Aug 19, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT
Late, sad news has emerged after the weekend’s GRAND-AM events at Kansas Speedway. Roger Miller, a competitor in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and son of former Utah Jazz owner and businessman Larry H. Miller, died Sunday at age 45.
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, no cause of death was listed and the family issued a brief statement.
“Roger was a gentle soul and he will be missed,” his brother Greg Miller said in the statement.
Roger Miller competed with co-driver Ian James in Continental’s GS class, in a Dempsey Racing-prepared Ford Mustang Boss 302R. The pair finished 11th overall in Saturday’s SFP Grand Prix race at Kansas.
Larry H. Miller died in 2009. A businessman and philanthropist in Utah, he also had an impact on motorsports as he conceived the Miller Motorsports Park permanent road course outside Salt Lake City in Tooele, one of the country’s top road racing facilities. The full track was opened in 2006.
Further information is likely to follow in the coming days.
UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. ET, Monday: Patrick Dempsey, Dempsey Racing team principal, tweeted the following on Monday morning:
All of Dempsey Racing is saddened by the loss of our friend, racer, n team mate, Roger Miller. Our thoughts are with his family n friends.
— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) August 19, 2013
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