CHAMPCAR/CART: Greg Moore Dies in Horrific Crash at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Sunday, October 31 - Greg Moore was killed Sunday in a terrifying crash during the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway. He was from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada <P> On the 10th lap of the 250-lap event Sunday, ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Greg Moore Dies in Horrific Crash at Fontana

FONTANA, Calif. - Sunday, October 31 - Greg Moore was killed Sunday in a terrifying crash during the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway. He was from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

<P>

On the 10th lap of the 250-lap event Sunday, Moore appeared to lose control as his car coming off turn two. The Reynard-Mercedes skidded onto the infield grass, crashed hard into a retaining wall and broke into pieces, with the driver's tub spinning wildly, slamming into the ground several times before coming to a halt.

Dr. Steve Olvey, director of medical affairs for CART, said Moore sustained massive head injuries and was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center. About an hour after the accident CART confirmed the 24-year-old Canadian was dead.

Greg Moore almost missed Sunday's season-ending race after breaking a finger, suffering a deep laceration to his right hand and a bruised right hip on Saturday in an off-track incident in which his scooter was struck by a car in the paddock area.

Moore was cleared to drive after a six-lap test on the two-mile oval late Saturday, starting the 500-mile race last in the 27-car field.

This was the 72nd start in Moore's CART FedEx Series career. He has five victories, including the season-opening race in Homestead, Fla., this season, and was the runner-up in last year's Marlboro 500.

Moore, who drove for Player's Forsythe Racing for all four seasons in CART, was scheduled to move to Team Penske next year.

CART chief steward Wally Dallenbach canceled post-race celebrations. The flags at the speedway were lowered to half staff after Moore's death was confirmed.

There will me a memorial service for Greg at the Ontario Civic Center later this evening. We'll have more on Greg after the race. In the meantime our hearts and prayers are with Greg's mom and dad and his many friends this afternoon.

Moore was the second driver in the CART FedEx Series to die this year. Rookie Gonzalo Rodriguez of Uruguay, at only his second race, was killed in a crash Sept. 11 during practice at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey.

Rodriguez, 27, was the first driver fatality in the CART series since Jeff Krosnoff was killed in a crash during a race in Toronto in July 1996.

shares
comments
CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana Saturday Practice Results
Previous article

CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana Saturday Practice Results

Next article

IRL: Orlando Friday Afternoon Practice Report

IRL: Orlando Friday Afternoon Practice Report
Load comments
Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and series sophomore Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

IndyCar
Nov 22, 2021
How Marcus Ericsson finally unlocked his potential in IndyCar Prime

How Marcus Ericsson finally unlocked his potential in IndyCar

Marcus Ericsson enjoyed a breakout year in the IndyCar Series in 2021, winning twice and finishing sixth in points with Chip Ganassi Racing. How did he finally unlock the potential that was masked by five years of toil in Formula 1 with Caterham and Sauber/Alfa Romeo?

IndyCar
Nov 16, 2021
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win Prime

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win

Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Prime

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 15, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Prime

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star Prime

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star

Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Prime

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch Prime

IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch

The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Sep 11, 2021