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The event results will stand with no winner declared.". “We are prepared to assist all parties physically and financially to achieve the best possible safety outcomes. Drag racer dies in crash. Team owner Sarkis has slammed the decision claiming that he and his legal representatives have made their car and race data readily available to IHRA officials who they claim have declined their offers. As everyone knows, we had Scott and a lot of the Kalitta team here in Sydney, and we got to know Scott's wife and kids. (Sydney, NSW) The administration and staff of Western Sydney International Dragway wish to extend their deepest sympathies to the entire Kalitta family after NHRA Funny Car driver and former NHRA Top Fuel Champion - Scott Kalitta - fatally succumbed to injuries sustained during the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown, New Jersey (USA) early this morning, Australian time. The new speedway is proposed to be built on land owned and managed by Western Sydney Parklands Trust. I know we have to do that (sponsors and media) but for me, it is all about racing these cars. In a statement to racers Sydney Dragway has said that racing has resumed but not for vehicles quicker than 10 seconds or faster than 130 mph while a review into all aspects of the catch net system takes place. "The news of Scott's passing has shaken me up as much as any tragedy has," remarked Read in a very emotive tone. Kalitta was taken to Old Bridge Township Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from multiple injuries. Get the @competitionplus Mobile APP to get your drag racing news quick and easy. Kalitta's official National Record mark of 4.567 at the same event in 2007 in Sydney, was only just bettered by Phil Read at the last event of the Championship a fortnight ago, during the Castrol Edge Winternationals. His qualifying time of 4.517 seconds, topping 535.62kmh last year at WSID, set Australian records for speed and time in a one-off run, and the top-speed mark still stands as the national record in ANDRA Championship Drag Racing. Welcome To Sydney Dragway. A Drag Racing Tragedy - Scott Kalitta Dies In NHRA Crash. Sarkis also said he welcomed an independent safety investigation into the crash. Fenech took the win over fellow Sydney racer Paul Mouhayet in the final of Pro Slammer then as he crossed the finish line his parachutes failed to deploy properly and became entangled in the wheelie bar. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Kathy, sons Corey and Colin, his cousin Doug, and his father Connie. Many people know I am not the biggest fan of all the media stuff, entertaining sponsors and all that. In a statement, IHRA claimed that: "Due to the team failing to fulfil a request to supply technical data, the decision by IHRA Australia has been made to withdraw race car no. 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Former Australian drag racing champion Jim Read has resigned from the board of the Western Sydney International Dragway, effective immediately. Speaking of team Read, Western Sydney International Dragway board Chairman Jim Read, spoke emotively of Scott Kalitta and his accomplishments. "What I am loving about racing in Australia is we are concentrating on gettin' down that quarter mile here. 125 from the final results. In 2008 Top Fuel racer ‘Pommie’ Steve Read crashed through the catch fence, ending up embedded in the tire wall and was lucky to walk away with minor injuries. “It is worth noting IHRA had possession of our car for five days after the race meeting and have been advised by myself or my legal representatives on three separate occasions in writing they have access to the car to review race data, however, IHRA have failed to avail themselves of each and every opportunity to review race data. NEW JERSEY: Two-time American drag racing champion Scott Kalitta died on Saturday when his "funny car" burst into flames and crashed during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals. The Fenech crash is not the first time since the venue opened in 2004 that the safety net at SD has been seriously damaged. "Scott like his father Connie and his cousin Doug, is passionate about Drag Racing. The two premier divisions, Top Fuel and Funny Car, run on nitromethane fuel, enabling the cars to generate 8000 horsepower and cover the distance in under five seconds, regularly reaching speeds of over 530kmh. The car continued through the shutdown area at high speed, into the sand and through the net, still at high speed, with another large fireball produced at that time. That's what I love to do and down here we just want to race hard and put on a good show for the Australian fans here. By the time safety crews reached Fenech, he was able to extricate himself from the car and walked away unscathed. Like so many Drag Racing teams, the Kalitta team is all about family efforts and it's these aspects that stick in Jim Read's mind at this time. Last year, funny car driver Eric Medlen, 33, died after an accident in a testing session in Florida. A bitter war of words has broken out between the governing body, IHRA Australia and prominent team owner Steve Sarkis in the aftermath of the crash involving their star driver Sam Fenech in round four of the 400 Thunder Championship at Sydney Dragway, January 5.

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