NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, released a public statement on Christopher's sudden passing Saturday.
The death of racer Ted Christopher, 59, was confirmed by his family, the Hartford Courant said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends, family and fans of Ted Christopher through these trying times. He was the winningest driver at a pair of Connecticut's historic tracks: Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. He will be remembered as one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow competitors at this very hard time".More news: Columnist wrong on climate change — ROBERT HASTINGS COLUMN
Christopher is considered by many to be one of the most iconic drivers in modern Northeastern racing history.
Mr Christopher had a 29-year career and competed at every level of the famous U.S. racing series.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. "Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short-track racing".More news: Options for North Korea are 'effective and overwhelming'
Christopher won more than 40 Modified races in a long-running career and added 10 wins in the K&N Pro Series East between 1996 and 2005.
Christopher, who was scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race Saturday at New York's Riverhead Raceway, was on his way to Riverhead Raceway when the small plane he was in crashed into a wooded area in Guilford, Conn.
"Absolute definition of a racer", racer Alex Bowman tweeted. Traffic officials planned a tribute to him by having his auto driven for a ceremonial lap and a moment of silence from fans.More news: One shot for all vaccines? Study holds promise
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