Legendary NHRA drag racer Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen died last night at the age of 81. McEwen is one of the most widely recognized names in NHRA history and was a pioneer in shaping the landscape of the sport.
“We are all saddened to learn the news of Mongoose’s passing. He was truly one of the most brilliant pioneers of NHRA Championship Drag Racing and continued to support the sport through a number of initiatives including our current NHRA Legends Tour in which he played an instrumental role. Everyone at NHRA will miss him deeply. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the McEwen family at this difficult time.” – Glen Cromwell, President of NHRA.