David Steele, a Sprint car veteran, was killed during a race in Florida at the Desoto Speedway.
On Saturday, a Facebook post from speedway officials confirmed 42-year-old Steele died in a crash while attempting to win his 100th race. The left front wheel of Steele’s vehicle struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing the car to spin 180 degrees into a retaining wall.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report claims Steele was immediately pronounced dead upon medics arriving to resuscitate him.
Following the tragedy, NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne tweeted about Steele, stating he was “one of the best and such a good guy to hang out and have a beer with.”
The 24-year-old NASCAR driver, Kyle Larson released a statement on Facebook expressing his sadness over the death of “one of the greatest-ever USAC racers.”
His post can be read below:
“Dave Steele was always the man when it came to pavement racing. I got to watch him win a lot on TV. I didn’t know him personally very well, but I was lucky enough to be teammates with him one time at New Smyrna when I ran a USAC midget race there. He was a very quiet guy. I just remember it being an honor to be a teammate with him that night because he was so good at pavement racing. I knew we were going to be good, and we got the win. That was cool, to get to spend a little bit of time with him that weekend.”
Growing up watching USAC there was nobody better than Dave Steele on pavement. Shocking news last night. Thoughts and prayers go out! R.I.P.
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) March 26, 2017
H/T: Fox News
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