula 3000 series, winning the championship in 2001. He raced for Formula One in 2003, winning his first championship point at the US Grand Prix. In 2004, he joined the Champ Car World Series. He won his first Champ Car race in 2005 and finished the season in third place. He finished second in 2006 and 2007. Champ Car merged with Indy Racing in 2008, and he won his first IndyCar race in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix. He would continue to race for a variety of IndyCar teams until his death in 2015. Dustin was injured during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23, 2015. Race leader Sage Karam crashed and sent debris airborne. The nose of his car hit Justin’s helmet. He crashed into a wall and was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Justin was in a coma until he died on Aug. 24.
Best Known For:
Justin Wilson was best known as a professional racecar driver.
Justin married his girlfriend, Julia, in December 2006. They welcomed their first child, Jane Louise, in 2008 and their second, Jessica Lynne, in 2010. Justin’s young brother, Stefan Wilson, is also a racecar driver. At 6’4, Justin was taller than most open-wheel drivers and required a specially built car to accommodate his size. Justin developed an investment program to attract investors to buy shares in his racing career. At the end of the program, there were 900 investors.