Race car driving can be an exciting and entertaining sport, it can also be a very dangerous sport – one that its drivers know can cost them their lives every time they go out on the track.
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But on September 16 it was not a race, but an airplane crash that took the life of racer Ted Christopher. Christopher was on his way to Riverhead Raceway in Long Island, New York for a race when the small plane with Christopher and a pilot aboard went down in the woods near the border of North Branford and Guilford in Connecticut. Christopher was 59.
The crash is currently under investigation.
A consummate racer, Christopher raced anything on four wheels from go-karts and short track modified car to the top level NASCAR circuit. Over the course of his career, Ted Christopher won 13 championships in the Modified division and 48 races. In the Pro-Series East Series, Christopher had 10 wins. Just days before his death, Christopher won the race at Stafford to clinch the Whelen All-American Series championship for the state of Connecticut.
To many short racers and fans, Ted Christopher was The Intimidator with a three tap rule – once was a hello, twice was the equivalent of blowing the horn to get out of the way, and if he hit your three times, he would move you out of the way for a pass.
While a racer, Christopher was a mechanic by day in his native Plainville, Connecticut. He was born on June 5, 1958.
Christopher was not married and there is currently no list of survivors.
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