ENDURO MEMORY ENDURES
Winning the 2012 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
with Ozz Negri, AJ Allmendinger and John
Pew, sharing Michael Shank Racing’s Riley-Ford,
was one of Wilson’s favorite career moments.
“Justin was only part of our lineup
for a short time, but it took only a
second for him to forever become
part of the Andretti family. His life
and career is a story of class and
passion surpassed by none. Thoughts
and prayers remain with the
Wilson family and fans worldwide.”
“You smiled in the face of
anything that came your way,
your friendship was worth more
than you could know. We miss you
“I am so devastated to hear of
another passing of a great man
and driver. I’d met Justin Wilson a
few times growing up and he was
the ultimate gentleman. While I
only knew him a little, I will miss
him. May God rest his soul and
keep his hands over his family.”
If you ever wanted to see how quick the
reflexes of a racecar driver are, even in
down time, you needed to be at the 2007
Autosport Awards in London’s Grosvenor
House Hotel. When the MC announced to
a hushed audience that the prestigious
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award had
been won by Stefan Wilson, big brother
Justin was on his feet in exultation before
the second syllable of Stef’s name. JWil
was always proud of the kid who stands
even taller, yet was 12 years his junior.
And in the hours after Justin passed
away, Stefan’s stoical dignity proved they
were cut from the same cloth.
“Can’t even begin to describe the loss
I feel right now,” he wrote on Twitter. “He
was my brother, my best friend, my role
model and mentor. He was a champion!
I often told him, I just want to grow up to
be half the man he is, as that will make
me a pretty good man. He lived for this
sport, he loved it. The only comfort I feel
is that he lived a life he loved. RIP mate,
I’ll chuffing miss you.
“He loved our parents, his wife Julia
and his kids, Jane and Jessica. That’s
where we need to send love and prayers.
Thanks for all your messages.”
A class act, just like his brother.
(TOP) Justin was thrilled to witness
Stefan score two wins for Andretti
Autosport’s Indy Lights team in 2011.
pose with kids for their parents’ cameras.
And Justin always knew how to put
children at ease because so many of the
charities to which he quietly devoted time
were for youngsters growing up without
the privilege of good health. It was
impossible for the big man ever to turn a
blind eye to those in need.
People described as being “without an
enemy in the world” are often bland, one-
dimensional creatures who pass through
life without leaving any impression. Wilson
was a glaringly obvious exception – great
(often hilarious) company in private, and an
eloquent ambassador for the sport and
charities in public. It was as if he’d been
born a fully-rounded grown-up and each
passing year added yet another layer of
dignity, the sort that could handle on-track
disappointments and live with career stats
that did so little justice to his huge talent.
Keith and Lynne – Justin and Stefan’s
quiet, charming and utterly unpretentious
parents – clearly brought ’em up right, while
the devotion of Jules and the girls ensured
that Justin never had any doubts over his
priorities in a life cut tragically short.
And so an appallingly random confluence
of speeds and trajectories extinguished a
shining light in his family’s life, and a beacon
of talent and integrity in his chosen sport.
A zillion-to-one chance robbed the world
of a guy who was one in a zillion.
Justin Wilson will never be forgotten.
The big man how we like to
remember him: jubilant and
soaked in well-deserved
No question, JWil
would have made the
most of his time at
Andretti Autosport. In
his penultimate race,
he finished a strong
second at Mid-Ohio.