Jason Leffler dies in NJ Sprint Car crash


Jason Leffler's sprint car at Bridgeport Speedway after he was taken out. The race was canceled by police.

(Photo: Christopher Taitt via @ChristopheTaitt)

37 year-old Jason Leffler died from injuries suffered in a sprint-car race June 12, 2013 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J.

"We are very saddened at the passing of Jason Leffler," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chief Operating Officer J. Douglas Boles. "He was one of the most versatile race drivers in America, showing his talent by competing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his career. He also displayed the skills that would help him reach the top levels of the sport by winning four USAC national series titles while winning on tracks throughout the Midwest. Jason was a terrific guy who always had time for everyone. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his entire family, team and fans."

Leffler, 37, competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.

“We are saddened by the loss of Jason Leffler, who had a generous heart and was universally liked and respected by his fellow competitors," added Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Jason was a talented, hard-charging and versatile racer, competing in a number of series at the highest level. We fondly remember his days racing – particularly for us – in NASCAR’s top series and Indianapolis 500. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Long Beach, CA native leaves behind a 5-year-old son, Charlie. Here is an Instagram photo of the two of them together: