US race crash victim was cousin of driver: sheriff


SAN FRANCISCO — A California raceway crash killed a racecar owner and the young cousin of the teenage driver whose vehicle careened off the track before it struck the two victims in the pit area, authorities said Sunday.

Dale Wondergem Jr., 68, and Marcus Johnson, 14, were in the pit area when they were hit about 6 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Raceway Park, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Sacramento, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Both Wondergem and Marcus Johnson died.

Marcus Johnson was identified by authorities as the cousin of 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson, who was not injured in the crash.