Racing Community Remembers Leffler

Jason Leffler

Jason Leffler: September 16, 1975 - June 12, 2013

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The racing community remembers Jason Leffler, who lost his life in a crash on June 12, 2013 during a 410 sprint car race at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. He was 37. Read More

It didn’t matter how well one knew Jason Leffler. He was family. He was a racer. It didn’t matter if it was Daytona, Indianapolis or a dirt track, Leffler wanted to run, telling Motor Racing Network’s “Winged Nation’’ in February “I just like being in the race car at the race track.’’

NASCAR: “NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed.”

NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director and MRN Reporter Winston Kelley: “As a reporter, I always found Jason to be extraordinarily open, approachable and accommodating. When you approached him, he was the first to extend his hand. The excitement in his voice was evident before every race. Jason will be deeply missed, and I join the NASCAR community in sending my sincere condolences to his family.”

The flags at the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be flown at half-staff in observance of Jason Leffler.

Randy Humphrey of Humphrey-Smith Racing:  “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jason Leffler and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. Jason was part of our family at Humphrey-Smith Racing and we are very thankful for his contributions to our team over the last few years. Our main concern is for his son Charlie and our thoughts and prayers are with him. Jason was an important part of our program and will be missed.”

Jason most recently drove for Humphrey-Smith Racing at Pocono Raceway last weekend.

World of Outlaws: "The World of Outlaws extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Jason Leffler, a great racer and man whose life ended too soon tonight. We were always excited to see Jason enter the pits to race with the Outlaws, and he will no doubt be missed by everybody from his fellow competitors to officials to his many fans."

INDYCAR: "INDYCAR extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Jason Leffler for their tragic loss. Jason was a USAC champion who made three INDYCAR starts, including the 2000 Indianapolis 500. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time."

J. Douglas Boles, chief operating officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "We are very saddened at the passing of Jason Leffler. 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.’’

Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and four-time USAC champion: “Jason Leffler was a great racer and an even better friend. We raced together a lot, and our career paths were very similar. He loved racing, especially open-wheel racing, and that’s a passion we both share. To not have him around to talk about whatever race one of us had just run, or were going to run, will be hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his son, Charlie, who Jason loved more than anything.”

 Ryan Newman, winner of 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and the 1999 USAC Silver Crown championship: “Jason and I raced hard together. We never crashed, or even rubbed wheels. We weren’t enemies, but we were never really friends, either. We were competitors. I respected him as much as he respected me. My prayers are for his family. He died doing what he loved. He was a real racer, and he will be missed.”

Danica Patrick, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and IZOD IndyCar Series race winner: “I was very sad to hear of Jason’s passing. He was a good guy and a good racecar driver. He was a successful driver for a long time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family and friends, especially his son, Charlie.”

Joe Gibbs Racing Owner Joe Gibbs: “Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing is saddened to learn of the passing of Jason Leffler last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and especially to his son Charlie. We feel fortunate to have had him as part of both our Nationwide Series program and of course in the Cup Series where he helped us launch the No. 11 team with FedEx. NASCAR is unique in that it really is one large family and Jason was well liked by all that knew him. His loss will be felt across the entire sport.”

Drivers via Twitter

Kasey Kahne: “Jason & I flew together this past weekend to Pocono. We talked sprint cars, cup cars and Charlie Dean. He loved racing & he loved his son!’’

Ricky Stenhouse: “Still unbelievable this mornin. Prayin for Jason’s family andson!! And the racing community!! Great father and racer!! Loved it all!!’’

Brad Keselowski: “Really sad for Jason Leffler and his family. Thinking about his little boy...’’

Kurt Busch: “Just woke up & saw the news about @JasonLeffler - can’t believe it. #prayers for his family for this devastating loss. #rip Jason’’

Jeff Gordon: “Very said to hear the news of Jason Leffler. He will be missed. Thoughts go out to wife Allison and son Charlie.’’

