I have tears in my eyes as I type this piece. A young man, Kevin Ward Jr. , who was just beginning to make an impact on the world of racing has passed away. He was only 20 years old.
I wanted to learn more about this fine young man who was taken from this life far too soon. This young man was in his fifth season with the Empire Super Sprints racing series and had been racing for pretty much his entire life.
As race fans we all know that the sport is inherently dangerous but given recent advances in racing safety technology it seems a thing of the past that a driver would be killed on the track. This was not the case Saturday evening at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motor Speed Way when Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. on this small dirt track.
I have been praying since news first broke for this young man and his family. We all wanted a better outcome. No one should die on the track but most of all not a child who was raised on a racetrack.
Kevin had been racing since he was four years old and able to race go karts. It was a huge part of his young life. While racing Go Karts Kevin won 250 feature events. Evidence that this racing came right naturally to him from the very start.
Kevin excelled in several different types of racing circuits. He did rather well in a Micro Sprint car the team put him in and also earned high honors as the Empire Super Sprint Rookie of the Year in 2012.
In just his 20 years on this Earth, Ward had accomplished a great deal in the world of racing. He was certainly a force to be reckoned with in the world of Empire Super Sprint racing.
In 2013 he even won two Empire Super Sprint races in the span of three weeks. He was a natural talent behind the wheel of any vehicle put near him.
What is most upsetting is that I will not be able to learn any new facts about this fine young man. Let’s all take just a moment to send a thought of goodwill and peace to his family and friends.
– Photo courtesy of KevinWardRacing.com