Bill Vukovich III, a third-generation race car driver whose grandfather was killed while leading the Indianapolis 500 in 1955, died Sunday following a crash at Mesa Marin Speedway.

Vukovich, 27, had just completed a few practice laps when his sprint car slammed into a wall at about 11:30 a.m. PST, said Frank Lewis, president of the California Racing Association.Vukovich, who was warming up for an afternoon race, was taken to Kern Medical Center where he died a short time later, Lewis said.