A 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were killed last night at California’s Marysville Raceway Park, when a 17-year-old sprint car driver careened into pit row and hit the pair.
According to the Associated Press, Yuba County Sheriff’s Capt. Ron Johnson said that the man was pronounced dead at the track and the boy was declared dead at a local hospital. The Appeal-Democrat of Marysville, California reports that the victims’ names have not been released and that investigators believe they could have been part of a pit crew.
Per an eyewitness account from track announcer Steven Blakesley, driver Chase Johnson was in the middle of doing warmup laps when his car suddenly became unable to make a turn and ran through a gap between the track and pit row. The car then hit an empty golf cart before going out of the crowd’s view.
“There must have been a mechanical problem,” Blakesley told the AP. “The car didn’t slow down.”
Johnson was not injured in the incident, which canceled the rest of the night’s events at Marysville Raceway Park. The hot laps were taking place prior to a race for the California Sprint Car Civil War Series.
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”