Racing legend still looking out for other drivers

To mark the fourth anniversary of his untimely death, Plainville resident Quinn Wazorko Christopher will honor her late husband, race car legend Ted Christopher, with another safety initiative funded through his memorial foundation. 

As part of Stafford Speedway’s TC13 Shootout, on Friday, Sept. 10, Bell auto racing helmets will be awarded to five winning drivers that night. 

“After Teddy died in the plane crash four years ago, I knew I wanted to do something with the donations that were made to his memorial fund,” Wazorko Christopher said. “Everyone who knew Teddy knew that racing was everything to him, so besides using the donations for initiatives in Plainville, including the wrestling Hall of Fame display at Plainville High School, and some other community projects, I earmarked a portion for The TC Safety Initiative, designated to provide racing safety equipment to drivers.”

Ted Christopher died on Sept. 16, 2017, when the plane he was a passenger in crashed in North Branford. He was on his way to a race in Riverhead, New York. The pilot of the plane died as well.

“I’ve said before how Teddy always stressed to me the importance of safety equipment in his racecar, whether it was what he was wearing, what he was sitting in, the steering wheel, or something else in the car. Helmets are expensive and I’m happy to be able to help drivers who may not have the best helmet or might be in need of a new helmet,” Wazorko Christopher said, adding that The TC Safety Initiative won’t stop with the helmet giveaway.

A new Ted Christopher tee-shirt is now available. Proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go to the memorial fund. The shirts are $20 and are available at

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