Professional Driver Deaths

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Here are some driver deaths in major auto racing events:


Tommy Baldwin, 2004, Thompson, Conn.

John Baker, 2002, Irwindale, Calif.

Dale Earnhardt, 2001, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Tony Roper, 2000, Fort Worth, Texas

Kenny Irwin, 2000, Loudon, N.H.

Adam Petty, 2000, Loudon, N.H.

John Nemechek, 1997, Homestead, Fla.

Rodney Orr, 1994, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Neil Bonnett, 1994, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Clifford Allison, 1992, Brooklyn, Mich.

J.D. McDuffie, 1991, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Grant Adcox, 1989, Hampton, Ga.


Dan Wheldon, 2011, Las Vegas

Paul Dana, 2006, Miami

Tony Renna, 2003, Indianapolis

Scott Brayton, 1996, Indianapolis


Greg Moore, 1999, Fontana, Calif.

Gonzalo Rodriguez, 1999, Monterey, Calif.

Jeff Krosnoff, 1996, Toronto

Jovy Marcelo, 1992, Indianapolis

Gordon Smiley, 1982, Indianapolis


Ayrton Senna, 1994, Imola, Italy

Roland Ratzenberger, 1994, Imola, Italy

Ricardo Paletti, 1982, Montreal

Gilles Villeneuve, 1982, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium


Mark Niver, 2010, Kent, Wash.

Neal Parker, 2010, Old Bridge, N.J.

Scott Kalitta, 2008, Englishtown, N.J.

Darrell Russell, 2004, Madison, Ill.


Eric Martin, 2002, Concord, N.C.

Blaise Alexander, 2001, Concord, N.C.

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