Former NHRA Pro Stock and Sport Compact racer Shaun Carlson died Oct. 4. He was 35. Carlson previously had been diagnosed with Brugada syndrome, also known as Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS), a genetic disease that is characterized by abnormal electrocardiogram findings and an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, but it is unknown whether that contributed to his death.
I had met Shaun back around 1997 when he was shooting a vehicle for Turbo Magazine. We were at Mile Square Park with our Astrovan, shooting for Sport Truck, and he was there. I had read his articles, and looked at his pictures in Turbo magazine. He had the long blonde hair, and was a few pounds lighter than over the last few years. Over the years at Import Drag race events, shows, SEMA , and later drifting, we had run into each other. We weren’t friends, but knew each other. He was a good guy, always smiling, always cool. Lots of people have been reacting with shock, and their tributes to Shaun. Its a shame, just taken too early.
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