Justin Wilson wins IndyCar fan award for 2015

The late Justin Wilson won the fan favourite award at IndyCar's end-of-season championship celebration on Monday night

Justin Wilson wins IndyCar fan award for 2015

IndyCar started its evening with a tribute to Wilson, who died from injuries sustained when a piece of debris hit him on the crash helmet during the penultimate round of the campaign at Pocono last month.

OBITUARY: Justin Wilson 1978-2015

Wilson's brother Stefan, who collected the award on his behalf, said: "Thank you to all the fans and fellow drivers for voting for Justin.

"Your messages and gestures of support over the last week have been truly overwhelming.

"Whilst nothing will bring him back or fill the 6ft 3in void that he's left, it has provided some comfort to know how well thought of he was and how much he was loved.

"Just over a week ago, I sat holding his hand and praying for a miracle that didn't come.

"I stand here today in front of you all whilst we reflect on his life, and I challenge you - what lessons can you learn from Justin? Godspeed brother and BadAss."

Wilson's former team-mate JR Hildebrand added: "The outpouring of support that has occurred for Justin and his family creates at least a small window for us to peer into and see the impact this man has had on those around him and people all over the world.

"I spoke with [Wilson's wife] Julia - she simply said how overwhelmed she is by how big the IndyCar and racing community is and she doesn't have enough words to truly say thank you.

"She wants everyone to know that they're going to be OK, and that Justin will be there to try and guide them."

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