On Saturday night August 10th Steven O'Neil, 54 was struck by a race car while on duty at Bakersfield Speedway located in Oildale, CA. He died later at a local hospital due to his injuries. On behalf of its staff, track officials, drivers, crews and fans, Irwindale Speedway has made a contribution to the Steve O'Neil Memorial Fund.
In memory of Steve O’Neil, the Bakersfield facility has made a statement on their website indicating that the scheduled events for Saturday August 17th will be postponed.
"We were all saddened by the news of the loss of Bakersfield Speedway track official Steven O'Neil," said Irwindale Event Center President/CEO Jim Cohan.
"We know that there was an immediate response from the fans at the speedway ... taking up a collection for the family and we want try to help out as well," Cohan indicated. "All of racing is really one big family, and our track officials are the people who we ask to keep us safe every night. Losing one of them is something that affects everyone in the entire racing community very deeply.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the O'Neil family and to all of the racers, fans, and other officials who knew Steven O'Neil and appreciated what he did for the track."
Contributions may be sent to Steve O'Neil Memorial Account, PO Box 9506, Bakersfield, CA 93389 (ref. account # 34154). For more information, please visit: www.irwindaleeventcenter.com