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