NHRA: Brainerd International Raceway owner dies in swimming accident
By Mark Glendenning | RACER.com Editor
Brainerd International Raceway owner Jed Copham died last Sunday as the result of a swimming accident. He was 46 years old.
Copham had been swimming from a boat owned by his parents near Fort Myers, Florida when he disappeared. Search and rescue teams found his body on Monday.
Image courtesy Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch
“This is a tragic and sad day for Brainerd International Raceway, the entire racing community and the Brainerd Lakes Area,” BIR spokesperson Geoff Gorvin said. “Everyone here is still in shock and trying to make sense out of it.
“Jed was the face of BIR and spared no expense to improve the track, the infrastructure and the entire experience at BIR. Nobody championed motorsports like Jed did. He worked tirelessly to make sure BIR was a safe and challenging place to race, a fun place to watch racing and a welcoming place with many opportunities to try your hand at racing.”
NHRA president Glen Cromwell also paid tribute.
“On behalf of everyone at NHRA, our thoughts and prayers go out to Kristi, their two children and all of those in the racing community that knew and worked alongside Jed,” he said in a statement.
“Twelve years ago, Jed and Kristi took over what has now become one of the more legendary race tracks on the NHRA national event circuit. Because of his passion and his own drive to race performance vehicles, the customer experience was vital to Jed. He knew how to put himself in the shoes of both BIR’s patrons and participants.
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