Saturday, June 21, 2008

Scott Kalitta Dies In Funny Car Wreck

During the 4th round of qualifying this afternoon Scott Kalitta's engine exploded, and before the car could get slowed down, his car ran into a barricade at the top of the track going at what can only be described as a VERY high speed.
Scott's engine exploded shortly before the finish line and the speed trap measured his speed at 300 MPH, and from there until the impact with the barricade, no sign of braking could be seen.

Drag racing is a highly dangerous sport, and the NHRA has unfortunately had the loss of 2 drivers in as many years. Eric Medlen passed away last year during a test session, and now Scott Kalitta has passed away during an event.

Scott, the son of legendary NHRA driver Connie Kalitta, was 46 years old, and is survived by his wife Kathy and 2 sons, Corey and Colin.

ESPN2's coverage of the event included this clip of the accident, but I must warn you, as they do in the video; this video shows the wreck that ended his life, and if you are the kind of person who would scream "Oh my god," at a shocking video, you may not want to watch it.