Driver killed in Sonoma Raceway crash ID'd

SONOMA (KTVU/BCN)-- A 75-year-old street racer died Wednesday at the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma when the racer's vehicle hit a wall, track officials said.

The driver has been identified as James Kenneth Rambo of Napa. 

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said the Napa resident crashed his 1976 Ford Pinto while driving 100 miles per hour or more.

At about 6:10 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported the death, which occurred at a Sonoma Drags & Drifts program at the raceway at 29355 Arnold Drive. 

Sonoma Raceway issued a statement saying the driver was the only racer on the track at the time and that in the event's 30-year-history this was the first on-track fatality. 

The Sonoma Drags & Drifts program gives people including teenagers and working professionals a place to race their vehicles in a safe, legal and controlled environment rather than on city streets, according to the Sonoma Raceway. 

 

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