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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, the tallest man to ever race in an F1 Grand Prix, has died as a result of injuries he sustained at Pocono Raceway on August 23. Wilson was struck in the head by debris from Sage Karam's car after Karam's car hit the wall of the tri-oval track. Wilson was unconscious when he was pulled from his vehicle, and was airlifted to a hospital in PA. He remained comatose until succumbing to his injuries Monday.

Here's the official statement from IndyCar.

Dave Furst and the crew at RTV6 put this video package together in honor of Wilson's memory.

Wilson's passing, of course, renews the debate over closed cockpits for IndyCars. Here's a piece from SI.com on the subject, and another from Frontstretch.com.

Robin Miller penned this yesterday prior to Wilson's death. Miller, as always, gives us a sense of the man and his humor:

"You know me, I never get too excited because I know how this business is," said the personable 37-year-old Brit when asked about next year. "I've got allies in Michael (Andretti) and Honda so that's good and I'm optimistic about staying here. It's a great team and I really enjoy the guys and working with Ryan.

"But the reality is money and sponsorship and all I've still got after 12 years over here is my helmet and good looks."

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