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Tributes to Jarmo Kuutniemi
Finnish Top Methanol Funny Car racer Jarmo Kuutniemi died on Thursday 26th July 2012 after a short illness.
Simo Patoharju writes:
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We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Jarmo. In the short time we have been in the Top Methanol Funny Car class we came to know what a true
gentleman and what a nice guy the giant of a man was. He was a true racer, showman and sportsman. We will all miss him and our thoughts go out to his
wife, family and friends. RIP Jarmo.
There is so much I would like to say, but I can't put all my feelings into words. The sorrow and the unreal feeling are topmost. Oh if only I would have been allowed to know Japa for a longer time.
I looked at Japa's team for the years and dreamt that that would be something. Perhaps... some day... I also would have something like that...
As I wrote, I knew Japa already for years, but I think we actually talked for the first time about a year ago at the Motopark track. Japa was there for testing his TMFC and I was there to starting my TMD licence with Mad Bomber dragster. Japa helped a lot of us there.
For the whole summer, Japa and his team helped us, and at the same time we became friends. We talked a lot about Funny Cars and in early winter we made a deal that I would buy his old Funny Car.
During the winter our friendship deepened very much. Almost every day we talked on the phone and in the future we planned to run a two-car team and "Then we will do this and then we will do that"... It was like two little kids dreaming... Sometimes we talked for hours, about everything. I could feel from everything that he had a passion for drag racing and Funny Cars. I learned a lot from him, but unfortunately a lot remained unlearned.
Two weeks before he passed away, Japa called me one last time and told me that the treatments did not help and nothing could be done. That was really shocking news. We all believed that he would get well. My tears flowed down and I was in wonde that only a year ago, we talked for the first time and now we are talking about very personal things. Japa said that "I think that we're good friends". Those words I will remember forever...
Rest in peace Japa... We really miss you...
We were saddened when we heard of the death of Jarmo even though we knew he was sick. The whole TMFC class (and many in other classes) had "Get well soon, Japa" stickers on their cars at the Tierp FIA race in June and we were just waiting for him to return to the race track.
RIP Jarmo, unbelievable that we won't see you around at the races anymore. We will always remember the tight racing and the friendship we had. You will never be forgotten! Condolences to Elisabeth,
family and friends.
We would like to give our tribute to Jarmo Kutniemi. I didn't know him personally but I know he was a very friendly gentleman and a great racer and gave great shows at meetings.
I would like to give our sympathy to his wife and sons and would like to thank them as they still helped us at the last race we had in Finland in 2012.
I had the pleasure of watching Jarmo for many years at the Pod. A truly fantastic competitor and always had time for a word with his fans, a true gent. My thought are with his family. May he RIP.
I was truly saddened to hear of the death of Japa Kuutiniemi. As the Top Methanol rep / colour commentator / etc I've known Jarmo and the team since
they first joined the class in 2005. His English wasn't much better than my Finnish (and that's terrible) but he was always very friendly and open. There was always
a warm welcome in his trailer and I owe him more than a few beers. The phrase 'quiet determination' springs to mind, he was a man who did his racing on the track
and was a real gentleman - no silly mind games. In all those years I don't think I ever heard a single word of complaint in any language, he just got on with it and loved
every moment. I am really going to miss the big friendly Finnish giant of a man that was Japa Kuutniemi.
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