A race car driver killed his cousin Saturday night at Marysville Raceway Park in northern California after his car veered through a gap between the track and the pit stop. A 68-year-old man was also killed in the tragic accident.
FOX Sports reports March 18 that teen driver, Chase Johnson, turned a corner on the racetrack, hit a golf cart, and killed both people. The young boy killed was Chase's cousin -- 14-year-old, Marcus Johnson. The man also killed was race car owner, Dale Wondergem.
Marcus' father, Rob Johnson, said his son was helping out in the pit area. He told a news station that ''something strange happened and the steering wheel came off ... this car flew probably 100 to 150 feet and hit him.''
The horrible accident is taking a toll on everyone, especially the boy's father. He said he and Marcus had "so much to look forward to" and they were like "best friends."
When the boy and the race car owner were killed, there were about six or seven vehicles doing warm-up laps. Chase's car was going at an undetermined speed when his car careened off the track, but initial reports speculate it was about 90 mph. The raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series.
Chase Johnson comes from a long line of race car drivers in his family and has competed three years at the Petaluma Speedway -- winning multiple races. This tragedy has surely cast a shadow on all of that during this time for the young driver. There's been no word on how he's doing through all of this.