For all the talent in the Indianapolis 500, there’s one driver who’s left standing out from the crowd.
IndyCar champion Casey Stoner’s championship-winning run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ended in June when he was found dead in his home.
The 26-year-old driver was an all-star at the Indy 500, finishing in fourth place for the third straight year and the most in his career.
Stoner’s body was found on June 28 in his Indianapolis home, where his wife, Casey, and son, Caleb, were sleeping.
Casey was a four-time champion of the Indianapolis oval, having won five of the last six seasons.
He was the first driver to win the race twice, and in 2015 he won the title for the fourth time.
The news has shaken the Indycar community.
It was widely expected that Stoner would be on the list of drivers on the shortlist to compete in the Indy car series for next year’s series.
But it turns out Stoner was not among the final 24.
IndyCar confirmed that Stooner’s death was not a result of a fall.
“While Casey Stoon is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of his friend, Casey will always be an Indianapolis 500 champion and one of the most important drivers to the sport,” the series said in a statement.
“Casey will be missed by his friends, family and the entire IndyCar family.
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