A man died in a single-vehicle wreck while racing Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
A race called the WannaGoFast New Orleans 1/2 Mile Shootout was scheduled at the park this weekend.
Spectators said the car flipped multiple times before it came to a stop at 9:21 a.m.
Multiple social media posts identified the driver as Jeff Hagaman, of North Carolina. A Statesville, North Carolina, auto shop shared the news and said Hagaman died during a race in his Nissan GT-R, a high-performance sports car.
"Been racing around him for years. Guy was full of life and not a rookie racer," said Steven Eades, the owner of Rock Solid Motorsports. "He was always racing anywhere he could across the country."
Local officials did not officially identify him but confirmed the driver was from North Carolina and was 52 years old.
RIP Jeff Hagaman pic.twitter.com/h0p6DyN6ZI— Chad Kirby (@Chadkirby78Chad) September 22, 2018
The driver was operating the lone vehicle on the track when the crash occurred. The vehicle was traveling at over 200 mph and went out of control before the crash, Sheriff's Office spokesman Glen Boyd said.
Medical personnel on the scene for the event responded after the crash, according to a statement.
"NOLA Motorsports Park offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the driver. They will be in our thoughts and prayers," read the statement.
A 44-year-old Houston man was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, officials said.
The fatality is the second in the six-year-old park's history. The other fatal crash occurred in April 2017, when a motorcyclist from Houston was killed.
The park features two standard race tracks, three go-karting tracks and a single-lane dragstrip.
The WannaGoFast New Orleans 1/2 Mile Shootout was described as a chance for participants to "take their vehicle’s Top Speed down NOLA Motorsports Park’s 5,300-foot straightaway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice!! See what it’s finally like to race without the restrictions of speed limits, on what is basically your own private racetrack in New Orleans."
A call to the number listed for the organizer of the race was not answered. An outgoing message said the race was "closed until further notice." It was not specified why the race was closed.