Thousands Turn Out to Remember Fallen Race Car Driver
The grandstands were packed Saturday afternoon at the Shasta Speedway in Anderson as an estimated few thousand people gathered to remember a fallen race care driver.
Decked out in number 19 apparel and camouflage, friends and family attended the celebration of life, "Tyler's Main Event" to honor 20 year-old Tyler Wolf.
Tyler died trying to make a pass during the third lap of a sprint car race in Calistoga last Friday.
Although there were lots of tears during the ceremony, it was also a time to share fond memories of Tyler, those close to him described him as a hard worker, dedicated to his family and racing.
Tyler's family said he started racing go-carts when he was 6 years-old.
At 19 he was the youngest to win a sprint car championship race at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.
The Silver Dollar Speedway said since Tyler's passing they plan to name a trophy and a race after him.
In the course of his short, but packed career he racked up more than 200 trophies, which his family said he often gave away to fans or family. Some of those memorable trophies were on display at the ceremony.
There were many emotional moments at Sunday's remembrance, the hearse made an honorary lap around the racetrack and Tyler's dogs, Hunter and Benelli, sat in his truck paying tribute to their master.
Tyler's older sister LeeAnn Mollath said she wanted to thank the community for the amazing amount of support her family has received.
"Our family just wants to thank you for all the help and we want to send it back to you because I know you are all hurting too," said Mollath.
A memorial fund has been set up at Tri Counties Bank. If you would like to donate to the "Tyler Wolf Memorial Fund" you can donate at any location.
The Wolf family said they plan to use the money to create a foundation to help kids with their work skills.