By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NASCAR driver and Modified champion Ted Christopher has died in a small plane crash in Connecticut on Saturday. He was 59.
An official cause of death has not been determined yet. Christopher, along with the pilot of the plane, were killed after the plane crashed in a wooded area.
The plane went down near the North Branford-Guilford border before 2 pm, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. While the FAA said two people were aboard the Mooney M200C, they did not release the individuals names, as the next of kin was being identified.
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“We are sadden to learn of the tragic plane crash this afternoon that claimed the lives of NASCAR driver Ted Christopher and the aircraft’s pilot,” NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said. “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.”
Details of the flight were not known, but it’s believed, according to social media, that Christopher was on his way to a track when the accident happened. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
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He was slated to compete at Riverhead Raceway in New York on Saturday night. Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed on every NASCAR level in his racing career.
He was one of the top 25 drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history in 2006.
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