By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Dragzine, iconic Jet car pilot Doug Rose has lost his life. The 80-year-old was involved in a crash on Friday evening at Norway Speedway.
Rose lost control during his pass and was not able to stop in time before crashing into a tire barrier. Following the crash, medical personnel rushed to his aid.
Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was piloting the Green Mamba, which he has previously called his life and livelihood.
“Norway Speedway would like to offer our deepest condolences to Doug’s family,” said Norway Speedway’s John Ostermann. “We also want to commend the Norway Fire Department, Beacon Ambulance Service and the Michigan State Police and the track safety crews for dealing with this extremely difficult situation. With the trauma and delay of the situation and all things concerned we had no choice but to suspend the program.”
Reports suggest that his wife, Jeanne, was one of the first to the scene, as he was doing his pre-race exhibition event. The couple resided in Ringtown, Penn.
Before the crash, he failed to make the turn on the oval track.
Green built his ride, the Green Mamba, at Korky’s in North Hollywood, California. It took him six months to build the car that was 3,000 pounds of metal and had a $400 surplus engine from a former Navy fighter jet.
His car could reach 6,500 pounds of thrust. In addition, the car could reach more than 300 miles per hour.
Rose, knowing the dangers of racing, lost both of his legs below the knee in 1966 when he crashed Green Monster into a guardrail. He was wearing prosthetics ever since.
In 2006, thieves stole the Green Mamba and his trail from an apartment. Green Mamba was chopped up and stripped, reports said, while the shop owner was arrested.
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