Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Neal Parker, 58, of Millville, N.J., died from a crash at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Parker ran through a containment area at the end of a track and died of head injuries after crashing his alcohol-fueled funny car at a “high rate of speed” during a qualifying round at the NHRA SuperNationals at a New Jersey raceway Friday, according to state police.
A statement by NHRA released today: “On behalf of everyone at NHRA and Raceway Park, we are deeply saddened and want to pass along our sincere condolences to the entire Parker family.”
The car ran through a containment area with soft barriers, sand and a safety net and wound up in pieces in front of a wall at the edge of the raceway property. State police declined to comment on whether the car hit the wall or on eyewitness accounts that a drogue chute designed to slow the car failed to deploy properly.
This accident is nearly two years after Scott Kalitta died when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed at the end of the same track.