Teen racer dies in Indy crash

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:28 PM ET

A 13-year-old motorcycle racer was killed during a warm-up lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.

Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Wash., died of "traumatic injuries" when he was rushed to hospital after his bike crashed, says The Indianapolis Star.

His father posted a message on his son's Facebook fan page saying, "Peter passed away early this morning when he was apparently struck by another rider. He passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track." The other rider, 12-year-old Xavier Zayat of New York, was not injured.

Photos of Lenz at Indy were also posted on the site just hours before his death. On his official site, it says the four-foot-eleven racer has been racing for six years and has won 18 regional and national championships.

The U.S. Grand Prix Racers Union sanctions races across the country for teens aged 12 to 18 who want to become professional motorcycle racers.


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