Ashlea Albertson was a 24-year-old race car driver who was involved in a highway crash in Indiana on August 18, 2023. She was a driver for Tony Stewart Racing, a team founded by the former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. She competed in the TQ Midget series, a type of dirt racing that uses small open-wheel cars.
Ashlea Albertson Cause of Death
Albertson was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the two-vehicle crash that took place in Jackson County, Indiana, at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, according to a release on Facebook from the Indiana State Police.
Today, I lost a teammate. @AshDogRacing had an infectious personality and could light up any room. She was a great race car driver that was involved in a road rage accident and lost her life. In the past, I’ve also gotten caught up in road rage. I hope that we can honor Ashlea by… pic.twitter.com/mnvPYeujWf— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) August 19, 2023
Police said video taken from a different vehicle showed a GMC Terrain, in which Albertson was a passenger, and a Chevy Malibu refusing to allow one another to pass as both cars accelerated.
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When the driver of the Malibu started to change lanes, the driver of the Terrain lost control of the vehicle, according to authorities. The Terrain spun out, crashed into the Malibu, and rolled over, ejecting Albertson from the vehicle, police said. The Malibu exited the highway before coming to rest in a field.
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Ashlea was born on September 26, 1998, and left her earthly body on August 18, 2023, at the young age of 24 due to injuries sustained in a car accident on the highway. She graduated from Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2017.
Ashlea has been a competitive race car driver since 2011 when she began driving quarter midgets at the Kokomo Quarter Midget Club and occasionally at Mini Indy. In 2014, she switched to the Kenyon Midget Series driving a Kenyon midget, and eventually landing in the All-Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midget series in 2017.
Ashlea logged several feature wins and many podium finishes while driving a car sponsored by Tony Stewart Racing. She was in fourth place in points this season and still striving to achieve her goal of a series win.