UPDATE. 10/16: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has confirmed that a corner worker was struck and killed during a rental track day event at the track on Sunday. Local TV station KION 5/46 reports the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office as stating that the worker was a 68-year-old resident of Moss Landing, California, although his name was not disclosed. The Sheriff’s Office initial investigation indicated the accident occurred when a car lost control due to a suspected oil spill and struck the corner worker, who was was carrying a warning flag.
“WeatherTech Raceway is saddened to confirm the death of a corner worker as a result of an accident that occurred on the track Sunday during an independent rental,” a statement issued by the track read. “As per the facility’s safety protocols, all subsequent sessions were immediately suspended. The safety of all participants, track personnel and those involved with any event is the facility’s first priority and were reflected in the prompt actions that were implemented. The entire racing community is saddened by this loss.”
The Checkered Flag Racing Association, which had a scheduled event there Monday, told KION it had sent a message to its members explaining what had happened and saying the organization would set up a fundraiser to help the victim’s family.
“We wanted to make sure that the corner workers at every track know that we appreciated and honored everything they do for us,” Checkered Flag President Ed Kornegay told KION.