Sondra Leitzinger, 65, died of a heart attack in her sleep Wednesday at home in State College, PA.
She was the wife of Bob Leitzinger, long-time IMSA and SCCA sports car racer, and mother of road-racing star Butch Leitzinger. Karen Kurtz Earl, who worked at Watkins Glen International, is Sondra's daughter.
Sondra was an accomplished motorsports artist, in addition to her very active motorsport schedule. She is famous for her rendering of "Driver's Meeting" and many other works.
"Sondra was one of the nicest ladies in racing that I have had the privilege to know. She was always nice to everyone at the track from the team members to the fans so stopped by," said an SCCA member. "My heart goes out to the family at their loss of an loving wife and mother."
Visitation is on Friday between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and 6:00 and 9:00 pm at:
Koch Funeral Home
2401 S Atherton St
State College, PA
The funeral services are set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Koch's Funeral Home.
The family has set up two charities in lieu of flowers.
Watkins Glen Motor Racing Research Library
Attn: John Beckman
610 S. Decatur St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Check made payable to: IMRRC
Infant Evaluation Program
Attn: Mark Milliron
915 Benner Pike
State College, PA 16801
Check made payable to: Infant Evaluation Program
Motorsport.com extends their condolences to the Leitziner families, friends, and the SCCA community on the loss of Sondra.