Team owner who just received a lifetime award tragically found dead


Longtime Stevenson Motorsports team owner Johnny Stevenson died Monday. He was 69.

Kinston.com reported that Stevenson was found dead at his Toyota dealership in North Carolina. There was no word on cause of death.

His death was announced by International Motorsports Association.

"Everyone in the IMSA family is shocked and saddened to hear the news of Johnny's passing," IMSA President Scott Atherton said in a press release. "Johnny led a fantastic race team for many years, and he will be missed in the IMSA paddock. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his wife, Susan, and the rest of the Stevenson family."

Stevenson started his IMSA team in 2003 and won 33 races in the Grand-Am and IMSA competitions. Stevenson's  team also won the North American Endurance Cup in 2013 and the Continental Tire Challenge Grand Sport title in 2015.

Just last week, Stevenson was honored at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship banquet, where he received  lifetime paddock passes to IMSA races and artwork to honor his career.

Stevenson had announced that he would crease team operations at the end of this season.