Friday Five: Remembering Justin Wilson

Published On August 28, 2015 » 4465 Views» By admin » Blogs, Friday Five, IMS, Indy 500, Photography, Verizon IndyCar Series

The entire motorsports community has mourned this week with the loss of Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson. We asked IMS photographers to share their favorite Wilson images and remembrances.

Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher.

Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher

Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher.

Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher

Shawn Gritzmacher: “Justin Wilson’s 6-foot-4 frame strode through the IndyCar paddock with a gait that was never too fast for an approaching fan, and a smile that was bigger than the frame it was attached to. For photographers, he was a bit of an anomaly in a sport where everyone darts about on track and throughout  the paddock. I was always captivated by the man that could quietly hurdle a pit wall without its chalky white paint dirtying his fire suit. Once across, he was a man transformed, a man calmer than most and fast as any … there was no set of eyes more more distinguished through an open visor than Justin Wilson’s British racing greens.”

Wilson greets a fan during driver introductions on Sunday at Pocono. (Photo by Chris Jones)

Wilson greets a fan during driver introductions on Sunday at Pocono. (Photo by Chris Jones)

Wilson before attempting to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500 in 2008. (Photo by Chris Jones)

Wilson before attempting to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500 in 2008. (Photo by Chris Jones)

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Photo by John Cote

John Cote: “I did not know him well. We looked into each other’s eyes from time to time. His eyes at 6-foot-4 were at the same level as mine. He was there to race and I was just there to take his picture. He always made it easy. It’s hard to describe how bad I will feel this weekend at Sonoma without him … how bad I feel that I will never look into his eyes again. Rest in peace, Justin. May your family somehow know how much we all share their sorrow.”

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