KE Kumar, a highly respected racer, died on Sunday after a crash in the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Auto Racing Championship at Madras International Circuit in Chennai. He was 59 years old. The incident occurred when Kumar’s car came into contact with a competitor’s during the saloon race this morning. The car skidded down the track and landed on the roof after crashing into a fence. The race was immediately stopped (red flag). Within minutes, Kumar was pulled from the rubble and transferred to an ambulance before being taken to a nearby hospital after a preliminary examination at the track’s medical centre. Despite the best efforts of the hospital doctors, he succumbed to his injuries.
Meet President Vicky Chandhok said: “This is a very unfortunate incident. Kumar was an experienced runner. I have known him for several decades as a friend and competitor. The MMSC and the entire racing fraternity mourn his passing and extend their deepest condolences to his family.” Chandhok added that the sport’s national governing body FMSCI and the organizers, MMSC, have launched an investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, out of respect to Kumar, who was a life member of MMSC, the remainder of the day’s program was cancelled.
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