Died: May 21, 2014 (Ottawa)
On Lap 47 of a 100-lap endurance race, driver Wesley Wallin was spotted slumped over the steering wheel. His No. 71 Chevrolet clipped another car before veering to the right off the track and across the infield, where it crashed into a wall. A track crew immediately began CPR and Wallin was rushed to a hospital in Ottawa, where he was pronounced dead. He was 57.
A familiar figure at Capital City Speedway in Ashton, Ont., Wallin formed JWC Racing, a team named for himself and his sons Jaime, 22, and Casey, 18.
The incident occurred in the final event of the season’s opening night at the three-eighths-of-a-mile oval. Speedway president Todd Gow told the Ottawa Citizen it appeared Wallin suffered a heart attack between Corners 1 and 2 on the track. His car was believed to have been going no more than 65 km/h at the time of the accident.
The Speedway held a memorial for the “soft spoken and gentle man” on May 28.
Wallin leaves his two sons, three sisters, two brothers, and a girlfriend, Se’Kukun Cochrane. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Debra O’Toole, who was also his business partner.