BRIDGEPORT, NJ (June 12, 2013)– Former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was killed at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey when his Sprint Car flipped during a 412 Sprint race. Leffler was transported from the scene via helicopter, where he was later pronounced dead.
Leffler’s upper level racing career began in USAC, where he was a three time National Midget Champion and the 1998 Silver Crown Champion. He made 4 Nationwide Series starts for Roger Penske in 1999 while also pursuing an IRL career. He made his first IRL start in 1999 with Treadway Racing. Leffler would later make his only Indianapolis 500 Mile race start in 2000 with Treadwy Racing backed by Roger Penske. he started and finished 17th.
Leffler would make his biggest name in Nationwide/Sprint Cup racing, driving for Ganassi, Ultra, Haas CNC, and Joe Gibbs Racing. Jason’s best Sprint Cup season result was 37th overall in 2001. He finished 3rd overall in 2007 Nationwide Series standings.
Jason was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
He was a native of Long Beach, CA. Jason was 37 years old.