Ted Christopher: NASCAR modified racer dies in plane crash, wife Quinn, brother photos
In an incident that sent shockwaves across the car racing world, NASCAR driver Ted Christopher was reported to have lost his life in a small plane crash in Connecticut.
Reports suggest that the small plane in which Ted Christopher was travelling crashed near Guilford shortly before 2 p.m.
Ted Christopher was not alone when the incident happened. Authorities claim that there were at least two people on board the plane at the time. Nonetheless, the officials are yet to release the details of the second person who was onboard at the time of the crash.
59-year old Ted Christopher was one of the more recognizable American racers who has won in many different types of race cars, including Modifieds, SK Modifieds, ISMA, Camping World East Series, Late Models, Pro Stocks, and Midgets. He also raced in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series. He is best known for competing in NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour, where he has over 40 victories and a championship in 2008. He is also well known for his success on the 1.058 mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway where Christopher has won five Camping World East Series events and 5 Whelen Modified Tour events.
What is amazing about the latest plane crash is the fact that authorities said they do not yet know from where the plane took off, or to where it was headed.
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France was quoted by the CBSNews as saying, “We are all saddened to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot”.
He went on to add, “As a championship driver on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New England short tracks, Christopher was a throwback to NASCAR’s roots. He was a tough racer’s racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country…He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans. NASCAR has his family and friends in its thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Ted’s twin brother Mike Christopher won before Ted did at Stafford. Also, the two started out racing go karts around Connecticut and the U.S. They were famous at The Pomfret Speedway in Pomfret, CT. Ted and Mike also racing road racing with enduro karts at Daytona International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Watkins Glen and many others.