Stefan Wilson will race in honor of brother, hopes to raise awareness about organ donation

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Stefan Wilson (left – Getty Images) and Justin Wilson (right)

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4 Fast Facts

  • Stefan Wilson to race No. 25 car in 100th Indy 500
  • Wilson racing in honor of his late brother, Justin Wilson
  • Justin Wilson died after a crash in August 2015
  • Stefan Wilson hopes to promote awareness about organ donation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Stefan Wilson will enter the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in honor of his late brother, Justin Wilson.

Justin Wilson died in August 2015 after crashing at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. He had registered as an organ donor, and discussed that decision with his wife. As a result, Justin saved five lives after his death.

His young brother, Stefan, will drive the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives car for KV Racing Technology. His brother also drove the No. 25 car. He’ll partner with Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives, a campaign to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation.

“Like so many other drivers, I grew up dreaming about the Indianapolis 500 and it’s all I’ve worked toward for the past few years. Justin raced in the 500 eight times and it was a dream to join him on the starting grid and race against him. I just never anticipated a situation where Justin wouldn’t be there with me,” Stefan said.

“It was a dream of mine to join him on the grid here,”  he said.  “Obviously, that dream’s not going to be quite that way.  I always envisioned him being here.  I know he’s going to be looking down and for me, I just want to make him as proud of me as I was of him.”

He hopes to get 2,500 people across the U.S. to register their decision to donate through Driven2SaveLifes. Teammates Sébastien Bourdais and Matthew Brabham will also carry the campaign logo on their cars.

“The one shining moment that came from all that tragedy is that five people on this earth are still here because of what Justin decided to do,” Stefan said.

KV Racing Technology co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven said Stefan has raced at IMS with the Indy Lights Series, but the 500 will mark his first time racing there for IndyCar.

“Not only has Stefan proven to be a fast driver but he brings the complete package to the table,” said team co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “It also goes without saying that it will warm the hearts of everyone in the racing community to see him drive the No. 25.”

Stefan will also wear a helmet that features both his own personal and Justin’s designs.  He hopes to auction the helmet off for the Indiana Donor Network after the race.

“The 500 is pretty special any year,” said Stefan.  “It doesn’t matter if it’s the 99th, 100th or 101st.  You can feel the buzz in the city.  I can’t recall the stage being as big in previous years.”

 

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