NASCAR star driver Bobby East was stabbed to death this week by a homeless man at a California gas station, and his killer remains at large Saturday, authorities said.
The 37-year-old, a three-time US Auto Club champion, was stabbed in the chest on Wednesday while refueling at a station in Westminster, California, The Sun reported. Emergency responders attempted to keep him alive, but East died at a local trauma center.
Local cops are looking for Trent William Millsap, 27, who authorities are considering a suspect in the racing driver’s stabbing, the outlet reported.
A statement from the Westminster Police Department described the 6ft 5in Millsap as a “passenger and known to frequent motels in Westminster, Garden Grove and Anaheim”. Photos released by the department show Millsap covered in tattoos on his head, face, neck, chest, arms and hands.
He is considered armed and dangerous and the motive for the attack is unknown.
East, a native of Torrance, Calif., who lived in Brownsburg, Indiana, has 56 USAC-sanctioned career wins, including 48 in national divisions.
East has won three USAC national driving titles: the USAC National Midgets title in 2014 and back-to-back USAC Silver Crown championships in 2012 and 2013.
USAC, in a statement, called Bobby East “one of the most prolific pilots of his era.”
East was the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East.