Driver Justin Wilson died from injuries suffered Sunday when a piece of debris struck him during a race at Pocono Raceway, IndyCar announced Monday night.
His brother, fellow driver Stefan Wilson, sent out several loving tweets in honor of "my best friend, my role model and mentor" Monday night.
Can't even begin to describe the loss I feel right now. He was my Brother, my best friend, my role model and mentor. He was a champion!— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
He never stopped giving & caring for others. Even at this time. He had pre-chosen to donate his organs to help others in need. #myherojw— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
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. pic.twitter.com/Q3hOCtu5Pv— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
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.— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
He loved our parents, his wife Julia & his kids Jane & Jess! Thats where we need to send love and prayers. Thanks for all your messages.— Stefan Wilson (@stef_wilson) August 25, 2015
Wilson's death comes nearly four years after his childhood friend from England, 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, died in an on-track crash during the final race of the season in October 2011. Wheldon's sister, Holly Wheldon, tweeted a tribute to both of them Monday night.
The 37-year-old driver, husband and father of two daughters was known to be well-loved by everyone in the racing community. At 6-foot-4, he was the tallest driver in the IndyCar series and known as the "Gentle Giant."
Needless to say, Wilson will be missed by all.
"Justin's elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering character, kindness and humility -- which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock," IndyCar Chief Executive Mark Miles said.
Justin Wilson is the man you hope your son grows up to become, and the guy you hope your daughter grows up to marry. Few can compare.— Mike Kitchel (@mikekitchel) August 25, 2015
Justin Wilson represents why we do this; life is about getting the most from the time given w/integrity. No one did it better #RIPJustin— Mike Hull (@IndyMHull) August 25, 2015
Driver Graham Rahal, a former teammate of Wilson's, said: "Justin was always the first guy to come up to me and say something positive, something constructive, something helpful. You mention 'team player,' that's Justin, and it's hard to find that sort of guy in sports. He was just the nicest guy out there."
The motorsport World comes 2 a standstill once again. @justin_wilson was a great person & racing driver. My thoughts are with his family RIP— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) August 25, 2015
The Andretti Autosport team said: "While Justin was only part of the Andretti lineup for a short time, it only took a second for him to forever become part of the Andretti family. His life and racing career is a story of class and passion surpassed by none. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Wilson family and fans worldwide. Godspeed, JW.”