Tripp Shumake loved anything with an engine. From fixing up hot rods in high school in Glendale, Arizona, to becoming an NHRA champion Funny Car driver, Shumake was born to drive. He was well respected in the racing community for his abilities not only as a driver but also for being the humble, funny, family man he was.
Off the track, Shumake was a Christian and deeply involved in his church community.Tragically, on November 13, 1999, Tripp was killed in a hit-and-run accident on his motorcycle. Taken too soon, his friends, family, and fellow racers share their memories and celebrate the life of Tripp in 240 Shorty.
“Tripp was a hell of a racer and a really good guy and I don’t know if you could ask for more than that.”
“I know for a fact if Tripp were here today he would ask you one question, ‘Do you know Jesus Christ?’
“He may have been called “240 Shorty” but in my book he was 10 feet tall because you were going to get your feelings hurt when you met him on the starting line.”
“Tripp Shumake epitomized that the measure of a man is not in the days of your life but in the life that’s in your days.”
“I will always remember Tripp as a gentle, smiling, hard-charging racer who I was proud to call my friend.”