Connecticut state police are investigating an untimely death at Lime Rock park in Salisbury.
Police say Lee Duran, 73, of Archer Road in Lyme, died of injuries from crashing on the racetrack at Lime Rock Park Saturday afternoon during Lime Rock Park's Historic Festival 32.
He was competing in Group 2, Race 2 at about 2:15 p.m. when his 1934 MG PA race car veered off the track at the exit by Turn 7 and he lost control of the vehicle, according to Lime Rock. Witnesses reported that Duran's car flipped at least once before landing on its side. He was transported to Sharon Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Lime Rock.
The park released a statement Saturday expressing condolences.
"Lime Rock in particular and the world's racing fraternity in general are deeply saddened by the accident that claimed Lee Duran's life. A long time racer, Lee will be missed deeply," Lime Rock's statement said.
Other races were delayed as a result of the fatal crash, according to an event-goer.
The races, featuring vintage and historic cars, run through Monday and are part of a festival that has been a Labor Day weekend tradition at the park since 1983.
Duran was participating in a sanctioned race at the time, according to police. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The case is still under investigation.