World of Outlaws sprint car driver Jason Johnson, 41, died Sunday morning after he was involved in a crash Saturday night in a sprint car race at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The series confirmed his passing on Twitter.
Johnson, who won the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in 2016, is survived by his wife, Bobbi, and a son, Jaxx.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson crashed on the 18th lap while racing for the lead with eventual winner Daryn Pitman. Johnson’s car flipped and went through billboards. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Race promoter SLS Promotions issued the following statement on Johnson’s passing:
“Everyone at SLS Promotions offers our deepest, most sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to Bobbi Johnson, Jaxx Johnson and the entire Johnson family and JJR Racing team.
“Jason was a great competitor and true ambassador for the sport. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him during his time on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series trail. Jason will never be forgotten.”