Five-time International Hot Rod Association world champion and reigning Professional Drag Racing Association champion Ronnie Davis died following an accident Saturday at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina.
Davis was driving a 1963 Corvette at 178.19 mph when the car swerved left then quickly turned right causing the car to become airborne and flip. Debris from the car struck racing photographer Ian Tocher who suffered severe lacerations and injuries to his lower body. Tocher underwent surgery and is recovering.
PDRA President Bob Harris released a statement regarding Davis' accident.
"The entire PDRA community is deeply saddened by Saturday’s incident and offers its most sincere condolences and prayers to Ronnie Davis’ family, teammates and friends. Ronnie was a fierce competitor, a spirited and kind-hearted human being, and he touched the lives of many during his drag racing career."
Davis is survived by daughters Michelle Seger and Bridget Medina of Texas his longtime companion Micki Deering of Suwanee. Services are pending.
Our sincere condolences to Davis' family and friends during this time. And, we wish Ian Tocher a full and speedy recovery.