College Student Killed While Taking Car Racing Lessons

A 21-year-old woman from New Jersey who was brave enough to put herself out there and take car racing lessons tragically died after her car hit a wall.

Amanda Gambacorto, a student at Stony Brook University, where she also worked as a marketing assistant and communications intern, was reportedly participating in a racing clinic at the Wall Stadium Speedway when the three-quarter midget car she was driving hit a wall on the second turn. Paramedics rushed the young woman to Jersey Shore Medical Center, where police say she later died.

It's unknown whether Amanda was a novice racer, but she was reportedly taking lessons from the Green Flag Driving Experience, which caters to beginner drivers. She slammed into the wall while following another vehicle on the track, according to reports. Her "midget" car was about 8 to 9 feet in length and weighed about 650 pounds. They can go faster than 90 mph on the track.

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This poor girl's mom is reportedly too distraught to speak about the accident that cost her little girl's life, and who can blame her. It seems like Amanda had goals and aspirations and was a responsible person who spent the last few summers shucking clams and tending bar to make extra money. According to friends who knew her, was a "bubbly and friendly" person. It's so sad to think she never had a chance to make her dreams come true.

I can understand wanting to blame car racing, as a sport, for what happened to Amanda. Personally, I'm no fan of racing. But there are risks involved in a lot of sports and hobbies -- from gymnastics and diving to football and even cheerleading. I think it's commendable that Amanda attempted to race and it's just unfortunate that she won't be able to use her gift of courage in other areas of life after this heartbreaking incident.

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Lando... Landon2012

It can be if the driver is not experienced me and my hubby before we got married we used to go street racing those were the days especially with NOS as in nitrious oxide . I feel for the girls mom and family my prayers are with them.

nonmember avatar Commenter

She was 20 and spent the past few summers tending bar? Something isn't right with that comment. It's illegal to my knowledge for minors to serve alcohol. Terrible tragedy though. :(

meagh... meaghan116

In NYS you can serve at 18 commentor

nonmember avatar krystian

Commenter, most states you have to be 18 to serve.

nonmember avatar Michael

Not really different than people who skydive, ski, or scuba. She went out doing what she wanted to do, which is something that her family take solace in perhaps.

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