NASCAR fan killed by lighting strike identified

A severe thunderstorm ended the Pennsylvania 400 early Sunday and injured nine fans, one fatally. (Getty Images)

The NASCAR fan that was struck and killed by lightning at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon was identified Monday as 41 year old Brian Zimmerman of Moosic Pennsylvania.

Brandon Igdalsky president and CEO of the raceway released the name along with details of Sunday’s incident. The Pennsylvania 400 was delayed by rain for nearly two hours, and was shortened to 98 of the scheduled 160 laps when a severe thunderstorm rolled across the area.

Raceway officials warned fans to take cover, but a total of 10 were injured in two subsequent lightning strikes.

According to Igdalsky: At approximately 5:01 p.m. Eastern Time, the first lightning strike occurred on property inside our Grandstand Parking area, located near Gate 5A. A Pocono Raceway Grandstand Fire unit was stationed in the vicinity and witnessed the actual strike. The response was immediate as the unit reported the incident to our control tower and advised spectators were injured. CPR was started immediately to Mr. Zimmerman by a friend on the scene. MORE>>>


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