The racing world has lost an iconic legend. One of the most famous drag racers in recent memory, Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, has passed away. He was 81 years of age at the time of his passing this past Sunday.
While his official cause of death has yet to be released, it is to be noted that Tom battled colon cancer in recent years. The NHRA put out a statement on the news of his death:
"We are all saddened to learn the news of Mongoose's passing. He was truly one of the most brilliant pioneers of NHRA Championship Drag Racing and continued to support the sport through a number of initiatives including our current NHRA Legends Tour in which he played an instrumental role. Everyone at NHRA will miss him deeply. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the McEwen family at this difficult time."
Tom had won five national events over his racing career. He began flying down the track in 1953. His career spanned many decades. He raced in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories, with his most important win coming in 1978 when he beat Prudomme at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, reported Fox News.
Please join us in sending our prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time. We ask for God's grace and mercy to comfort them through this loss.
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