“With the same courage, passion and vigor that he raced with each night, he fought valiantly to the end. His love of life and sprint car racing was only surpassed by his deep and authentic love for his family, friends, competitors and fans. He never met a stranger, and certainly never met anyone that he was not willing to help or provide guidance.”

Sprint car driver Jason Johnson died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, race officials said Sunday. He was 41.

Johnson was injured during a World of Outlaws race Saturday night at the 1/3-mile-long dirt oval, the series said. The organization said the driver from Eunice, Louisiana — whose shop is based in Rocky Mount, Missouri — crashed on lap 18 of a 40-lap race while racing for the lead and was taken to a hospital.

The series posted a message Sunday morning on Twitter saying that Johnson had died.

A message posted on the Twitter account for Jason Johnson Racing said the team was "heartbroken and saddened to tell you that we have lost our leader, friend, family member and our hero."

A press release issued on the Jason Johnson Racing website remembered Johnson for his giving and caring spirit.

“With the same courage, passion and vigor that he raced with each night, he fought valiantly to the end. His love of life and sprint car racing was only surpassed by his deep and authentic love for his family, friends, competitors and fans. He never met a stranger, and certainly never met anyone that he was not willing to help or provide guidance.”

Johnson leaves behind wife Bobbi, son Jaxx, mother Debra, father Craig, cousin and crew chief Philip as well as other family and the JJR #41 team and all of his supporters.

The press release asked the public to keep the family in thoughts and prayers.

The World of Outlaws shared a tweet from Bobbi Johnson announcing memorial services at the Jason Johnson Race Shop at 26733 Highway Y, Rocky Mount, Missouri.

Pastor Mark Kessler will hold prayer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. The tweet says everyone is invited including friends and fans. Following the service, Johnson will be buried in his hometown of Eunice, Louisiana.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by the World of Outlaws for the family.

Condolences poured in on social media following the announcement of his death. NASCAR drivers woke up to news of Johnson's death hours before their race in California.

"Won some races, and championships together. Jason was a great leader for his team and strong man for his family," Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wrote on Twitter . "He went about things his own way and was really fun to watch."

Tony Stewart Racing said it was heartbroken as it mourned Johnson's death.

"While fierce competitors on-track, the racing family has a bond that's unbreakable," the team wrote. Johnson won the 2016 Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.

The racing community has seen several drivers die in crashes in recent years.

In 2013, Jason Leffler died following a crash at a New Jersey sprint car race.

The following year, Formula One driver Jules Bianchi suffered head injuries in the Japanese Grand Prix that ultimately cost him his life. Sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann died in 2014 during a wreck at practice at Beaver Dam.

Justin Wilson was killed when he was struck in the head by a piece of debris during an IndyCar race at Pocono in 2015.

A year later, Bryan Clauson died from injuries suffered in a crash during a race in Kansas. The popular Clauson was widely considered the best dirt-track racer in the nation.