Driver deaths in motorsport explained

Due to the inherently dangerous nature of auto racing, many individuals, including drivers, crew members, officials and spectators, have been killed in crashes related to the sport, in races, in qualifying, in practice or in private testing sessions. Deaths among racers and spectators were numerous in the early years of racing. However advances in safety technology, and specifications designed by sanctioning bodies to limit speeds, have reduced deaths in recent years. Spectacular accidents have often spurred increased safety measures and even rules changes. The worst motorsports accident was Pierre Levegh's 1955 crash at Le Mans that killed him and around 80 spectators with over 100 being injured.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway56
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Le Mans24

This is a list alphabetically sorted, and structured after the kind of competition, of the more notable drivers, excluding motorcycle riders. In addition, several famous racing drivers have been killed in public road crashes; see List of people who died in road accidents.

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Open wheel typesChamp CarFormula OneFormula 2Formula 3000Indy Racing LeagueStock car types
DragEnduranceGrand Touring and sportscar racingHillclimbingBritish National SeriesSprint cars

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NameDate of accidentDisciplineCarChampionshipCircuitEventSessionCauseSource
Mecánica Nacional Fuerza Libre
Open WheelBrabham BT551986 Formula One Season Circuit Paul RicardTestingMechanical failure
1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedwayrace
ARCA Daytonapractice
historical sportscarNissan GTP ZX-Turbo Road Atlantarace
British Formula Three Championship Thruxtonrace
Sports carAudi R8 EuroSpeedway LausitztestingTire deflation
ARCA Lowe's Motor SpeedwayRace
Daytona International Speedwayrace
Brabham BT11Formula One Silverstonetesting
Classic rally
Sports car Autodromo Nazionale Monzatesting
French Grand Prix Autodrome de Montlhéry
1955 Indianapolis 500Practice

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NameDate of accidentDisciplineCarChampionshipCircuitEventSessionCauseSource
Open wheelDallara/Honda2006 IndyCar Series season Homestead-Miami SpeedwayToyota Indy 300Practice
Midget Santa Fe SpeedwayRace
Open WheelBrabham/Climax1965 Tasman Series Sandown RacewayInternational 100PracticeHeart attack
Open WheelPorsche 7181964 Formula One Season Nürburgring NordschleifeGerman Grand PrixPracticeMechanical failure
Endurance Rally Mille MigliaMille MigliaRace
Open WheelFerrari1953 Formula One season Aerautodromo di ModenaModena Grand PrixPracticenot at all a D -->
Open WheelAlfa Romeo 1791980 Formula One season HockenheimringGerman Grand PrixTesting
Open WheelMarch 7511975 Formula One season ÖsterreichringAustrian Grand PrixPractice
Open Wheel1968 USAC Champ Car season Milwaukee MileRex Mays 150Race
EnduranceBentley Speed Six BrooklandsBRDC 500 MilesRace

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NameDate of accidentDisciplineCarChampionshipCircuitEventSessionCauseSource
Stock Car2001 NASCAR Winston Cup SeriesDaytona International Speedway2001 Daytona 500Race[3]
Stock Car
Milwaukee Mile
Sportscarnon-championshipLe Mans1997 24 Hours of Le MansPre-race test
Martinsville Speedway

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NameDate of accidentDisciplineCarChampionshipCircuitEventSessionCauseSource
Sportscarnon-championship1952 Monaco Grand PrixPractice
Stock CarUSAC Stock CarQualifier
Nascar Stock carNascar Stock CarRiverside International RacewayPractice
Rally carSubaru LegacyWorld Rally ChampionshipRally AustraliaRace
1950 Blandford HillclimbPractice
Touring carFord FalconTurismo CarreteraAutódromo Juan Manuel FangioRace

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Open wheel types

Deaths in Formula One World Championship

See main article: List of Formula One fatal accidents. In F1 history, from 1953 to 1994, 27 drivers have died during race or in free practice or qualifying session.In addition, spectators or track workers have died due to incidents in the 1953 Argentine Grand Prix, 1961 Italian Grand Prix, 1962 Monaco Grand Prix, 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, 1977 South African Grand Prix, 1977 Japanese Grand Prix, 1981 Belgian Grand Prix, 2000 Italian Grand Prix and 2001 Australian Grand Prix.

Deaths in Champ Car World Series

See main article: List of Champ Car fatal accidents.

Deaths in Formula 2

Deaths in Formula 3000

Deaths in IRL

See also List of Indianapolis 500 deaths

Deaths in junior openwheel categories

Stock car types

Deaths in NASCAR Winston Cup/Nextel Cup/Sprint Cup

See main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents.

Deaths in NASCAR Busch/Nationwide Series (since 1982)

See main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents.

Deaths in NASCAR Craftsman/Camping World Truck Series (since 1995)

See main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents.

Deaths in NASCAR Modified Series

See main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents.

Deaths in NASCAR Sportsman Series

See main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents.

Deaths in Auto Racing Club of America

Deaths in NASCAR (before 1949)

Drag Racing

Deaths in IHRA

Deaths in NHRA

Endurance racing

Deaths in 24 Hours of Le Mans

See main article: List of 24 Hours of Le Mans fatal accidents.

Deaths in 1000km Nürburgring

Deaths in Grand-Am

Other Endurance races

Grand Touring and sportscar racing

Excluding those listed under as endurance racing

Trans-Am Series

Hillclimbing

Sprint Cars

Deaths in United States Automobile Club

Deaths in National Sprint Tour

Deaths in World of Outlaws

=Deaths in British National Racing Series=

There have been over 90 recorded driver deaths in British national racing series since 1930.

See main article: Driver deaths in British motorsport series.

See also

External links

Notes and References

  1. http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ms&n=1683
  2. http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=2310 Motorsport Memorial
  3. [Death of Dale Earnhardt|final lap of 2001 Daytona 500]
  4. http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=550
  5. http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/dl.htm
  6. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-maytim.html F1 News - Grandprix.com > GP Encyclopedia > Drivers > Tim Mayer
  7. http://pagesperso-orange.fr/woodcote/Tour/history90.html Orange