BAKERSFIELD - The Bakersfield Speedway was quiet Tuesday as the owner held a news conference to talk about the death of Steve O'Neil. The race official was killed by an out-of-control race car Saturday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the O'Neil family and we wish them the best," said Scott Schweitzer, owner.
Schweitzer also spoke about the driver of the race car that struck O'Neil, Mike Hill Jr.
"Again a very tough situation for the driver,” Schweitzer said. “Very shaken that night. He is doing well. We have had contact with him and he's got a strong family around him.”
A spokesperson for the O'Neil family read a statement at the news conference. "We are still trying to process this horrible tragedy and ask for your understanding and consideration. Steve O'Neil was greatly loved and will be missed."
CAL-OSHA is investing the crash.
Racing was scheduled for this Saturday, but has been canceled in honor of O’Neil. It will resume Saturday, August 24th.