The tragic death of Justin Wilson on Monday after a wreck at Pocono shocked the racing community and will have a lasting impact on the sport as a whole. NASCAR was no exception, and the two events held this weekend will pay tribute to the fallen driver.
Jim Noble of Sirius XM NASCAR confirmed the news that NASCAR will have a decal and moment of silence for the Road America and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park races.
— Jim Noble (@Noble_Jim) August 25, 2015
There has been no word from NASCAR on whether or not the decals will be utilized for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend, but will return with the highlight race on Labor Day weekend.
NASCAR has issued decals multiple times this season after deaths to close members of the sport. Steve Byrnes passing earlier this year rocked the sport and Buddy Baker’s death led to a new decal from NASCAR and paint scheme from Clint Bowyer for Darlington.
Wilson was a driver remembered for not only his driving on the track, but the relationships he built off of it. A.J. Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and several others mourned the loss of a fellow driver on Monday night. This is a great move by NASCAR, but one that needs to be stretched out another week to show Wilson’s importance in the Sprint Cup race.