Boonville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Mourners gathered Wednesday to remember racecar driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was hit by Tony Stewart’s speeding car after he got out of his vehicle following a racing incident with the NASCAR star.
Mourners wore the same outfit: A black and orange T-shirt with Ward Jr.’s name splashed on the back over an illustration of his sprint car. Some mourners wore an orange and white ribbon with a picture of a No. 13 wearing a halo and wings.
Pace cars from nearby racetracks – Utica Rome Speedway, Can-Am Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park among them – were parked outside the funeral home as well-wishers from all over New York’s racing community came to pay their respects.
Some NASCAR drivers also sent their condolences. Among those who sent flowers were Dale Earnhardt Jr., who lost his father in a racing accident in the 2001 Daytona 500, and Chip Ganassi Racing.
Ward got out of his car following a racing incident with Tony Stewart. When Ward approached Stewart’s car to confront the NASCAR star during a caution period, he was struck by the right rear tire, run over and killed.
Ward’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at South Lewis High School, where he graduated two years ago.