Funny Car Racer Killed in NHRA Crash

Kalitta's car erupts in flames at 300 mph
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2008 7:55 AM CDT
Scott Kalitta makes a run in Funny Car on the first day of qualifying for the NHRA Winternationals auto races in February in Pomona, Calif.   (AP Photo/Auto Imagery Inc.)
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(Newser) – Drag racer Scott Kalitta was killed yesterday after his Funny Car burst into flames as it crashed in an NHRA race, AP reports. The Toyota Solara driven by the 46-year-old former Top Fuel champ had been going 300 mph in a race to qualify for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals in New Jersey. “We are deeply saddened and pass along our sincere condolences to the entire Kalitta family," said a statement from the NHRA.