THE EDITOR REMEMBERING JUSTIN WILSON
“Even for those who had another
favorite driver, Justin was the
default option, the guy no-one
would ever root against”
These Justin Wilson t-shirts, as modeled by Michael Andretti
(second from right) and the Andretti Autosport team, are being
sold to benefit the Wilson Children’s Fund. They can be ordered
Scott Dixon was a
of the Levitt/
he won his fourth
Turn to Page 46
for the feature.
ustin Wilson was one of those guys
we had on speed dial for whenever
RACER wanted an intelligent, considered
and balanced opinion on the motorsport
matters of the day, because he was
extraordinary selfless. He never tried to
turn a potentially political hot topic in a
direction that suited him, but instead saw
validity in the opinion of each one of his
peers…even when the rest of us didn’t!
Wilson was also one of those few drivers
who always tried to observe racing from
the fan’s perspective, either in person or
on TV. Before he became a racer, he was
like you and me – someone who spent
time and money watching racing – and
he never forgot what it was like to be
the other side of the fence.
So despite being initially very shy at the
attention he received, Justin nonetheless
welcomed IndyCar paddocks being access-
all-areas for fans. “That’s exactly how it
should be for anyone who’s paid to watch
us,” he said once, “otherwise all they see are
helmets sticking out of cars. That’s not
special or memorable. I think people come
to a race instead of watching it on TV to
feel the atmosphere and meet their heroes.”
He’d have been too modest to realize it –
too humble for it to even cross his mind
– but Wilson became a hero to many. Even
for those who might have another favorite,
JWil was the default option, the guy no-one
would ever dream of rooting against. He was
too unusually nice to leave people unmoved.
But even if you never met him, never
heard what he was like as a man, he’d win
you over with his skills: Justin’s visibly
strenuous efforts to send a midfield car to
the front of the pack were always one of
the highlights of a race weekend.
It still feels surreal to write about him in
the past tense. Surreal and tragic. However
much our tribute (starting page 22) is a
celebration of a great man’s life and career,
the pain of losing him is still raw. Our hearts
go out primarily to his wonderful family,
but also to countless fans worldwide.
COLOR SEPS: QuadGraphics, Irvine, Calif.
ELECTRONIC PRE-PRESS: QuadGraphics, Irvine, Calif.
PRINTING: R.R. Donnelley, Pontiac, Ill.
Contact Nick Iademarco at
Wrights Media. Tel: (281) 419-5725
Editorial Business Office
Racer Media & Marketing, Inc.
17030 Red Hill Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 417-6700 Fax (949) 417-6116
Editor David Malsher
Editor-in-Chief Laurence Foster
RACER.com Editor Mark Glendenning
Executive Editor Andrew Crask
Editor-at-Large Gil de Ferran
Art Director Rob French
Columnist Patrick Dempsey
Founding NASCAR Editor Gerald Martin (1943-1999)
We remember Michael C. Brown, RACER founding
photographer and one of the good guys
Senior Writers Peter Brock, Adam Cooper, David
Evans, Mark Glendenning, Jen Horsey, Mark Hughes,
Richard S. James, Eric Johnson, Tom Jensen, Robin
Miller, Jeff Olson, David Phillips, Marshall Pruett,
Jeremy Shaw, Edd Straw, Todd Veney, Gary Watkins
Photo Services LAT Photographic
Senior Photographers Phillip Abbott, Tony Di Zinno,
Marc Gewertz, Rick Graves, Nigel Kinrade, Sean
Klingelhoefer, Brian Konoske, Michael Levitt, Lesley Ann
Miller, Steve Swope, Camden Thrasher, Paul Webb
Digital Artist Ree Tucker
Illustrations Paul Laguette
RACER.com Columnists Marco Andretti, Peter
Cunningham, Conor Daly, Scott Dixon, Mike Hull,
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Pippa Mann, Will Power
Advertising Director Rick Nitti
Global Sales Director John Chambers
Sales Manager Nicole Szawlowski
Advertising Operations Victor Uribe
Accounting Manager Sandra Carboni-Alexander
Founder, CEO & Executive Publisher Paul Pfanner
Co-founder, COO & Publisher Bill Sparks
Co-founder & Editorial Advisor Jeff Zwart
Toll-Free Advertising Line (800) 722-7140
Outside the U.S. and Canada (949) 417-6700
Fax (949) 417-6116 Website www.racer.com
RACER (ISSN 1066-6060) is published eight times
per year by Racer Media & Marketing, Inc.
Periodical postage paid at Irvine, CA 92619,
and at additional mailing offices.
© 2015 by Racer Media & Marketing, Inc.
All rights reserved. Reproduction without
permission is prohibited.
Postmaster send address changes to:
P.O. Box 231
Congers, NY 10920.
Printed in USA
To subscribe call: (877) 425-4103
Outside the U.S. and Canada: (845) 267-3047
or e-mail email@example.com
or visit our Web site, www.racer.com
Rates for one year in U.S. and possessions, $49.95.
Foreign rates on request.
For address changes and adjustments, write to:
P.O. Box 231
Congers, NY 10920.
Allow 4-6 weeks for address changes and new
Subscriber Help Line: (877) 425-4103
Manuscripts, photos and other material submitted
must be accompanied by stamped, self-addressed
envelope. RACER assumes no responsibility
for unsolicited material.