A central Indiana man tragically lost his life Saturday evening during a bracket racing event being held at the Wagler Motorsports Park, formerly known as the Lyons Motorsports Park, in Lyons, Indiana.
William “Bill” Young, 54, of Bedford, succumbed to his injuries shortly after being transported from the Wagler facility following a single-vehicle accident in his low five-second (eighth-mile) doorslammer. The incident was reported to dispatchers at 9:44 p.m., during the opening round of Super Pro eliminations. According to eyewitness reports, Young’s car got loose near the finish stripe, crossed the centerline, and hit the guardrail before rolling over several times and coming to rest in the grass outside of the shutdown area.
Members of the Greene County Ambulance Service, Lyons Fire Department, and Switz City Fire responded to the scene, removed Young from the car, and began emergency life-saving procedures for his injuries.
Young leaves behind a wife, Kim, and son and second-generation racer, McColley.
Fellow competitors have offered and outpouring of support for their fallen friend and his family.
“Last night God called a friend of mine home — a friend that always made me smile every time he was around. One who always walked up to shake my hand and joke around, passing on his warm cheerful ways.” noted Todd Eckert. Todd Johnson added, “My heart goes out to the young family. Bill was a great guy, racer and friend. He was always in good spirit wherever you saw him. Taken way to soon.”