By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - Sports car driver John Legat was attempting to pass another car in the Jefferson 500 Sunday afternoon when he lost control on a curve and struck a tree, splitting his vintage race car in half, according to West Virginia State Police.
Legat, 50, of Carol Stream, Ill., was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, said Trooper S.T. Dillon.
Legat worked with computers, but spent his weekends competing on an East Coast racing circuit, Dillon said.
Legat also had a pilot's license and flew fixed-wing aircraft, Dillon said.
His wife and a friend were at the track when the accident occurred, Dillon said.
A crowd of about 2,500 were on hand Sunday for the race, the sixth annual vintage sports car race, said track spokeswoman Marie Orsini Monday.