I had the pleasure of briefly meeting him around the paddock a couple of times from 2010 through 2012, but you knew who the man you met was a genuine kind hearted giant who had time for everyone, be they outside his garage or at an autograph session. The guy who signed his card and handed it to you with a smile was that at all times.
I want to reflect briefly on the the last Indycar race I attended, back in 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway. Who won it? The road course specialist, he nailed it. Graham Rahal was leading and looking strong for his first win since 2008. Until a late brush with the wall damaged the handling of his car, Wilson who was behind the then Ganassi driver, relentlessly caught up with him and overtook Rahal in the final laps. It was at this point possibly the sole Englishman in my block was up fist pumping the air. The driver, who for the small team, did it.
Please remember in your thoughts those left behind. The Indycar community that showed such strength four years ago, is needed again.
It is at this point I will direct you to some beautiful written tributes to Justin, his career and also some personal memories that tug at the heart strings, firstly by Tony DiZinno, secondly David Malsher and finally Marshall Pruett.
Racing is cruel, life is cruel, and this one wasn't fair, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, because we can not find any.
Wilson Family Fund Website
#BadAssWilson Fundraising Merch (UK)
Russell Hargreaves from talkSPORT invited me onto his Extra Time show to talk about Justin Wilson. The clip below is from the show.