The Verizon IndyCar Series had planned to parade several racecars down the Golden Gate Bridge this week in order to promote the upcoming GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, but after the death of Justin Wilson following a crash at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono, the parade was instead held in the veteran racer and father of two’s honor.
Wilson, 37, died in hospital Monday after being struck in the head by a piece of flying debris from rookie Sage Karam’s car. Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti drove Wilson’s No. 25 Honda racecar down the Goldengate Bridge Thursday, leading fellow drivers Graham Rahal, Will Power and Josef Newgarden in formation.
Also joining them was Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, who was seriously injured in practice prior to the Indy 500 in May. Hinchcliffe drove a two-seater IndyCar with the series’ Astor Challenge Cup championship trophy riding in the back seat, which will find a new home after the IndyCar championship is decided this weekend.
Among those who could take home the trophy is Rahal-Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal, who currently trails Juan Pablo Montoya by just 34 points as the series heads to Sonoma.
“It’s a tough week for everybody,” Rahal told FOX. “I just focus on doing what we have to this weekend to try to win a championship. Losing Justin is a big hit for everybody.”
“I’m going to go out there and try to win a championship for him.”