In what can only be described as an unbelievable tragedy, drag racer Katarina “Kat” Moller was killed Thursday, November 15, after she crashed her jet dragster during an exhibition run at Sebring International Raceway, according to a track spokesperson.
She was only 24.
The spokesperson’s emailed statement on the fatal crash said Moller, who was from Sarasota, Florida and went by “Kat,” crashed on her opening run of the night at Sebring during the track’s weekly Thursday-night drags open for the public to bring their cars, street legal or not, for drag runs during the fall. Moller was on her first of two scheduled exhibition runs for the crowd that night when the crash occurred…
The track statement didn’t say what might have led to Moller’s crash, only that its cause is under investigation by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.
Moller, who was in her fifth professional race season with Larsen Motorsports, had started drag racing at the age of 11 and was also a graduate student at Florida Tech with a mechanical engineering degree.
“Kat has been part of our racing family for 5 years and we cannot begin to express our sorrow,” Chris Larsen, CEO of Larsen Motorsports, said in an official statement.
Sebring president and general manager Wayne Estes added, “We knew Kat well and were big fans of her personality and her driving skill. Sebring International Raceway and the entire racing community are heartbroken.”
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24-year-old Jet Dragster driver, Kat Moller, died from injuries sustained in a crash at Sebring International Raceway while making an exhibition run Thursday night. Chris Larsen, CEO of Larsen Motorsports expressed deep sympathy and heartbreak for the Moller family. “Kat has been part of our racing family for 5 years and we cannot begin to express our sorrow,” stated Larsen. Your prayers in this very difficult time are appreciated.
Of course, any racing death is a terrible tragedy, but considering that Kat Moller was so young as well as a fan favorite, this one stings even more. May she rest in peace.