A lot of open wheel drivers have been killed by head injuries. When Dan Wheldons Indy car smashed into the fence his head took the brunt of the impact. How do I know this? Everyone in racing knows. First the docs said he died of blunt force trauma to the head. But what does that mean? It means that when his car hit the chain link fence in Cali, he slid head first down the fence. When the whole story comes out, it was not the flames that killed Dan, it was the fence that nearly or did tear his head off. Head injuries are the bane of open wheel racing. I would never do it. It is suicide. I prefer 4 wheels and fenders thank-you. Also, I have road raced and raced stock cars for 7 years, so I know a little about the sport. Here is a list of drivers killed in racing. Look at the number. It is astounding. It does not include the 1000’s killed at local race tracks. Solution: It is time to put a plastic dome over Indy cars, make them padded and bigger. Lets end this crap.

From WikipediA:
Name Date of accident Discipline Car Championship Circuit Event Session Cause Source


Hector Abate Daga (BRA) 1958 Mecánica Nacional Fuerza Libre
Elio de Angelis (ITA) May 14, 1986 Open Wheel Brabham BT55 1986 Formula One Season Circuit Paul Ricard Testing Mechanical failure
Grant Adcox (USA) 1989 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway race
Francis Affleck (CAN) 1985 ARCA Daytona practice
Bob Akin (USA) 2002 historical sportscar Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo Road Atlanta race
Marcel Albers (NED) 1992 British Formula Three Championship Thruxton race
Michele Alboreto (ITA) 2001 Sports car Audi R8 EuroSpeedway Lausitz testing Tyre deflation
Blaise Alexander (USA) 2001 ARCA Lowe’s Motor Speedway Race
George Amick (USA) 1959 Daytona International Speedway race
Bob Anderson (GBR) 1967 Brabham BT11 Formula One Silverstone testing
Ove Andersson (SWE) 2008 Classic rally
Alberto Ascari (ITA) 1955 Sports car Autodromo Nazionale Monza testing
Antonio Ascari (ITA) 1925 French Grand Prix Autodrome de Montlhéry
Manny Ayulo (USA) 1955 1955 Indianapolis 500 Practice


Baker, Scott (1957–2000) ARCA race, Toledo
Baldwin, Rick (1955–1997), NWC Qualifying, Michigan. Baldwin crashed in 1986 and died after 11 years in a coma.
Baldwin, Tom (1947–2004), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, Thompson, CT.
Ball, Bobby (1925–1953), Midget race, Gardena
Bandini, Lorenzo (1935–1967), Monaco GP
Bard, Ryan (1984–2007), IMCA Sportmod, Abilene Speedway
Barr, Emmett (1949–1996), Drag Race, Quaker City Raceway
Barringer, George (1906–1946), Champ Car race, Atlanta
Bastuck, Jörg (1969–2006), Rally Catalunya, Costa Daurada
Batson, Gary (1951–1992), Sportsman race, Charlotte
Bauer, Erwin (1912–1958), Sports car race, Nürburgring
de Beaufort, Carel Godin (1934–1964), German GP practice, Nürburgring
Beauman, Don (1928–1955), Leinster Trophy race, Wicklow
Behra, Jean (1921–1959), Sports car race, AVUS, Berlin
Bellof, Stefan (1957–1985), 1000km Spa Sports car Race, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Berger, Georges (1918–1967), Marathon de la Route, 84h Endurance race, Nürburgring
Bettega, Attilio (1953–1985), Tour de Corse rallye, Corsica
Bettenhausen, Tony (1916–1961), Practice for 45th Indianapolis 500
Bianchi, Lucien (1934–1969), testing session for 24 hours of Le Mans
Bible, Lee (1886–1929), Triplex Special record attempt, Daytona Beach
Birrell, Gerry (1944–1973) practice European Formula 2 race, Rouen
Blanchard, Harry (1931–1960), 1000 km Sportscar race, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Blewett, John III (1973–2007), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, Thompson International Speedway
Bonetto, Felice (1905–1953), Carrera Panamericana
Bonnett, Neil (1946–1994), NWC practice, Daytona
Bonnier, Joakim (1930–1972), Le Mans 24h
Booher, Joe (1941–1993), Florida 200 Dash, Daytona
Bordino, Pietro (1887–1928), Targa Florio practice, Sicily
Borzacchini, Baconin (1898–1933), Italian Grand Prix, Monza
Bouriat, Guy (1902–1933), Picardy Grand Prix, Péronne
Boyer, Joe (1890–1924), Champ Car race, Altoona
Bradway Jr., Dave (??-1987), winged sprint car, Skagit Speedway, Alger, Washington
Branson, Don (1920–1966), Sprint Car race, Gardena
Brayton, Scott (1959–1996), Indy 500 practice
Brázdil, Josef (1899–1934), Masaryk Grand Prix practice
Brilli-Peri, Gastone (1893–1930), Tripoli Grand Prix practice
Bristow, Chris (1937–1960), Belgian GP, Spa
Brock, Peter (1945–2006), Targa West ’06 Rally, Western Australia
Brooks, Dennis (1965–2001), Auto City ’01 Clio, Michigan
Bruce-Brown, David (1890–1912), United States Grand Prix practice, Milwaukee
Bryan, Jimmy (1927–1960), Champ Car race, Langhorne Speedway
Bublewicz, Marian (1950–1993), 93` Winter Rally Lower Silesian
Bueb, Ivor (1923–1959), Formula 2 race, Charade Circuit, Clermont-Ferrand
Bürger, Hans-Georg (1952–1980), Warm-up European Formula 2 race Zandvoort
Burgmann, Mike (1947–1986), Bathurst 1000, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Burman, Bob (1884–1916), Corona Grand Prize


