Scott Kalitta, RIP

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Munjibunga, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  2. Ripper


    Aug 16, 2005
    wow... just wow... at least it was something he loved.

  3. Horrible news. May he RIP.
  4. Damn, thats sad news :(.

    Usually they walk away with minor injuries.

    This will cast a dark cloud over the Alastaro EC drags.

    As said, at least he went doing something he loved.



    Edit: Posted before watching the video, no-one walks away after that kind of an accident. The braking zone seemed a bit short, hard to tell from the video.
  5. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio!

    Jul 3, 2001
    Chester, Connecticut
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    That's sad news.
  6. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    Very sad.
  7. Ripper


    Aug 16, 2005
    just watched the video... and i cant even put my reaction into words... at least not postable on this site
  8. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    What is the deal with that track? I thought they ALL had a safety over run area with sand or dirt to slow the car? I am really shocked. Things go wrong and when your going 300 MPH there needs to be a margin of error for the sake of the drivers. RIP Scott. What a needless loss.
  9. MoD_Scotty


    Jul 22, 2007
    Thrapston, UK
    Here's the vid of the accident:

  10. That's terrible. RIP
  11. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia

    That is a horrible, horrible photo. To think a person is inside that car.
    I have never heard of him before because I don't follow the USA drags.

    Nevertheless I am still very saddened to hear of his death. :( :bawl:

  12. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Strange isn't it? The track looks like it has no sand trap whatsoever, and if it does, it's been blocked off and it has a crane on it. :eyebrow: The drag strip in my city (Western Sydney Internation Dragway) has a HUGE runoff area. I've seen cars blow up like that before at crazy speeds, but I have never seen someone die. The sand trap stops everything in its tracks.
  13. Ripper


    Aug 16, 2005
    there was a sand pit there, and catch nets behind it... it just wasnt very long.

    from what i could see the fire melted the parachutes and the brakes never engaged so he hit the sand pit at like 200-250... then it just all went up...

    EDIT: after rewatching... there isnt a sand pit there... wow...
  14. JayAmel

    JayAmel Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    +1. May he rest in peace.
  15. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    That almost makes me sick. The explosion and fire are one thing, most times they walk away from that. But the lack of a long enough saftey area and then what looks to be a concrete wall after it, I dont' get it.
    RIP Scott.
  16. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    I am having a real problem with the needless nature of Scotts death. Any track where top fuel is being run needs to be able to accommodate a race car in a worse case situation like this one. Cars blow up all the time going through the lights and there needs to be enough run-out area to slow the car no matter what. If the NHRA doesn't make a few changes over this one I will be surprised.
  17. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
  18. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    That was my thought when I saw the vid. It didn't look much different than a thousand other blowups until the end, when the car clearly had a second, catastrophic collision with something immovable. According to one report I read, it turns out that Scott's chute failed to deploy, and he slammed at high speed into a post that supports the catch net.
  19. sad, so sad. my sympathy to the kalitta family.
  20. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    I just watched the video again, you're right, there is a catch net. But it looks like when you're in his lane you'd have to actually turn to get the net, or you hit that sectioned off bit that his car ran into. If you watch the video he is pretty much going dead straight even after he has blown up, he doesn't just stray into a pole. I think that track has some serious flaws.

    Then again, I have only seen the track through that video so I may be wrong.