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75-Year-Old Drag Racer Dies In Crash At Sonoma Raceway

29 March 2018

A race vehicle driver who died after hitting a wall at 100-plus miles an hour at Sonoma Raceway Wednesday has been identified as 75-year-old James Kenneth Rambo, of Napa. His name will be released by the Sonoma County coroner's office.

The raceway says it's the first on-track death in the program's 30-year history. The accident was corroborated by the Sonoma County Sherriff's Office via social media, who stated that the vehicle collided with a wall.

The man was the only person on the track at the time of the crash. Whether this change of direction was caused by mechanical failure or a medical condition is not yet known.

The man was drag racing a 1976 Ford Pinto on the raceway's quarter-mile drag strip when the crash occurred.

Its website described Wednesday Night Drags as a "popular program [that] gives people a safe, legal, controlled environment in which to drag race their cars away from city streets".

After rainouts the last two weeks, the event marked the first night of the Wednesday Night Drags program.

75-Year-Old Drag Racer Dies In Crash At Sonoma Raceway