- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

HARTFORD, Wis. (AP) - The older brother of a 47-year-old race car driver who died in a crash is speaking out about last weekend’s accident at Beaver Dam Raceway.

The (West Bend) Daily News reports Brian Semmelmann spoke publicly Wednesday during 92.5 WBWI-FM’s “The Drivers Meeting” program. He thanked everyone who has supported the family and contributed donations, which now total more than $20,000.

“There was people, I don’t know who they are, who they were, there’s somebody I know, there’s somebody I never talked to before that have reached out,” Brian Semmelmann said. “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing in days.”

His brother, Scott Semmelmann of Brookfield, died Saturday after his winged sprint car collided into another vehicle, flipped a couple of times and crashed into a concrete wall during a practice session for a Midwest touring series. It was the first time the longtime automotive technician had competed in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series this season.

“I have no idea how to respond properly to the race family, I like to call it, for the gratitude that happened that night,” Brian Semmelmann, who witnessed the accident along with his brother’s wife and three kids, said. “It was the worst evening of my life.”

Tributes to Scott Semmelmann are planned this weekend at the series’ two final events of the season.

“He was my champion,” Brian Semmelmann said.


Information from: Daily News, https://www.dailynewsol.com/

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