Auburndale Kids Club Driver Injured

[B][I]I removed the previous. The young man was severly injured in a crash in the Kids club race at Auburndale this evening. I am getting updates from the Auburndale Facebook page.

From the Baynews 9 website "AUBURNDALE –
A child has been injured following a crash at the Auburndale Speedway.

According to Polk County Fire Rescue officials, a child has been rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in unknown condition.

Officials could not confirm if the child was driving a racecar.

The child was taken from the speedway before 10 p.m. The child has not been identified."

They are reporting that he has been transfered to All Childrens Hospital in St. Pete…


[B][I]Baynews 9 update:
May 20 12:31:30 AM

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Child seriously injured in crash at Auburndale Speedway
Last Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 12:13AM Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on googleShare on emailMore Sharing Services0AUBURNDALE –
A child has been seriously injured in a crash at the Auburndale Speedway.

According to Polk County Fire Rescue officials, the child was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in unknown condition. Tampa General Hospital officials said the child was at their hospital later Saturday night.

According to Bay News 9’s partners at The Lakeland Ledger, a boy was racing on the track around 7:45 p.m. when he lost control and crashed into a wall.

Witnesses at the scene tell Bay News 9 the child was a driver in a junior racing series and hit a wall head-on. Witnesses said the race was canceled.

The child has not been identified.


[B][I]From the Lakeland Ledger:

Boy, 12, Seriously Injured in Race For Kids at Auburndale Speedway
By Matthew Pleasant

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:58 p.m.
AUBURNDALE | A 12-year-old boy was injured Saturday night while racing a car at Auburndale Speedway, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened about 7:45 p.m. as the boy raced with five other children. While taking the track’s second turn, he collided with another car, lost control and struck a wall head-on, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg in very serious condition, deputies said.

No information on his identity was available late Saturday.

Speedway owner Rex Guy declined to comment Saturday.


I hope he makes it through. Racing is a dangerous sport. My heart goes out to the parents. I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through. Truly a sad day in racing.

Trevor Veasey

I’m glad to see that the boy survived the crash and will have a chance to recover and live his life. Initial reports posted on Facebook said first that he was injured, and then someone commented that he had passed away. I guess a lot of people were passing around secondhand info and the confusion came from that. We’ll keep the prayers coming for him and his family.

[B][I]From ABC news website:
Boy, 12, flown to area hospital after racing crash at Auburndale Speedway
Posted: 6:49 AM
•Jennifer Moore

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - A 12-year-old boy suffered critical injuries in a crash at Auburndale Speedway.

According to spokesperson Donna Wood, it happened at approximately 7:45 p.m. during a kids race. Tyler Morr, of Arcadia, was driving a car, and there were five other vehicles on the track.

During the second turn, the boy’s car reportedly collided with another car - then hit the wall.

Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles at the time of the crash and both were harnessed and wearing helmets. The vehicles were reinforced inside as is common with standard race type cars.

Both vehicles are non-registered modified cars built strictly for race track operation. Speeds of vehicles involved in the crash are estimated to be no more 40-45 mph.

Wood says the boy was first airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, but then flown to All Children’s Hospital once he was stabilized.

A statement on Auburndale Speedway’s website says Saturday’s races were canceled after a “tragic accident occurred during our Kids Club heat race. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler Morr’s, family and friends.”

Morr is reportedly now in critical condition.


updated this morning from a friend of the family, Kaycee Mays

Please continue to pray for Tyler Morr.
He had one of many surgeries earlier this morning.
His family appreciates everyone’s prayers

Tyler and his family are in my prayers. I am so glad he is still with us and I will pray hard that it remains that way. Having any driver hurt is bad but when it comes to a 12 year old, well, there are no words. God bless Tyler and his family and my prayers are with you all.

still Praying.

Gods in control! Hang in there little buddy,we are behind you 100%. David if theres any thing we can do please call…

same here!! be strong!! thoughts and prayers!!!

any updates?

[URL=“”]Parents defend youth racing after crash critically injures 12-year-old boy

Tyler Morr

Reports from a facebook page claim he has passed away. Sad day for Florida racing. No matter how old the racers is we have all lost a member of the racing family.

12-year-old racer who crashed at Auburndale Speedway has died, From Baynews9…

To his family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

12 yrs old Racer

Yesterday I had a Tampa newspaper and I read about it, and it has a picture of him in the car racing,and what I looking at that, and looking at it closer in the picture, he doesnt have much safely measurement in the car, Im talking neck brace or support so, he or other younger driver need to wear them now. Its dont take much to injured the neck in no time or whipspach (spelling), so, next time when a kid race again, they all go in and inspection all the car and have them start to wear neck brace, so, it would never happen again. I crash at Ocala when it was pave, I tell you what, coming off 4th turn, wall there faster then you think, turn 1-2 are wide, and 3-4 are tight. I had climb out of the car fine. And I started I had some bruised when I got home. I was praying for him til I heard he passed.