By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The drag racing community is mourning the death of Frank Iaconio Jr. He was killed on Thursday in a car accident.
Iaconio Jr. – who worked for Frank Iaconio Race Engines – was 34. The accident happened on Route 206 in Mount Olive, New Jersey.
The accident happened before 11 am. After being transported to Morristown Medical Center via an air-flight helicopter, Iaconio Jr. passed away.
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According to New Jersey Herald, the authorities have determined in their preliminary investigation that Iaconio was attempting to make a left turn onto Route 206 northbound at the time of the crash. John Maulbeck, the second driver, was traveling south bound on Route 206 when he hit Iaconio’s vehicle.
Maulbeck did not suffer an injury.
Frank Iaconio started Frank Iaconio Race Engines in 1972. The accident happened just north of the race shop, according to the Herald.
The older Iaconio is an 11-time Pro Stock national event winner in the National Hot Rod Association. Also, as an engine builder, according to the Herald, he has also helped teams win 15 additional Wallys.
The crash is under investigation by the Mount Olive Police Department. Several others are assisting in the investigation, including the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative section, the Flanders Fire Department, and the Mount Olive Marshal’s Office.
His death comes as NHRA teams are in the off-season. The NHRA’s 2020 season does not begin until February when teams travel to Pomona, California to compete in the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.
According to William J. Leber Funeral Home, his visiting hours will be on Tuesday, January 7th from 4-8 pm EST at 15 Furnace Road in Chester, New Jersey. His funeral service will begin on Wednesday, January 8th at 11 am.
Following the funeral service, his interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at 85 Pleasant Hill Road in Chester, New Jersey.
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