BRADENTON, Fla. — Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.
Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.
A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report says Steele was driving a sprint car when his vehicle’s left front wheel struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing Steele’s vehicle to go up in the air, spin 180 degrees and hit the retaining wall.
Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. He was 42.
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson expressed condolences to Steele’s family after Larson won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race at Fontana, California.
The 24-year-old Larson grew up watching Steele on “Thursday Night Thunder,” an ESPN series showcasing United States Auto Club (USAC) racing.
Larson called Steele one of the greatest-ever USAC racers.
NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne tweeted that Steele was “one of the best and such a good guy to hang out and have a beer with.”