After a successful but ultimately fiery 2017 Good Vibrations March Meet driver Kris Krabill has announced his departure from the Austin & O’Brien Racing Team. The guys made the rain delayed Monday final round and lost to Ryan Hodgson. Krabill’s run was the more memorable of the two as his car erupted into flames and he had to drag the thing down to a stop in the middle of what had to have been the worst blaze of his career.
We do not know the details of the separation but we do know from the release below that they are going in different directions. We’re working on a follow up for more information but until then, here’s the release.
It is not a shocking thing to see a driver and team part ways but the timing of this one is a bit weird after such a strong event at Famoso.
Kris Krabill (left) and Bangshift.com contributor Donnie Couch at the recent Good Vibrations March Meet. Couch was Krabill’s crew chief when he entered funny car racing in 2006 driving Gary Turner’s Pedaler.
Nitro Funny Car Driver Kris Krabill Announces Departure from Austin and O’Brien Racing Team
Kent, Washington March 15, 2017 – Nitro Funny Car Kris Krabill has announced his departure from the Austin & O’Brien racing team.
“I am proud to have driven for the Bucky Austin and O’Brien team and thank them for the great opportunity to drive a first class car,” said Krabill. “I owe my team all the credit in the world and can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication.” “While change can be challenging, it also presents the opportunity to pursue new avenues that allow me to move my racing career forward.”
Krabill debuted in Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car in 2006. In 2016, Krabill joined the ranks as only the 6th Nitro Funny Car driver to surpass 260 mph. Krabill is a 2x March Meet Champion, 2x CHRR champ, 2x Ignitor champ and 4x Pepsi Nightfire champion. He is also the reigning NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Funny Car Champion.