Drag Racer Ronnie Davis Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in His 1963 Corvette Crash

Published April 12, 2016

Five-time IHRA and still reigning PDRA champion in the Top Sportsman class Ronnie Davis, 66  died from injuries suffered at third annual PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway held Saturday, April 9.


Davis only just completed his final qualifying run at 178.19 mph with the time of 4.130 seconds, when his 1963 Corvette lost control, went in front of his opponent’s (Mark Malcuit) Camaro, got airborne and barrel-rolled. He was transported to Moore County Regional Hospital in Pinehurst and shortly after to UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill where he succumbed to injuries at Sunday, April 10.


Ronnie “The King” Davis, owner of Davis Golf Carts in Suwanee, GA earned his nickname for being unbeatable in “King of the Hill” competition at Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway. He is survived by his daughters Michelle Seger and Bridgett Medina, and a longtime companion Mickey Deering.

PDRA statement:

ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 10, 2016) – With great sadness, PDRA announced this evening that Ronnie Davis, reigning PDRA Top Sportsman champion and longtime competitor, succumbed to injuries suffered in the Saturday crash of his 1963 Corvette during qualifying for the third annual PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

The entire PDRA community is deeply saddened by Saturday’s incident and offers its most sincere condolences and prayers to Ronnie Davis’ family, teammates and friends,” said Bob Harris, President of the PDRA. “Ronnie was a fierce competitor, a spirited and kind-hearted human being, and he touched the lives of many during his drag racing career.

To make matters worse, debris from the accident injured Ian Tocher, 55, Senior Editor of Drag Illustrated. Tocher was airlifted to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill straightaway and he’s currently in stable condition after couple of surgeries on his pelvis and left leg. He is scheduled for another surgery on his left leg on Friday, April 15, and doctors are optimistic about Ian’s chances of returning to full health.


Gear Heads staff want to use this opportunity to extend our sincere condolences to all of Ronnie Davis’ friends and family members, and to wish Ian Tocher a speedy recovery.

Be advised: footage depicts a fatal accident.



Nikola Potrebić
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Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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