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Remembering Jason Leffler

Remembering Jason Leffler

by June 17, 2013 0 comments

Every time there is a death in the motorsports community it affects me. But Jason Leffler’s passing hit me harder than others. You always know the possibility exists, you know it happens, you just never think it will happen to someone you know.

I did not know Jason Leffler well, but I did know him through my time working at Kasey Kahne Racing. He was at the shop frequently; always smiling, upbeat and took the time to say hello.

I won’t lie; there are few drivers among NASCAR’s top circuits that I like, and Jason Leffler was one of the few I liked and respected as a driver. From what I knew of him, he was a genuine person, humble and one hell of a racecar driver.

I saw Leffler at KKR in the days following his release from Turner Motorsports in 2011. He was upbeat and as positive as ever. His attitude showed his desire for the sport and his passion to race. The sport tore him down many times and when many would throw in the towel and quit, he didn’t.

I cannot think of a better testament to his character. Our sport needs more drivers like Jason Leffler. To view racing as a privilege, not a job.  A true aspiration to race, because it is what you do, it is what you love. Whether racing NASCAR, sprint cars or midgets, he was grateful to be behind the wheel.

It reminds us how quickly things can change, and how much we take for granted on a daily basis. It breaks my heart to think of his little boy, Charlie, spending Father’s Day without his dad, hero and best friend yesterday. My heart goes out to the rest of his family and friends as they deal with this terrible situation.

In lieu of the events, it has been heartwarming to see a community come together and show support for Charlie Dean. From a trust fund set up, to fans and drivers donating money, it is incredible to see people come together. What better way to honor Jason Leffler than to help ensure his son’s future. It is very evident that Jason Leffler will be missed on and off the track.

Caitlin Tinius

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