Paul Mumford killed in plane crash

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 2, 2003) -- Paul Mumford, of Yorba Linda, Calif., a rookie sensation in the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT Championship, was killed Wednesday afternoon in a private plane crash near the Chino, Calif. airport. He was 31.

Paul Mumford.
Photo by Mark Weber/SCCA.
In only his second SCCA Speed GT Championship start, Mumford drove to an impressive victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 9. He had previously raced at Road America, where he finished third after starting 22nd. Mumford was working toward running a full season in 2004 in his Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.

"We've lost one of our brightest young stars; one whom we'd only just met," said Steve Johnson, SCCA, Inc. and SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family and friends."

Mumford was the pilot of his Piper Saratoga plane. He reportedly took off from the Corona Municipal Airport, heading for Oakland, and reported a cockpit fire. He was attempting an emergency landing at Chino when the plane went down into the dry Santa Ana River.

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