Sunday, June 22, 2008

RIP Scott Kalitta

By Rick Morris

Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Scott Kalitta passed away Saturday after suffering horrific injuries at an NHRA Funny Car event in New Jersey on Saturday.

We've only recently been covering NHRA in the FDH media family and I can't say that I know a tremendous amount offhand about Mr. Kalitta's career, but he was a supremely accomplished driver, the 1994 and 1995 Top Fuel Division Champion and someone beloved by friends and family from the accounts I'm seeing now. Any event of this nature is a tremendous tragedy to the entire sport, Scott's friends and family and frankly, those who were traumatized by seeing the deadly crash before their very eyes at the track.

Here's a video with many triumphant moments from Scott's career. It seems to be a fitting tribute to the memories he left behind.

Our FDH drag racing correspondent Jeff Weber will be attending the next NHRA event, next weekend in Norwalk, OH. I was going to be getting some thoughts from him for our FDH readers even before this happened and now I'll especially be interested to talk to him about the mood at the track one week after this unthinkable occurrence. Drag racing fans are a resilient bunch and they do have to deal with tragedies of this sort, so I'll bet it'll be a sad-but-resolved feeling in the air the rest of this weekend in New Jersey and next week at Norwalk.

RIP Scott Kalitta, God Bless you and your family and friends.

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