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Posted: 3/3/2002 11:31:02 PM EDT
Pro5.0 Racer Steve Grebeck died yesterday. Story: During elimination's today at the Fun Ford Weekend 2002 season opener in Orlando, Florida (The Spring Break Shootout) well known Pro 5.0 racer, Steve Grebeck, was killed during elimination's. Mr. Grebeck, who was in the right lane, was pitted against another well known Pro 5.0 personality, Bill Rimmer, who was in the left lane. During the run, about 1000 feet out, Steve Grebeck's car suddenly veered to the left and shot across the track and went air born in front of Bill Rimmer's Pro 5.0 car. Rimmer's car hit Grebeck's race car at over 200 MPH, causing a huge fire ball and Grebeck's car to be hurled 15 to 20 feet into the air nose up. Amazingly, Rimmer's car then crossed the finish line slidding and still light the time boards with a 7.19 elapsed time. Emergency personnel rushed to the scene, but we are told that Steve Grebeck was already dead from massive head and bodily injuries. Regardless, Mr. Grebeck was air lifted to the hospital, while Bill Rimmer was not seriously injured. At this time, the track has been shut down and the event has been canceled. This is due to Florida state investigators being brought in to investigate this tragic accident. It was announced that the event will be finished next month during the Fun Ford Weekend event in Commerce, Georgia. We will keep everyone updated to further information as it becomes available. All of our prayers and sympathy go out to the entire Grebeck family, Bill Rimmer, and all the Pro 5.0 racer's and FFW participants who are effected by this horrible tragedy. [img]www.ar15.com/members/albums/KcGibson%2Fgrebeck%5F2%2Ejpg[/img] Steve Grebeck [img]www.ar15.com/members/albums/KcGibson%2FGrabeck4%2Ejpg[/img] Steve Grebecks Pro5.0 mustang [img]www.ar15.com/members/albums/KcGibson%2Fcrash%2Ejpg[/img] Steve Grebecks destroyed mustang These cars are built on a full tube chassis, Constructed with the strongest materials. But even a tank would have been destroyed being hit at 200+ mph. There is a lot of talk about how bad the track was. Several of the racers of my mustang boards were actually there and saw the wreck. Some people are calling for a ban on all races at the Orlando track. We will have to wait and see what happens. -Kc
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 1:08:05 AM EDT
I remember watching the original "Fastest Street Car Shootout" in 1991 in Memphis, I believe Grebeck was driving a similar colored Fox-body twin turbo car then....very sad news. As with all racers.....At least he died doing what he loved.
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