PLAINVILLE - Family and friends of Ted Christopher are in mourning after the death of the veteran NASCAR modified driver, a Plainville native, in a plane crash Saturday on the North Branford-Guilford line.
Christopher, 59, leaves behind his wife, Quinn Wazorko Christopher, a former Plainville town councilor. The couple moved to Southington earlier this year. They have no children.
Quinn’s brother, Christopher Wazorko, spoke to the Herald by phone on Sunday. He said that, despite having a difficult time dealing with the tragedy, the family is surrounded by a network of support.
“It’s not easy but we’re hanging in there,” Wazorko said. “The suddenness certainly caught everybody off-guard.”
Wazorko was very close with his brother-in-law, whose character he said outshone his outstanding race record.
“You hear all the stories about how successful he was on the racetrack, but he was an even better person. A lot of people didn’t have the chance to see that about him.”
An uncle to at least eight, including Wazorko’s three children, Christopher supported his nieces’ and nephews’ sports activities and often donated to local youth organizations.
Christopher was on a Mooney M20C airplane when it crashed around 1:50 p.m. Saturday.
Federal officials say the plane had left Robertson Airport in Plainville, headed for Long Island, with Christopher as the passenger and 81-year-old Charles Dundas the pilot. Dundas also died in the crash.
Guilford and North Branford police responded to the crash and are still investigating. No evidence of an explosion or fire was found at the crash site.
Christopher was set to race at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island later that day.
He was an accomplished driver, with 42 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins and 10 K&N Pro Series East wins to his credit. He was also NASCAR’s 2001 Whelen All-American Series national champion and 2008 Modified Tour champion.
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