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http://www.scca.org/news/press04_55.html

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 5, 2004) ? Dave Pistole, 53, of Pittsburg, Kan., was fatally injured in a single-car, on-track incident at Heartland Park Saturday afternoon during the Sports Car Club of America Club Racing Regional event there.

Witnesses said the accident occurred near turn one of the road course when Pistole?s Grand Touring 2 Porsche 911 went off the left side of the track into the grass, crossed back over the course and ran into a barrier.

Emergency crews were on the scene immediately and Pistole was transported by helicopter to the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

?The entire family at SCCA wants to extend its heartfelt condolences to Dave?s wife, Evelyn, and everyone else in his family,? said Steve Johnson, SCCA President and CEO. ?We want them to know that he will always be remembered as part of SCCA.?

Pistole had been a member of SCCA since 1985. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, 55; two sons; T.C., 29, and Sean, 25; and daughter, Ann, 22.

A funeral Mass is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac, Kan.

http://www.scca.org/news/press04_56.html

Pistole Visitation Information Released

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 6, 2004) ? Visitation information for the funeral of SCCA Club Racer Dave Pistole, 53, of Pittsburg, Kan., who died Saturday from injuries sustained during a Club Racing Regional race at Heartland Park Topeka, has been released.

The visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at the Friskel Funeral Home, 230 E. McKay St., in Frontenac, Kan. A rosary will begin at 7 p.m. and visitation will continue until 8 p.m.

The funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 100 S. Cherokee St., in Frontenac.

Cards may be sent to:

The Pistole Family
3004 E. 16th
Pittsburg, KS 66762
 

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Unfortunately, Rob Bohn & I were there and witnessed this.

It was a sobering reminder of how cruel motorsport can be.

:'(
 

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Our thoughts go out to the driver's family.

We also have our flagging brethren in mind. It is difficult to be at the site of an accident and powerless to help. Our hearts go out to the flag team and emergency crews and everyone else involved.

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>Mike,
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>In your opinion, was this another case for the HANS device
>or was the fire the biggest issue?
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>Sincerely,
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>Bruce Perry


That's a question better answered by the medical examiner.

Either way, the HANS device is a good idea.
 
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