NASCAR driver Joey Gase is making a personal tribute, honoring late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in this weekend’s Xfinity Series race action at Road America.
Gase’s No. 52 is carrying a photo and written testimonial to Wilson on the back end of his race car. It’s part of an initiative with Donate Life to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation.
Several of Wilson’s organs were donated after his passing in last Sunday’s IndyCar race that helped six different individuals.
“He never stopped giving & caring for others. Even at this time. He had pre-chosen to donate his organs to help others in need. #myherojw,” Wilson’s brother, Stefan, said on Twitter.
Wilson’s predetermined initiative to donate his organs hit close to home for Gase.
Organ donation is something that has been very close to my heart ever since my mom passed away,” Gase said in a statement. “She was an organ donor and helped save and improve 66 lives.
“It was heartbreaking for the whole racing community hearing of Justin’s accident and passing. When I heard he was an organ donor, it really hit home for me, but I was glad to hear his wishes of being an organ donor were carried out. This truly shows how much he cared for others.”