Overlooked in the very appropriate feel-good celebrations surrounding the Indianapolis 500 pole-winning run of James Hinchcliffe, who nearly died in a crash at the Speedway last year, in a car owned by Sam Schmidt, who nearly died in a crash in 2000 that left him a quadriplegic, was that Stefan Wilson made the show.
Wilson, 26, is the younger brother of Justin Wilson, the ex-Formula One driver who died in an IndyCar race last August when a piece of debris from leader Sage Karam’s crashed car entered Wilson’s cockpit and struck him in the head during a race at Pocono.
Justin, who won three IndyCar races, four Champ Car races and the Rolex 24 at Daytona, was 37.
Stefan is an accomplished race driver who did well in IndyLights, but his career hasn’t taken off like Justin’s did. He has only one previous IndyCar start, the Baltimore Grand Prix in 2013, running a team car with his brother.
This year, Stefan qualified the number 25 Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet for KV Racing in 30th. You can only imagine what his parents and his wife, Katie, will be going through when the green flag falls next Sunday.
Stefan Wilson, like his brother, is a genuinely nice guy. If you are looking for a dark horse to pull for, you could do a lot worse.