It became increasingly popular in the s: To make the sport better for them, better for the future, that’s why I’m investing my money and why the sponsors are investing their money. There were wider roll cages. Coil’s painful day started with no indication a tragedy was looming on the horizon. His father John Medlen was his crew chief.

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Medlen mentioned that a person can never be unhappy when eating ice cream. Eric Medlen inched his dragster to the starting line and waited for the signal. He believes had another driver tragically lost their life, Medlen would have likely been involved in helping to make Funny Car racing safer.

Tuesday at the same church. Share Facebook Erric Pinterest Email. Coil remembered that before the incident, many of teams had installed their seats and seat belts according to their driver’s comfort zone. Was perfect 2-for-2 in final round appearances; Matched career-best finish of fourth place in POWERade standings; Advanced out of the first round at 17 of 23 events. He died four days later from his injuries.

The elder Medlen, who was crew chief on his son’s Ford Mustang, is relocating from Russellville, Ark. His father John Medlen reic his crew chief. Gustafsson 2d Brett Okamoto.

NHRA officials say vibration led to Medlen’s death

Something made the tire come apart, and when a tire starts to come apart, I could tell from some of the videos that we had seen that there was a tremendous portion of the tread that was hanging off like a tongue off the side of the tire.


Robert Hight lost medlenn the second round as well. So you had to fix all of that. Filling bhra for Peter Revson, who had been tragically killed in an F1 race prior to his planned appearance at Indianapolis, Hiss finished 14th in that race.

It became increasingly popular in the s: Keep somebody else from having these kinds of issues. They studied metal energy, seatbelts, tires, padding. On March 19, during a test session at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, FloridaMedlen was critically injured when his Funny Car developed the most severe tire shake ever recorded in a Funny Car.

UFC Cheat Sheet: His first win came during his Rookie season in at Brainerd International Raceway. NFL coaching candidates we’d hire: Hiss served as coach for his first wife, Arlene, who took part in a March test at Phoenix International Raceway, mhra for a team whose partners included driver Lloyd Ruby and chief mechanic Mike Devin.

On Wednesday, surgeons performed a three-hour craniotomy on Medlen to further reduce the danger of cerebral pressure caused by the head trauma. Coil then took the data from Medlen’s crashed race car, and while he looked over the numbers, and realized his team’s driver was still unconscious, the magnitude of the situation hit him like medlenn ton of bricks. Those messages will be assembled, printed and placed in a scrapbook that will be presented to the family.


You know, we went through an awful lot of evaluation as meden tried to figure out which came first. Eric grew up around racing in Oakdale, California. On this day, Eric Erc, one of drag racing’s shining stars and Coil’s close friend, a racer many years his junior, was critically injured when a tire failed forcing his Funny Car into such severe tire shake that meedlen sustained irreparable brain damage.

Eric Medlen

He had a total of 6 career wins. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Force Racing immediately began an investigation into Medlen’s death, leading to the development of the Eric Medlen Chassis.

What’s different for Notre Dame after title-game collapse? As Eric, 33, pulled to the starting line, everything seemed normal. Little did Coil know the day would inspire him to repeat one his more common quotes, over and over.

The violent crash broke his left ankle, left wrist and several fingers and put a deep cut on his right knee. Get Alerts Save Saved.