A Minnesota man died in a crash during a vintage car race at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit on Sunday.
Robert Hanneman, 70, of Brunsville, Minn., was pronounced dead at Rockford Memorial Hospital at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. Rockton Fire Department officials said they responded to the race track to assist at about 10:35 a.m. Sunday.
Hanneman was a driver in the Blackhawk Vintage Classic XXI held June 14 - 16 at the South Beloit race track.
According to the coroner’s office news release, Hanneman had four laps left in the race and he was on turn seven when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Hanneman was flown by helicopter to Rockford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Blackhawk Vintage Classic is an event presented by the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association. The cars in the race are vintage cars, all models produced before 1972.
Ted Sodergren, race chairman for the Blackhawk Vintage Classic, said he knew Hanneman.
“He was a friend of mine and I raced with him,” Sodergren said.
He said Hanneman was racing with the organization as long as he can remember. Sodergren said he has been with the VSCDA for about 12 years.
He said the Blackhawk Vintage Classic is a very popular event with the VSCDA members. He said all vehicles are inspected to ensure they are race worthy.
He said a fatal crash is a rare occurrence in the organization.
He said the VSCDA has a drivers’ committee that does a review following an incident like this.
The Blackhawk Farms Raceway would not comment on the crash and referred calls to the VSCDA.