Vintage race car driver dies at Salisbury festival

SALISBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– State police are investigating a deadly crash involving a vintage race car.  It happened Saturday afternoon on the iconic track at Lime Rock Park in Salisbury.

It was a stretch of track at Lime Rock Park where a vintage race car driver lost control and crashed.

“Very sadly for the first time in this 32 year event we lost a member of the family,” said Roso.

Rick Roso, spokesperson for Lime Rock Park says the crash happened Saturday afternoon around 2:30, killing 73-year-old Lee Duran of Lyme.

“Yesterday Mr. Duran lost control of his race car leaving turn 7 and he crashed. Most crashes in racing as you know where everyone is fine but there are those instances where people are hurt and sadly that’s what happened,” said Roso.

Duran was behind the wheel of his car, known as a 1934 MA PA. Eyewitnesses say the car was coming off a downhill turn when it spun out of control and flipped over.  It’s believed the car was traveling between 80 and 90 miles an hour. Duran was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

News 8 has learned his wife was watching the race when the crash happened.

“For the record he was an experienced race car driver. He had been doing it all his life. In fact he started racing motorcycles when he was younger,” said Roso.

Despite the crash, the annual historic festival at the track is going on as scheduled. Sunday droves of people came out for this car show. Monday, there will be more races. It’s an event that attracts people from all over the country. Even big names, like world renowned race car driver Sir Stirling Moss.

“There are a few cars here I’d like to try good bad and indifferent because old cars have character,” said Moss.

As the show goes on, state police are still investigating Saturday’s crash.

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