6/22/08

Sad time in the world of drag racing.


Former champ Kalitta lost in qualifying accident
Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta, 46, died June 21 from multiple injuries suffered after his car went out of control and crashed in a high-speed racing accident at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park during the fourth and final round of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals. Kalitta was extracted from his car by NHRA emergency services officials and transported to Old Bridge Township Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Kalitta, a two-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion and one of only 14 drivers in NHRA history to earn victories in both premier nitro categories, earned 18 victories during his career, his last coming in Chicago in 2005 in Top Fuel.

Kalitta earned most of his racing success in Top Fuel, where he claimed back-to-back world championship titles in 1994 and 1995. He retired from racing in 1997, sitting out most of two seasons before returning for a 10-race campaign in 1999. He sat out three more seasons following that brief stint and then returned again in 2003, joining cousin Doug as a second driver for the family's two Top Fuel dragsters.

Kalitta started his pro career in Top Fuel in 1982, running limited events for four seasons before moving to Funny Car in 1986 for his first full season of competition. He returned to that category full time in 2006. He posted a runner-up finish two weeks ago in Chicago, his 36th career NHRA final-round appearance.

Kalitta is survived by his father, legendary NHRA racer and team owner Connie Kalitta; wife, Kathy; and sons, Corey, 14, and Colin, 8.


Truly sad! :(

3 comments:

  • bmw100 at lycos dot com (Beamer) said....

    You know somewhere in the back of their mind they have to be thinking what if every time they suit up. You hate to see this sort of thing happen.

    Beamer

  • Craft Junkie said....

    I cried like a baby last year when we lost Eric Medlin in Gainsville and now this, losing Scott. I am a HUGE NHRA fan and go to quite a few races a year (Atlanta, Memphis, LV2, Bristol) and it will be very strange not having that DHL car and Scott's quiet but smiling self in the pit.

    RIP, Scott...it's 5 o'clock somewhere.

  • Frank said....

    Obviously the NHRA goes to great lengths to insure that people walk away from wrecks but seriously... this man died doing what he loved.
    Hopefully the same can be said about me one day. But it's kinda hard to die while masturbating or playing Halo online.

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