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IMS lights Pagoda in honor of Jason Leffler

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INDIANAPOLIS -

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is honoring the late Jason Leffler with a tribute atop the iconic Pagoda scoring board.

Leffler died last Wednesday in an accident at a dirt track in New Jersey. His funeral was Wednesday in North Carolina.

IMS officials illuminated the scoreboard with the number "50," which was the number on his car when he ran the 2000 Indianapolis 500. The scoreboard was also illuminated with "1975" and "2013" for the years Leffler was born and died.

Leffler competed in the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and in the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief operating officer Doug Boles said lighting the Pagoda was the speedway's attempt to remember Leffler and honor his accomplishments as a race car driver.

"Jason Leffler was one of the most versatile drivers in America, and he rose to the top ranks of racing by honing and mastering his skills in various forms of the sport at tracks all over the country," said Boles. "Fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were able to see him compete in both INDYCAR and NASCAR, and lighting the Pagoda with the years of his life and the car number he used in the Indianapolis 500 is our way to remember and honor his accomplishments as a race car driver. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his entire family, team and fans." 

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