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Cancer battle sidelines Kyle LeDuc for 2023

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Credit: Kyle LeDuc

With the 2023 Championship Off-Road season on the horizon, Kyle LeDuc will not be present as he battles stage IV head and neck cancer. He publicised his diagnosis on Sunday, having been fighting the cancer since November.

“We had hopes that (son) Reed and myself and the whole family and team would be in the Midwest and able to compete but the way treatments and plans have changed we will not be able too,” wrote LeDuc. “I just wanted to let our fans, followers and friends know what my little family has been battling and that we’re giving it everything we have to come out the other end of this.”

A seven-time Pro 4 truck champion, LeDuc came up short in his quest for an eighth in 2022 when he finished runner-up to C.J. Greaves. He scored three wins in the class that year, including a sweep at Dirt City Motorplex.

Outside the Midwest, he contested his second Extreme E campaign for Chip Ganassi Racing alongside Sara Price, and the duo scored theirs and CGR’s maiden victory at the first Island X Prix. However, RJ Anderson replaced LeDuc for the finale in Uruguay for what was publicly stated as a scheduling conflict, which aligned with the cancer diagnosis as the race took place in late November. Anderson has since become CGR’s full-time driver for 2023.

“I sit here with the tears of a father,” began a comment from his father and off-road legend Curt. “He would not let me do this but here I go. He started chemo this week, it’s not good. He’s young and in great health so he has a chance. He has insurance but it is never enough. We as a family can only do so much, so I ask you all to share this post and help. YOU the racers,fans can make a difference in his life. If you ever stood up and cheered watching him back that pro 4 into the lead do not hesitate, he did it for you! Let’s all show him what this sport is about. So I ask you to please share this plea for this gravel throwing,over jumping,backing it in,high side, inside,outside,passing them clean Hero of Mine.”

LeDuc’s team shop is selling 99 Strong merchandise to support his treatment. The logo for his effort displays his Pro 4 truck and the burgundy/white ribbon for head and neck cancer awareness.

The 2023 COR season begins at Antigo next weekend, a track sporting a new configuration created by LeDuc.

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