Crandon International Off-Road Raceway Statement on Loss of Jason Baldwin
Off-road racing champion driver Jason Baldwin was killed in a plane crash this past Saturday afternoon off the Southern California coast.
Jason Baldwin was an off-road racing champion at the very top of his game.
He is the reigning "King of Crandon" and the most recent champion of the BorgWarner Shootout -- short course off-road racing's most celebrated and prestigious event -- winning the $125,000 BorgWarner off-road cup this past Labor Day weekend.
He set the fastest single lap record at Crandon Raceway in 2001 -- a record he still holds at 1:24:50 around Crandon's 1.75 mile track.
Jason Baldwin epitomized what off-road racing was all about and was truly an ambassador for the sport. A champion track and desert racer, Baldwin first raced at Crandon in 1999. During the past six years, he developed a huge fan base at Crandon for his winning ways and personable nature with fans. Baldwin, 35, resided in Newport Beach, CA.
Jason Baldwin is part of the Baldwin Off-Road Motorsports race team. The team's short course off-road race trucks and desert race trucks operate a race shop in nearby Argonne, WI. He was off-road racing's "2004 Driver of the Year" as named by DirtSports Magazine. Jason raced with his younger brother, Josh Baldwin, winner of the 2005 Potawatomi Chairman's Cup at Crandon this past June as well as his brother-in-law Carl Renezeder, who won the Chairman's Cup in 2003 and the BorgWarner Shootout in 2004.
Jason's wife Evie, his sister Kelley and sister-in-law Cissy race off-road buggies. Jason has two small daughters, Annabelle and Sabrina Kate. Jason's father, Jim, is the owner of Championship Off-Road Racing, the sanctioning body for off-road events held at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
Jason will be honored at Crandon Raceway at the 2006 racing events.
"Jason Baldwin's passing is a monumental loss for the sport of off-road racing and our deepest sympathies and condolences are extended to the entire Baldwin family," said Cliff Flannery, president, Crandon Raceway.
"He is mourned by the entire off-road racing community, Crandon Raceway, it's fans, sponsors and racers," he said. "Jason Baldwin will always be remembered at Crandon as a noble competitor and for his off-track qualities as a friend, family man and as an inspiration to live life to its very fullest."