The National Hot Road Association, also known as NHRA, is "deeply saddened" by the death of a female spectator in Chandler, Arizona. A tire flew off of Antron Brown's Matco Tools/U.S. Army Dragster after the driver lost control. The tire hit and critically injured the woman during the first round Top Fuel Run at Firebird International Raceway. A helicopter rescue unit flew to the scene and airlifted the woman to the Good Samaritan Hospital nearby. With injuries too severe, she later died. The driver of the car was checked on scene by racing staff and later went to a hospital for observation.
In an emailed statement, NHRA said it "sends its thoughts and prayers to the woman's family and friends."
The race carried on after the incident only to be postponed by a rain delay and darkness. The finals of the Top Fuel and Funny car class races were scheduled to continue this morning at 10:00 a.m. MT.