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Thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tom Thrash. EP champion in a Mazda RX7 and great guy. Tom lost his life in a crash at turn 8 this morning qualifying for the Sprints.

Remember what is important in your life and never forget the danger of this sport.

Godspeed!

[ 06-20-2009, 01:10 PM: Message edited by: Blake Clements ]

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Damn, I guess this makes it official. Sad [Frown]

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I can't say enough nice things about Tom. He was the kind of guy that any day at the track was a good day and normally had a smile on his face. I always enjoyed talking to Tom and his genuine interest in my racing will always be appreciated.

Godspeed Tom! Win one up there for the Mazda family.

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Very sad news. Tom Thrash was a great racer and a nice guy, and always fast.
Jim

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rumors from worker reports is that he was slumpped over the wheel before the corner and did not do much to negotiate the turn.

I attended another racers final turn yesterday, his team/name sticker on the Urn.

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Details here:
http://scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=1&news=3668

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quote:
Originally posted by TillerTech:
rumors from worker reports is that he was slumpped over the wheel before the corner and did not do much to negotiate the turn.

I attended another racers final turn yesterday, his team/name sticker on the Urn.

implying natural causes?

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quote:
Originally posted by Blake Thompson:
quote:
Originally posted by TillerTech:
rumors from worker reports is that he was slumpped over the wheel before the corner and did not do much to negotiate the turn.

I attended another racers final turn yesterday, his team/name sticker on the Urn.

implying natural causes?
That's how I read the article.

Condolences to his family and friends.

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he was certainly one of the really good guys.

RIP Tom...

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Dang, I raced against him and his daddy. Great guy.
Sad day.

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This is so sad. Tom was a good guy and fellow Mazda racer. RIP.

db

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My condolaces to his family and friends. I didn't know him, but it is always a sad day when we loose another racer.

However he was doing something he loved when he died. Thats all I can ask for.

Have a great day,
Jared

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RIP Tom.

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Sad day.

Tom was a great guy.

I am happy I was able to call him a friend. You will be missed.

Godspeed Tom.

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Kenny & I were observing the Production qualifying through the carousel/enter the kink from above. The yellow showed & we observer a wrecker with lights flashing at T 8. We went to the far side to see that the 67 car was tires to the tire wall drivers side down. From on site observations a very sad story unfolded to very heavy hearts.

Tom and I met in 02 at Mid Ohio when Tom was taking the Mid Ohio driver instruction course in preperation for the Runoffs. Tom started his SCCA racing career in his home state of Texas racing a Spec 7. Because I was racing a Spec 7 at the time Tom looked me up at the track, offered some tips on the track and gave me a copy of the drivers course instruction manual which I have to this day.

Tom was super busy doing prep work on Friday but took time for a friendly smile and a few words.

Tom is a true gentleman, always willing and he will be greatly missed.

Thoughts and prayers to his family.

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Godspeed. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family. There is a better place...

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A very sad day indeed.

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quote:
Originally posted by taake1201:
A very sad day indeed.

He left us good memories.
I think your dad knows him too Steve. Maybe from autocross? Tom would sometimes show up in his 7.

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Very sad news indeed, Godspeed Tom.

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I heard about Tomís passing on Saturday while I was at Mid-Ohio spectating the Grand-Am. It absolutely took my breath away. I immediately began walking the inner circumference of the track with tears in my eyes. I had a deep respect for Tom as both a driver and a person. Thank god my ďangles in whiteĒ were there for me again. I took it a lot harder than I let on. At the 2006 Runoffs Tom was giving me a very hard time because I did not have a Hans yet. He was adamant about it and didnít let up. He did this because he cared about me. Needless to say I was stupid enough to continue putting money in the new car and did not buy a Hans. I wrecked that car a year ago and almost died from a head trauma. I still canít believe that I will race another day and Tom wonít. Itís not fair and brings me to tears. Godspeed Tom. You will not be forgotten

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Tom was truly one of the good guys, and such a longtime member of our Mazda family. He was so passionate about our sport, and his energy boiled over to everyone who spent time around him. Saturday was a sad day for us all, and I was a bit disappointed to see the podium champagne sprayed that day at all..

To Tom's family and closest friends... our thoughts are with you.

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I just found out. Tom was a great guy and will be missed.

My thoughts are with his family. And the corner workers and the EV crew that worked the incident.

Kris Mandt - DMVR EV

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That is heavy on the heart to read. If you fly a flag draw it to halfmast...bless

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Anybody have an address for the family? I want to at least send a card.

Kris Mandt - DMVR EV

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Its sad when any fellow racer dies doing what they love to do I didnt know him but my prayers are with his family.


Godspeed Tom

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From the Sowdivscca Forum website:

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

R.B. Thieme Jr. Bible Ministries
PO Box 460829
Houston, TX 77056-8829

http://www.rbthieme.org

Taken from here:
http://forums.sowdivscca.org/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2941

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Would seem to me Tom went sliding right through that gravel trap and up to Saint Pete at the gates saying, "WOW what a ride, whens the next race!"

Thanks Tom for your help over the years - Hope that the new tracks are a ton of fun! God Speed-

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Got my issue of Sportscar today and read the article with very mixed emotions.

Anyway, this was on one of the production boards for those of you who might be interested.

http://prodracing.com/prodcar/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10630&start=20

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