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DATE News (chronologically)
08/19/13
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Roger Miller dies
Dempsey Racing team owner Patrick Dempsey, motorsports business partner Joe Foster and Dempsey Racing No. 158 Miller Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R co-driver Ian James join their teammates in extending their thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to Roger Miller and his family after Miller’s unexpected passing overnight Saturday in Kansas City.

Miller and James were second-year teammates in 2013 in the GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge, Miller’s third season racing Mustangs prepared by Dempsey Racing in the GS division of the series.

Dempsey, Foster, James and everyone at Dempsey Racing – Roger’s friends and teammates – express their deepest condolences and sympathy for Roger and his family at this difficult time.

Patrick Dempsey – “The news hit us all hard, a shocking and deeply sad loss of a dear friend. We can’t express enough our sorrow and sympathy for Roger and his family. He was an integral part of our team and, more significantly, such a great friend for much longer than that. Our relationship with Roger and his family started at Miller Motorsports Park several years prior to racing with him and it was always a pleasure. Just a fantastic person, great teammate, and I am so glad, Joe, Ian and I and other members of our team were able to spend some time that will now be cherished with Roger just two weeks ago at Road America.”

Joe Foster – “What a shocking loss to all of us. Roger was a friend and I so enjoyed his passion for all things friends, family and racing.  While not losing focus on family and business, Roger had put a huge effort into his on-track performance and had made big progress.  Patrick and I really enjoyed his company at the races along with Cheri and the kids.  I am just numb and I can only think of his family at the moment.”

Ian James – "Devastating news, Roger was without doubt one of the nicest people I have had the fortune to call a friend. Generous almost to a fault, always making sure everybody else had what they needed, and a burning passion for racing that was unrivaled. He started racing later in life but he just kept getting better and better every race, I will truly cherish the good times and his ever present smile that would brighten anyone's day. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family that he cared so much about.”

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