The remnants of the race car then sped towards the sandtrap and cleared the catch net.
Kalitta, 46, of Palmetto,
professional start came ironically in 1982 at
Ironically Kalitta was in the opposite lane when Top Fuel driver Darrell Russell  encountered a fatal accident.
Kalitta is survived by wife Kathy, sons Cory (14) and Colin (9). He was the son of drag racing legend Connie Kalitta and cousin to current Top Fuel racer Doug Kalitta.
His death represents the second Funny Car fatality in as many years. Eric Medlen died in April 2007, the result of injuries sustained in an accident while testing.
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