Troy, MI (July 29, 1998) - Funerals for the three victims of the incident that occurred Sunday at the U.S. 500 at Michigan Speedway will be conducted Thursday and Friday in Michigan and Tennessee.
Kenneth Dale Fox, 38, of Lansing, Mich.; Sheryl Ann Laster, 40, of Milan, Mich.; and Michael Terry Tautkus, 49, of Milan, Mich., each died when an airborne wheel and other debris struck spectators in the Turn 4 grandstands. Six people were injured in the incident and were treated at W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Mich., and have since been released.
"This is a very sad time for all of us in the CART Community," said Andrew Craig, chairman and CEO for Championship Auto Racing Teams. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy."
Michigan Speedway officials announced Wednesday that the families have established memorial contributions in the name of those who died to the following charities:
Sheryl Ann Laster: The American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30329.Michael Terry Tautkus: The National Kidney Foundation, 2350 S. Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.Kenneth Dale Fox: No special requests have been made at this time for donations to a charity organization.
"I know I speak for each of us in CART racing when I say that our heartfelt sympathies go out to those who were touched by this tragedy," added Craig. "We appreciate that several of you have contacted us and Michigan Speedway to show your concern and to see what you might do in the way of sending flowers or making a memorial donation. We encourage you to make donations to the designated charities in memory of those who died."
Source: CART Online