Stefan Wilson's Indy 500 car highlights need for organ donors

Justin Wilson was joined by patients in need of an organ transplant who are named on his Indy 500 car. (Photo: IndyCar/Chris Jones)
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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WTHR) - IndyCar driver Stefan Wilson has a very special race car for the Indianapolis 500.

His No. 25 car for the May 27 race is fueld by very special fans. The names of 25 people on the organ donation list are on the Driven2SaveLives car.


One of those names belongs to a young man named Case, who is waiting on a heart transplant.

"It's kinda surreal. I never thought any of my kids would be on a race car," said Case's mother.

The Driven2SaveLives campaign encourages fans to sign up to be organ donors.

"It's just awesome to have people notice what we're going through and notice that we're hoping to get another lifesaving transplant and stuff and I think that's just absolutely amazing," said 18-year-old Leighton Aiken, who is also waiting on a heart.

18-year-old Leighton Aiken checks out his name on the front wing of Stefan Wilson's Indy 500 car. (Photo: IndyCar/Chris Jones)
18-year-old Leighton Aiken checks out his name on the front wing of Stefan Wilson's Indy 500 car. (Photo: IndyCar/Chris Jones)

Wilson is passionate about organ donation. His brother Justin was killed during a race in 2015, but he saved five lives as a donor.

"It's easy to say 115,000 Americans are waiting (for a transplant) but when you put their names on a car, when you actually meet those people today, it kind of gives that number an identity and really hits home," Wilson said.

Robert Morton is waiting for a kidney.

"The challenge that I am going through. obviously, right now, I just got out of dialysis, I'm about an hour away from here, came up here...a lot of support. it's wonderful. The only thing I can do is keep praying to God and hope the best," he said.

Everyone was able to see their name on Wilson's car except one. Samantha Fross died before she was able to receive a transplant. Her name will ride inside the cockpit as a reminder that life is precious.

The late Samantha Fross' name will be inside Wilson's cockpit as a reminder of the importance of organ donation. (Photo: IndyCar/Chris Jones)
The late Samantha Fross' name will be inside Wilson's cockpit as a reminder of the importance of organ donation. (Photo: IndyCar/Chris Jones)

Just ask Josh Thorpe.

"I think it's 22 people a die waiting on an organ every day. This shouldn't happen. Especially with me needing a kidney, people have two, you know, help me out," he laughed.

You can register to become an organ donor at Driven2SaveLives.org.