Steve Lesage, 38, a veteran Sportsman and Late Model racer from Neuville, Quebec, Canada passed away shortly before the Christmas holiday according to the series he raced full-time in, the Serie Sportsman Quebec. Lesage’s visitation will be held on December 30th and 31st before an evening funeral on the 31st.

Translated from French, here is the official post from the Serie Sportsman Quebec. Editor’s Note: This story’s author often translates written and spoken French semi-professionally, but as is not a native speaker, can not guarantee 100% perfect translation.

It is with great sadness that the Serie Sportsman Quebec has learned of the death of #95 Steve Lesage of Neuville, Quebec. The SSQ family has lost one of our veterans, an exceptional driver, a teammate, a friend.We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends and especially his two sons. Our thoughts are with you through these difficult times and we want to bring you our full support.Steve, you left no doubt leave a huge void in the heart of the people who loved you. Watch over yours up there and give them the strength to understand your departure.

Steve began his 2003 class racing career in the Force-4 division and grew in this class for 2 seasons, winning championships Force 4 and Force 4 Modified.

In 2005, he graduated to the local Super Sportsman class and won the Rookie of the Year. He is known for his consistency and control. The year 2006 was a memorable one for him as he won the championship without having climbed on the highest step of the podium during the season [did not win a race].

When Andre Poulin set up the Sportsman Quebec Series in 2007, Steve Lesage joined the tour and became the first driver of this series. Steve not only achieved the record for most podiums won with 25 appearances, including 7 victories, but also holds the record for “top 5″s with 39 in 71 races.

We remember #95 Steve Lesage as a competitive and persistent driver and with endless determination.

Steve, you have marked the history of the Sportsman Series Québec through your results, but also by the person you were – pleasant to work with, always present and no doubt a guy who could have fun. You will remain in our hearts forever.

Fellow racers, on the tour’s official message board, also expressed sympathy

“All my sympathies to Jessika, Loik, Mavik, the whole family we know so well. Our heart goes out to all of you. Steve gave us during these years beautiful racing moments and victories. He had the potential to go for the [2015] championship. He will be missed.” – Dany Gagnon

“Goodbye Steve, you leave a great void in the world of Quebec stock car racing, and I am sure that many will think of you in each race of the 2015 season. You were a stubborn opponent, and it is with great sorrow and sympathy that the whole team Blanchet tell you ‘GOODBYE CHAMPION !!!'” – Rejean Blanchet

“I extend my sincere sympathies to all the Lesage family, extended relatives and friends of the great stock car driver. I will always have fond memories of Steve, who was part of my team in 2011 for the races in New Smyrna, Florida. Watch over your family [from heaven] and good luck to the family.” – Yvon Bedard

“I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the team that had very limited resources, but who knew how to put all your ducks in a row. I have always appreciated somebody who could do a lot with a little. I am very saddened by this surprising news, and I offer my sincere condolences to all those affected” – Langis Caron

We too, at Speed51.com, would too like to offer our full sympathy and thoughts to the family of Mr. Lesage.

— Tim Quievryn, 51’s Third Turn – @TheThirdTurn
— Photo provided by Serie Sportsman Quebec

Canadian Racer Steve Lesage Passes