Josh Wise: “Gonna miss Jason. He was a great father, racer and such a passionate guy.’’

Casey Mears: “Always enjoyed being around @JasonLeffler. Great guy! Thinking about and (praying) for those closest to him.’’

Clint Bowyer: “So sad to hear about @JasonLeffler. Was a wheel man and a fun fun person to be around. #LEFturn’’

Mark Martin: “I’m really sad to hear about @JasonLeffler I’m praying for his family this morning.’’

Jimmie Johnson: “Such sad news, we lost a great one last night. My thoughts and prayers go out to @JasonLeffler’s family. #LEFTurn’’

Martin Truex Jr. “Another racer gone too son. So sad, Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

David Ragan: “Just waking up and see the news about Jason Leffler. Feel terrible, and thinking about his family today. Life sure is precious. #lefturn’’

Jeff Burton: “My thoughts and prayers are with Jason’s family and friends. Breaks my heart thinking of his little boy.’’

JJ Yeley: “A sad night, just heard about Jason Leffler. A great racer and Dad. Prayers to his family and friends. God Speed Jason. You will be missed.’’

Brian Scott: “Take nothing for granted, and love those who matter to you. Life is too short and the good ones leave us too early. RIP. #LEFturn’’

Aric Almirola: “Absolutely crushed when I think of little Charlie Leffler tonight. Godspeed Jason Leffler!’’

Johnny Sauter: “Very, very sad praying for Leffler family!’’

David Stremme: “At a (loss) of words right now. Riding up the road and reading all the story’s. He loved what he was doing and he loved Charlie.’’

Landon Cassill: “Had a great talk with him just the other day. We reminded each other why we love racing and do what we do. He was family. #lefturn’’

Juan Pablo Montoya: “Thoughts and prayers for Jason Leffer and his family.’’

Joey Logano: “Extremely said to hear about @JasonLeffler. spent a lot of time racing with him. Gone way too soon. Prayers to his entire family.’’

Kevin Swindell: “Kills me to think about Charlie, but man did Jason love that little guy. RIP Lef’’

Ryan Truex: “Every driver knows the risk when they strap in, but it still never seems fair when the worst happens.. #rip #LEFturn’’

Kyle Larson: “Such sad news tonight. Leffler was a great person and even better dad. I am glad I got to know him. Rest in peace. #LEFturn’’

Parker Kligerman: “4 Race car drivers immortality is a way of life. 1 day we find 1 of us 2 be mortal is a day in which we struggle 2 comprehend. Prayers go out to @JasonLeffler and his family, as well as his amazing little boy. Too nice of a guy to be taken from this world so young.’’

Alex Bowman: “Really don’t know what to say right now. Jason was such an inspiration to me as a kid. Going to miss him a ton. Praying for his family and Most importantly praying for Charlie. Such a tough situation for him. #rip #LEFturn were all gonna miss you.’’

Ryan Blaney: “Makes you sick to your stomach when you hear about something like this. Unbelievable. Praying for his family.’’

Darrell Wallace Jr. “Just thinking about it brings me to tears. I don’t even know leffler that well. Always spoke, just an all around cool cat. RIP #LEFturn’’

Elliott Sadler: “Sitting her in disbelief.. All I can think about is Charlie.. Prayers to the Leffler family.’’

Ryan Hunter-Reay: “So sad we lost Jason Leffler tonight. Can’t imagine what his family is going through. Thoughts & prayers go out to them. #PrayforCharlie’’

Tony Kanaan: “Prayers to the Leffler family ... It’s so sad ...’’

James Hinchcliffe: “Tough to hear news like that. Don’t know him personally but a friend of racing is a friend of mine. Thoughts are with JL’s family. #LEFturn’’

Bryan Clauson: “Still can’t find the words..Lef was as solid as they come..Treated me like gold from the time I was a kid..gonna miss him!!! Rest easy man’’

Mario Andretti: "Last night we lost a real racer @JasonLeffler. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family especially little Charlie. RIP Jason.''

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