Motorsports World Mourns Jason Leffler

Jason Leffler wheels the No. 13 Buch Racing sprinter earlier this year. (Hein Brothers Photo)

“No words will ever express the profound loss felt by the USAC family after learning of the passing of its great Champion Jason Leffler, fatally injured in a racing accident at Bridgeport, N.J. Wednesday night. One of the most personable drivers ever to grace the USAC scene, his character extended far beyond the race track and his presence will be dearly missed by all who knew him. USAC extends its heartfelt sympathies to his family, associates and legion of friends and fans. We will forever hold him dear to our hearts and his memory will last through eternity. God speed, Jason.” — United States Auto Club

“We are saddened by the loss of Jason Leffler, who had a generous heart and was universally liked and respected by his fellow competitors. 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.” – Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

“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.” – Humphrey-Smith Motorsports

“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.” – NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director and MRN Reporter Winston Kelley.

“Our family is extremely saddened by the passing of Jason Leffler last night in New Jersey. I raced against Jason in USAC and he was an excellent driver and a champion back then. We also worked together for Dollar General when I drove for Sarah Fisher’s IndyCar team and he drove for Turner Scott Motorsports in NASCAR. While I had not talked with him in some time, he was always a good guy and a determined racer. Our prayers go out to his family and friends in this very difficult time.” – Ed Carpenter Racing team owner and driver Ed Carpenter.

“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.” – Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner and driver Tony Stewart.

“Everyone at Iowa Speedway is saddened beyond words over Jason Leffler’s passing last night. Needless to say, our thoughts and prayers are with his family today as they come to grips with this tragic loss. Jason’s wonderful sense of humor, his smile, and his happy-go-lucky attitude, were both refreshing and inspirational. We thoroughly enjoyed having him race in many of our events, and I know he will be sorely missed by his fans and fellow racers.” – Iowa Speedway President Stan Clement.

“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.” – Joe Gibbs Racing Owner Joe Gibbs.

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