Joseph DeLuca (racing driver)

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This article is about the racing driver and 09/11 victim. For the mobster, see Joseph Deluca (mobster).

Joseph DeLuca, (born 1949/50 in Succasunna, New Jersey, died 11 September 2001 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania), was an American racing car driver and cartoonist.

Early life[edit]

Joseph DeLuca went to Vailsburg High School. He attended the Newark College of Engineering and Jersey City State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He later started to work at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in Morris Plains as a Systems Business Consultant in the Information Systems group.


Besides that, he also was a vivid sports car enthusiast, starting at amateur races from an early age on. From 1967 to 1979, he rallied pro competitions. In 1979 he joined the SCCA to race Showroom Stock cars. From 1980 through 1995 DeLuca competed at the Showroom Stock and Improved Touring, winning the NARRC Improved Touring Championship in 1986.

After his active career, DeLuca was a regional executive for the NNJR from 1988 to 1989.


Joseph DeLuca also created the comic strip, The Adventures of Raymond the Cat. The strip about a anthropomorphistic sports car-driving cat later leaving home to become a "SCCA flagger" appeared in the San Francisco Regions' WHEEL and Cal Club Regions' newspaper, and in newspapers in Philadelphia and New York.

It ceased publication in 1995.[1]


DeLuca was aboard United Airlines Flight 93 that was part of the September 11, 2001 attacks.[2] He died when the plane crashed in Stonycreek near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ "Raymond the Cat". SCCA-NNJR. 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Passengers and Crew of Flight 93". Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign. 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

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