The pilot has not yet been identified, but family members confirmed the tragic news to NASCAR.
Christopher was en route to a race Saturday night at New York's Riverhead Raceway when the plane he was in crashed.
Police said the 2 people on board a Mooney M20C aircraft were killed when it crash in Guilford on Saturday.
NASCAR officials confirmed Christopher and the pilot died when the plane went down near the North Branford-Guilford border.
Christopher is one of two drivers to win the NASCAR Whelen All-Amercian Series national title and a touring series championship. He was a tough racer's racer, and his hard driving style and candid personality endeared him to short track fans throughout the country, ' France said.
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Christopher's death reverberated throughout NASCAR and the racing community. "He will be missed throughout the racing community, in the garage and, especially, in the hearts of his many fans".
On Twitter, Joey Logano, who is from Middletown, wrote, "My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Ted Christopher tonight". He will be remembered as one of the greatest Modified drivers of all time.
Kyle Petty: "So very sad to hear of Ted Christopher's passing.Greatness passes into Legend". The cause of the accident is still being investigated. Details of the plane's itinerary were not immediately released.
Christopher is considered by many to be one of the most iconic drivers in modern Northeastern racing history.
Christopher, who competed in nine of the 12 NWMT races run so far this year, is now 13th in the 2017 championship standings after this event. Whitney said Christopher often raced at speed ways in Waterford and Thompson. "Ted Christopher was the gold standard when it came to short-track racing". Tom Rogers Jr. then drove ceremonial laps around the track that Mr. Christopher had been scheduled to race as fans stood and applauded before crossing the finish line as the checkered flag waved above.