Justin Wilson, driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar, fractured his pelvis and suffered a small pulmonary contusion in a crash during Saturday’s race in California.
He was on Lap 111 of the MAVTV 500 at the oval-shaped Auto Club Speedway near Los Angeles when his car “got caught on a seam in the track that pitched the car into the wall,” according to this USA Today story. The race put a tragic punctuation mark on an otherwise successful 2013 season for Wilson. He finished the season an impressive sixth out of 38 drivers.
Wilson, who drives for the BSA-friendly Dale Coyne Racing team, will now return home to Colorado to recover. The injuries are inoperable, so what he really needs is a lot of rest and some support from the Scouting community.
And that’s where you come in.
Justin has represented the BSA admirably all year — both on and off the track. In races from California to Florida and many places in between, Justin has visited with Scouts and Scouters, signed autographs, taken photos and shared how much he loves driving the No. 19 car. Everywhere he goes, he talks about the value of Scouting and inspires non-Scouts to learn more about our movement.
Now’s our chance to show Justin, and the racing world, how thankful we are and how much we’re wishing for a speedy recovery. Find two ways to get your pack, troop, team or crew involved after the jump.
Leave your get-well message below
Show Justin your support by leaving a comment below. This can be a personal comment from you or a post on behalf of your entire Scouting unit.
This is a simple step, sure, but it will go a long way toward helping Justin heal.
Send a get-well card to Justin
For a fun pack or troop meeting idea, why not have the Scouts create a get-well card to send to Justin? You could ask your Scouts to create it at the next unit meeting, even having the Scouts add colorful decorations or racing-inspired messages to help lift Justin’s spirits.
You can send your cards to the Dale Coyne Racing office. Dale Coyne’s team will make sure Justin gets the cards at home. Send your cards to:
Dale Coyne Racing
Attention: Justin Wilson
13400 Budler Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
If you do send a card, snap a photo before you do and email it to me. I’ll post it on the blog as a comment below.
And allow me to add my well wishes: Justin, get well soon!
Well wishes from Scouts and Venturers
Email me your photos for me to post here.