‘He will be sadly missed’: Racing driver killed in high-speed crash in Ohio

‘He will be sadly missed’: Racing driver killed in high-speed crash in Ohio

A drag racing driver died in a car accident at a racetrack in Mahoning County, Ohio, on Saturday night.

According to 21-WFMJ, Al Zukauskas died after his jet dragster fell on the track during a race at Quaker City Motorsports Park. The incident took place during the race track’s “Night of Fire” event.

Zukauskas’ car, Hot Blade, was traveling at 286 mph when it crashed. While it is unclear what caused the disaster, video footage recorded by audience members shows the vehicle colliding with the track’s side wall and exploding. First responders said the dragster rolled over and caught fire, according to WFMJ.

In a social media message, Quaker City Motorsports expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Al Zukauskas, a regular driver at the track.

“He was a long-time racer who tragically lost his life in a high-speed crash,” said the Quebec Provincial Police. “Al was a fantastic racer, according to the onlookers. Al was a parent, husband, and friend to the racing community, who loved racing and entertaining crowds.”

“He will be sadly missed by all who knew him,” they added.

Summit Motorsports Park, another drag racing facility near Norwalk, Ohio also offered condolences.

“For years, Al entertained thousands of fans at our annual Cornwell Tools Night Under Fire, among other events, and we were truly looking forward to having him at this year’s Cornwell Tools Night Under Fire in his Hot Blade jet dragster,” said park spokesperson Mary Lendzion.

“In addition to being professional, he was passionate about being a jet vehicle pilot and putting on a show for fans. We send our love and prayers to his family, friends, fellow racers and fans at this incredibly difficult time,” the statement added.

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