Kyle LeDuc, an esteemed luminary in the domain of off-road racing, etched an indelible imprint upon the sport, amassing a remarkable tally of seven Pro 4 truck championships, a plethora of triumphs, and a driving style characterized by its dynamism and aggressiveness, earning him a legion of fervent admirers. Embracing the vanguard of innovation, LeDuc ventured into the realm of electric racing, specifically the Extreme E series, wherein he secured a historic triumph for the prestigious Chip Ganassi Racing team. Tragically, his vibrant life and illustrious career encountered an abrupt denouement with a grim diagnosis of stage IV head and neck cancer, casting a pall of sorrow over the off-road community. On November 11, 2023, the off-road fraternity collectively mourned the departure of this unparalleled champion.
Born on November 15, 1981, in the quaint locale of Cherry Valley, California, Kyle LeDuc was the progeny of Curt LeDuc, an esteemed luminary in the annals of off-road racing and a revered Hall of Famer. Imbued with the ethos of off-road culture from an early age, Kyle, inspired by his father’s legacy, made his foray into the racing milieu in the late 1990s. Swiftly exhibiting his mettle, he clinched his inaugural championship in the Pro Lite class in 2003. Undertaking the transition to the formidable Pro 4 class in 2006, Kyle overcame tenacious competition, securing his maiden Pro 4 victory in 2007 and his inaugural Pro 4 championship in 2008. His dominance persisted, with subsequent triumphs in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019, punctuated by record-setting achievements such as 12 consecutive victories in 2015 and a clean sweep of all four rounds at the Crandon International Raceway in 2016 and 2017.
In the epoch of 2020, Kyle embraced a novel frontier by affiliating himself with the electric off-road racing series, Extreme E, with an avowed goal of shedding light on pressing climate change issues. Aligned with Sara Price under the aegis of Chip Ganassi Racing, they grappled with multifarious challenges, encompassing adaptation to a novel vehicular paradigm, navigating races in remote enclaves, and surmounting intricate technical impediments. Triumphantly, they ascended the podium in the inaugural rounds in Saudi Arabia and Senegal. The zenith of their achievement materialized in Greenland, where they inscribed their names in history by clinching the inaugural Island X Prix, thereby notching Chip Ganassi Racing’s premier victory in the hallowed annals of Extreme E.
However, the euphoria attendant upon their triumph was ephemeral, for upon their return from Greenland, Kyle LeDuc received the disheartening diagnosis of stage IV head and neck cancer. Despite divulging this distressing news in June 2021 and subsequently withdrawing from the racing season, Kyle confronted his arduous battle against cancer with commendable fortitude, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments while maintaining an unwaveringly sanguine disposition. The racing fraternity, along with his familial and fanatical support base, rallied around him, extending steadfast support and assistance in the face of burgeoning medical expenses. Throughout his trying journey, Kyle remained intimately connected with his team and the expansive off-road community, disseminating updates and milestones through various social media channels.