Pat Garlits passes away

The Agent was saddened to hear that Pat Garlits, wife of Don Garlits, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Here is the announcement as made by Don: “My dear wife of nearly 61 years left this world and went over to the other side at 5:53 PM, this afternoon. She has been suffering a lot these last few days and  it was a blessing to see God take her into His care. I will miss her very badly, but will be with her sooner than I realize, as time is very different here than over there. She passed at home with her two daughters at her side and me holding her hand and a little Yorkie dog on each side of her. She went without making a sound and this house is going to be very quiet for a while. I had Glenn Miller playing in the background, as that was her favorite Big Band.

I will let everyone know what the arrangements will be when I know myself. Thanks for all the prayers and support through this terrible ordeal.

Sincerely, Don Garlits."  [2/3/2014]

‘Diamond Jim’ Crownhart passes

After a very short battle with cancer, iconic drag racer "Diamond Jim" Crownhart passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, surrounded by his family.

Diamond Jim competed primarily with the United Drag Racers Association (UDRA) in a supercharged Alcohol Funny Car winning events and championships. He also served as an UDRA Circuit Director and on the Board of Directors. In recent years he moved into Jet Funny Car exhibition racing and appeared at events in both the United States and Canada. Crownhart was known among track operators and fans for his reliable entertaining jet shows.

Spending most of the summer months touring Canada and then taking the winter months off in Mexico with his wife he volunteered at the local orphanage. He is survived by his wife, Willi, and several sons and daughters including licensed Jet drivers, Danny and April.   [2/3/2014]

Dillard looking for 3.50’s in Qatar

Driver Eric Dillard took the Q80 Racing Team’s turbo-charged Pro Mod owned by Kuwaiti Sheikh Duaij Al-Sabah to a best of 3.604 at 214.62 mph during an Arabian Drag Racing League test session in Qatar. The turbo Camaro is tuned by Steve Petty and powered by Pro Line Racing. [2/3/2014]