Canada

Canadian race car driver killed in crash

One of Canada's top race drivers, Greg Moore, was killed in a horrifying crash in California Sunday, near the start of his last scheduled race of the season.

Moore was competing in the CART Marlboro 500 when he lost control on the second turn of the tenth lap in the 250-lap race.

His Reynard-Mercedes race car was travelling at about 350 km/h when it flipped, slammed into a retaining wall, and broke into several pieces.

He started the race despite breaking a bone in his hand during an accident on a scooter Saturday. Moore collided with a car near the track.

The 24-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., was in his final race with the Player's Racing Team. He was scheduled to join Roger Penske's racing team next year.

Moore was taken to hospital with severe internal and head injuries. Early Sunday night, doctors confirmed he had died at 1:21 p.m. local time.

Two years ago, Moore became the youngest winner in CART history, taking first in the Milwaukee Mile one week and the Detroit Grand Prix the next.

He joined the CART circuit in 1996, and finished fifth overall last year, with four wins and 25 top-10 showings.