A veteran employee of more than a decade at Tony Stewart’s racing team and a beloved member of their working family has tragically passed away after succumbing to injuries sustained during a crash on Tuesday night (June 4th, 2019).
We lost a good one last night. 10 years of working together you become family. Please keep everyone @StewartHaasRcng in your thoughts and prayers. ????
— Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) June 5, 2019
According to The Mooresville Tribune, Shawn Soules, a longtime Stewart-Haas Racing employee was killed after being struck while driving his motorcycle southbound on Coddle Creek Highway.
The 47-year-old was wearing a helmet and was not speeding, but a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction turned left and failed to yield – crossing right in front of Soules and causing an accident.
Soules died at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and was not suspected of distracted driving or being under the influence.
“We are grieving the loss of one of our own,” SHR President Brett Frood told NBC Sports. “Shawn Soules was an exceptional member of Stewart-Haas Racing whose expertise, passion and genuine fun-loving personality will be greatly missed and remembered. This is a tragic loss for the entire racing community and we are committed to providing support to Shawn’s family and colleagues during this difficult time.”
A fabricator for SHR also shared a tweet remembering Soules and shared an image of the emblem SHR cars at the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will be carrying this weekend in Soules’ honor.
As we head to @MISpeedway, we do so with heavy hearts. @StewartHaasRcng & the racing community lost a member of the family yesterday. Shawn was an incredible teammate and will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all his friends & family in these toughest of times. pic.twitter.com/prruqnPDab
— ᏰᏒᎥᏗᏁ ᎷᏬᏒᎮᏂᎩ (@Brian_Murphy_) June 5, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with Soules family, friends, and colleagues as they mourn this terrible loss.