Funny Car Racer Killed in NHRA Crash

Kalitta's car erupts in flames at 300 mph
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 7:55 AM CDT
Funny Car Racer Killed in NHRA Crash
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.)

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. (More drag racing stories.)

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