7x Pro 4 Class Champion Loses Battle Against Cancer at 42, Leaving Motorsports Community Mourning

Published 11/12/2023, 10:44 AM EST

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A legend of off-road racing, Kyle LeDuc passed away after a brave battle with cancer at age 42. He had been battling stage 4 head and neck cancer since November 2022. His condition was revealed to the public earlier this year when he was unable to participate in the 2023 season. Though the driver had been positive on his social media page about making a recovery, he unfortunately succumbed to the disease on November 11, 2023.

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Kyle LeDuc passes away a legend after battling cancer for a year

Kyle LeDuc was a veteran of off-road racing and one of motorsports’ most recognizable faces. He’d conquered a staggering seven Pro 4 truck championships, a host of races, and innumerable fans through his unique driving style and character. LeDuc was also a frontier man in the electric racing series Extreme E. Coming from an off-roading dynasty, LeDuc is the son of Hall of Famer Curt LeDuc and the brother of Class 8 champion Todd LeDuc. Kyle himself had over 100 race victories in off-roading.

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Sadly, his list of achievements is now cut shorter than what it could have been. Championship Off-road said in its statement issued on Saturday, “It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the news that seven-time Pro 4 champion Kyle LeDuc has passed away after a year-long battle with cancer.”

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Despite his untimely demise, Kyle LeDuc’s name will ring forever in the rungs of motorsports for his accomplishments and initiatives towards the sport’s future.

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The legacy that Kyle LeDuc leaves behind in motorsports

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Though he himself was unable to race much in 2023, Kyle LeDuc was present in many races with drivers expressing their support for his battle. Contenders of Championship Off-road had put up “99 Strong” decals showcasing their union. In his last season of racing, LeDuc had ended his run with three wins that placed him runner-up for the title. 2022 was also his second year in the Extreme E series. Racing for the banner of Chip Ganassi, he had taken his first win in the series’ Island X Prix race.

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With his victories in many series such as the Championship Off-Road Racing and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, he has turned out to be an unignorable name in the stats book. He won the Lucas Oil series 4 times and also put his name up in the Crandon World Cup twice, in 2009 and 2014. Kyle LeDuc’s name will be kept tall by his wife Amber and children, Addie and Reed. Our thoughts and prayers go to the LeDuc family in this trying time.

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Gowtham Ramalingam

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Hello, there! Though my affinity for racing originally stemmed from the European circuits of Formula 1 as a teen, I unexpectedly found myself drawn to NASCAR's unparalleled excitement growing up. This sport took hold of me and never let go, leading me to a career as a NASCAR writer. Over the last few months, I’ve had the chance to share my insights and observations through a myriad of articles on EssentiallySports.
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