Tyler Wolf, 20, of Redding, California, was a budding racecar driver moving up in California's sprint car ranks, but an unfortunate accident in competition took his life on Saturday at Calistoga Speedway. On the third lap of a 30-lap race at the half-mile dirt oval, Wolf's car lost control, veered off the track and collided with the outside retaining wall causing it to flip. According to the report on Chico Enterprise-Record, Wolf was unconscious but alive when paramedics got to the scene of his accident, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour later due to head injuries.

The news report also features an interview with his father, Chuck Wolf, who said that his son has been racing since he was six years old and has been racing sprint cars since he was 14, and last year, he was named the track champion at the Silver Dollar Speedway. In addition to racing, Wolf also built and worked on his own racecars.

Calistoga Speedway's website had this to say about Wolf:

We are deeply saddened by this loss to our racing family and want to express our sincere condolences to Tyler's family and friends.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no shame in dying while you do something you love. RIP
      Erik Reid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Steven, HANS devices aren't mandatory with most sanctions, but a lot guys use some type of head and neck restraint. In fact, many believe the HANS is not the ideal apparatus for open wheel cars like sprint cars and midgets. However, our driver does wear one. I'm not certain whether Tyler was wearing a HANS, or if one would have saved his life. There are rumors the cage was damaged during the impact, but I cannot confirm. Racing is such a fickle sport. Especially sprint cars and midgets. Most of us grow up around it and love this sport more than anything. Unfortunately, it reminds us too often how cruel it can be. Every time we climb in the truck to head to the track I know it could be our last.
      Steven Bremer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not sure if HANS devices are mandatory in that level of Sprint car racing, but they need to be. Sad to lose another great driver.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We just saw him race at Tulare and a week later he's gone. Very sad to hear this.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rewarding sport, but very unforgiving!
      • 2 Years Ago
      A sad day. :-(