TC13 Shootout winners awarded with helmets

Five Connecticut racecar drivers have received Bell safety helmets through the Ted Christopher “TC Safety Initiative” memorial fund.

To mark the fourth anniversary of her husband’s untimely death, Plainville resident Quinn Wazorko Christopher, awarded the auto racing helmets to winners of five races at Stafford Speedway’s TC13 Shootout, held every September in memory of her late husband, a legendary driver.

TC13 Shootout winners were: SK Modified, Tyler Hines; Late Model, John Blake; SK Light, Paul French; Limited Late Model, Mike Hopkins; and Street Stock, Frank L’Etoile, Jr. 

A Plainville native, businesses owner and longtime resident, 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. 

“I know he is happy that we are doing something that benefits others in the racing community,” Wazorko Christopher said.

“My plan is to make sure that every year we are doing something to make the drivers as safe as possible because that was Teddy’s mantra and my plan is to take that forward as part of his legacy.” 

The safety initiative is one of several racing and community projects funded through the Ted Christopher Memorial Fund, which is underwritten through individual donations and the sale of specially-designed, limited edition t-shirts honoring the Plainville native.

The shirts are $20, and available at

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