One Single Thought From Pocono

Throughout most of yesterday’s IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, I was compiling notes for my usual “Random Thoughts” posts that I always write for the Monday immediately following a race. While there are a lot of observations about each race and the underlying storylines – there are also a lot of snarky and tongue-in-cheek opinions stated in those writings.

Given the circumstances of the accident involving driver Justin Wilson, none of the humorous and light-hearted comments I had planned seemed appropriate or even important. The updated championship points, the uncertain status of next year’s Pocono’s race or anything else that we usually talk about here no longer seemed to matter. All I could do Sunday night was try to find any credible news report and hope for the best. A statement from IndyCar said that Wilson suffered a severe head injury, is currently in a coma and in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Mike Hull stated it best just after the race when he simply said “Hoping Justin Wilson comes back to us – the rest is secondary”. I completely agree. There are no random thoughts from Pocono today, there is only one singular thought – keeping Justin Wilson and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

George Phillips

15 Responses to “One Single Thought From Pocono”

  1. I had a bad feeling about this and thankfully Justin is sitll here and we can just hope for the best. Plenty of time to debate ovals and the circumstances. I am just hoping that people aren’t saying prayers in jest, include him in your prayers and his family. Stan Fox recovered 20 years ago from something that seems so similar…..

  2. IndyCar racing does not seem to even matter right now.

  3. billytheskink Says:

    Agreed. Prayers for Justin and for his family.

  4. I’m glad he’s still alive and hopefully in the days ahead his condition stabilizes and improves. Was at Pocono and had a good view of the helicopter watching it sitting there and not taking off immediately was eerily similar to what happened after the Wheldon crash.

  5. This was one of those accidents that if you tried to recreate it, you wouldn’t be able to do it. Half a foot or half a second either way and everyone is ok.

  6. When something like this happens it is like a punch to the gut that one cannot seem to catch ones breath from…

  7. Justin Wilson is a damn fine human being, a class act, and a fine driver. My thoughts and prayers are for Justin and his family.

  8. This will not be an easy week in the racing community. Life and racing will move on. Justin Wilson understands that as much as anyone. As we wait for word, hoping it is encouraging, and we think of what his family is experiencing, all the rest of us have to get back to living and trust that he is on the path to doing the same.

  9. god bless Justin . he will be in my prayers. one of the nicest drivers I met in a long time. again for Justin and his family god bless you all.

  10. Words cannot express what I feel. Hopefully the Wilson family can hear my prayers for complete healing.

  11. Open-wheel racing will survive this, as it has so many losses in the past, and hopefully this tragedy will spur new and innovative safety improvements that will lead to better and safer racing. But this loss is too terrible. Justin Wilson, from all accounts, was a gentleman racer and even better human being, and I ache with sadness for his family.

  12. Just a few weeks ago I watched JW celebrate on the podium. I love IndyCars, but the sport can be so cruel.

  13. I was looking forward to sharing just a few words about my experience in Pocono, but after learning of Justin’s passing late last night it just doesn’t seem to matter. We all share a loss of this gentle giant.

  14. Godspeed Justin Wilson! Bless your children and entire family!!

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