It’s a fact of life for any racer that danger can find them around every corner. Yet, when World of Outlaws sprint car driver Jason Johnson was going for the lead Saturday (June 23) going into turn one of Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, God knows he wasn’t thinking about that sad reality.
He was thinking about going for the win.
Unfortunately, the 41-year-old lost his life in that racing pursuit, flipping his race car violently in the air before landing outside the track. His death was announced by his race team early Sunday morning.
“With the same courage, passion, and vigor that he raced with each night, he fought valiantly to the end,” Jason Johnson Racing said in a statement. “His love of life and sprint car racing was only surpassed by his deep and authentic love for his family, friends, competitors, and fans. He never met a stranger, and certainly never met anyone that he was not willing to help or provide guidance. It is that giving and caring spirit that we will all forever miss.”
— Jason Johnson Racing (@JJR41Updates) June 24, 2018
Soon after the news broke of Johnson’s tragic death, stars from the NASCAR world began to share their sadness over their socials, with everyone from past competitors Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kenny Wallace to current racers Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon and Kyle Larson expressing their disbelief.
One of my favorite all-time pictures in life just happens to be Jason Johnson big win at Knoxville.. Its been in my phone ever since.. pic.twitter.com/pw73t9eoXn
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) June 24, 2018
When a racer loses his life, the world of motorsports across all disciplines takes notice and pays its respects. My heart goes out to Jason, his family, his friends, his competitors, and his fans. https://t.co/PWCjU61ffK
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 24, 2018
Saddened to hear the news of another fellow racer losing his life. RIP Jason https://t.co/8tFw2YQv48
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) June 24, 2018
I never knew Jason Johnson but I followed his career in the dirt racing world. We will be racing with a heavy heart today as we lost another member of the racing family. #Prayers
— Ty Dillon (@tydillon) June 24, 2018
Life isn’t fair sometimes… Praying for Bobbi, Jaxx, friends and family of @JasonJohnsonRac. RIP Jason!
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) June 24, 2018
We send our heartfelt condolences to all those mourning the death of Jason Johnson.