Acclaimed drag racer Ronnie Davis died on Sunday, Rockingham Dragway said in a release, from a crash sustained Saturday during Top Sportsman, qualifying for the third annual PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. Davis was 66.
Sports journalist/photographer Ian Tocher was also injured in the crash and remains hospitalized.
According to a post by Rockingham Dragway, Davis had just completed a final qualifying run in 4.130 seconds at 178.19 miles per hour when his car turned left, then shot back across the track in front of the Chevrolet Camaro of rival Mark Malcuit, clearing the right side guardwall where it then barrel-rolled.
Tocher, a senior editor at Drag Illustrated, was hit by debris from the crash. Both Davis and Tocher were originally hospitalized after the crash Saturday afternoon, Competition Plus had reported.
“Not only are Ian and Ronnie extremely close friends, they are incredible ambassadors for the sport of drag racing,” Drag Illustrated posted on Facebook.
Davis, who was known as “The King,” is the reigning PDRA World Champion in the Top Sportsman class and is the owner of Davis Golf Carts, the official pit vehicle provider to the PDRA.
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