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Indianapolis Motor Speedway honors Leffler

June 19, 2013, Staff report,

Speedway illuminates pagoda with meaningful numbers

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Jason Leffler, who competed in the Indianapolis 500 as well as the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is being remembered Wednesday by the legendary track.

Leffler, 37, died June 12 from injuries sustained in a sprint-car crash while competing at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. The funeral for the former NASCAR and open-wheel competitor is scheduled for Wednesday in Cornelius, N.C.

IMS officials have illuminated the scoreboard atop the track’s pagoda to feature the numbers 50, 1975 and 2013, signifying his car number when he competed in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, as well as the years of his birth and passing.

“Jason Leffler was one of the most versatile drivers in America,” J. Douglas Boles, CEO for the legendary track said in a statement released by IMS. “And he rose to the top ranks of racing by honing and mastering his skills in various forms of the sport at tracks all over the country.

"Fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were able to see him compete in both IndyCar and NASCAR, and lighting the pagoda with the years of his life and the car number he used in the Indianapolis 500 is our way to remember and honor his accomplishments as a race car driver.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his entire family, team and fans."

The numbers that adorn the scoreboard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday are 50 (Jason Leffler's car number when he drove in the 2000 Indianapolis 500), 1975 (the year of Leffler's birth) and 2013 (the year of Leffler's death).


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