Recent fan deaths at race tracks

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Since 1999, when three spectators died at Charlotte Motor Speedway, at least 12 people have been killed while watching races at oval tracks in the U.S.

May 1999: Eight fans were injured and three were killed when a tire launched over a Charlotte Motor Speedway fence during an Indy Racing League event.

August 1999: A sprint car spun out of control and struck and killed a 37-year-old spectator at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Washington state.

July 2001: A 64-year-old woman died when race cars ran off a small track in Ohio and into the stands. Thirteen others were injured.

April 2003: An elderly couple was killed at a California speedway when a crash sent one car into the stands.

August 2005: Two people died when a stock car tumbled over a concrete wall at an Illinois raceway. The wreck injured five others.

March 2007: A race car struck a barrier before hitting and killing a 25-year-old spectator in Pennsylvania.

August 2008: A tire and part of an axle broke loose and struck and killed a 43-year-old woman at a Georgia speedway.

August 2012: Lightning killed a 41-year-old man at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Staff Writer Gavin Off