Frank Rupert, a legend of nitro drag racing, has died.
Rupert passed away Friday, January 4, 2019, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a massive heart attack just days earlier.
Son Jason Rupert confirmed on Twitter Friday.
“We are grateful for the well wishes toward Frank Rupert following his heart attack, and we are saddened to inform that he passed away this morning. He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends. We will provide more information in the coming days.”
Rupert built a reputation in the 1960s as a competitive drag racer up and down the Pacific seaboard behind the wheel of AA/Fuel Dragster entries most notably the Eagle Electric entry.
Rupert also fielded a number of successful fuel Funny Cars in the 1970s.
Rupert made his last run in competition during the 1979 NHRA U.S. Nationals when he was severely injured during a crash at the 25th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals. While the crash was devastating, it didn’t stop him from returning to the track to support his son Jason, and his championship-winning efforts.
Rupert will be featured in an upcoming episode of Legends: The Series to air later this year.
We at CompetitionPlus.com are saddened by the loss of Rupert but blessed in the fact we were able to spend time with both a great man and a true legend who dedicated his life to the sport.
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019