Cabianca, Giulio (1923–1961), Modena Autodrome
Caffaratti, Attilio (1878–1900), Brescia-Cremona-Mantova-Verona-Brescia race (first fatality)[1]
Campari, Giuseppe (1892–1933), Italian GP, Monza
Campos, Marco (1976–1995), Formula 3000 race, Magny Cours
Castellotti, Eugenio (1930–1957), private Ferrari Formula 1 testing, Modena Autodrome
Cevert, François (1944–1973), US GP qualifying, Watkins Glen
Chevrolet, Gaston (1892–1920), Champ Car race, Beverly Hills
Chimeri, Ettore (1924–1968), Sports car race, Cuba
Cissac, Henri (1877–1908) French GP, Dieppe (first Grand Prix fatality)
Clark, Jim (1936–1968), Deutschland-Trophäe Formula 2 race, Hockenheimring
Clinton, Jeff (1963–2002), Grand-Am practice, Homestead
Coaker, Graham (1933–1971), Formula Libre race, Silverstone[2]
Coleman, Chad (?-1998), ARCA, involved in a four car accident at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Collins, Peter (1931–1958), German GP, Nürburgring
Colton, Mark (1961–1995), British hillclimb, Craigantlet
Cookman, Corky (1943–1987) NASCAR modifieds, accident at Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut, USA
Cooper, Ashley (1980–2008) Fujitsu V8 Supercars support race for the Adelaide 500, Adelaide Street Circuit
Courage, Piers (1942–1970), Dutch GP, Zandvoort
Crespi, Nino (1899–1934), Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix, Gávea
Cresto, Sergio (1956–1986), Tour de Corse, Corsica
Czaikowski, Count (-1933), Italian GP, Monza


Name Date of accident Discipline Car Championship Circuit Event Session Cause Source
Paul Dana (USA) March 26, 2006 Open wheel Dallara/Honda 2006 IndyCar Series season Homestead-Miami Speedway Toyota Indy 300 Practice
Jimmy Davies (USA) June 11, 1966 Midget Santa Fe Speedway Race
Lex Davison (AUS) February 20, 1965 Open Wheel Brabham/Climax 1965 Tasman Series Sandown Raceway International 100 Practice Heart attack
Patrick Depailler (FRA) August 1, 1980 Open Wheel Alfa Romeo 179 1980 Formula One season Hockenheimring German Grand Prix Testing
Mark Donohue (USA) August 19, 1975 Open Wheel March 751 1975 Formula One season Österreichring Austrian Grand Prix Practice
Ronnie Duman (USA) June 9, 1968 Open Wheel 1968 USAC Champ Car season Milwaukee Mile Rex Mays 150 Race
Clive Dunfee (GBR) September 24, 1932 Endurance Bentley Speed Six Brooklands BRDC 500 Miles Race


Name Date of accident Discipline Car Championship Circuit Event Session Cause Source
Dale Earnhardt (USA) February 18, 2001 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Daytona International Speedway 2001 Daytona 500 Race [nb 1]
Sonny Easley (USA) January 15, 1978
Ed Elisian (USA) August 30, 1959 Milwaukee Mile
Sébastien Enjolras (FRA) May 3, 1997 Sportscar non-championship Le Mans 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans Pre-race test
Richie Evans (USA) October 24, 1985 Martinsville Speedway


Name Date of accident Discipline Car Championship Circuit Event Session Cause Source
Luigi Fagioli (Italy) June 1958 Sportscar non-championship 1952 Monaco Grand Prix Practice
Walt Faulkner (USA) April 22, 1956 USAC Stock Car Qualifier
Billy Foster (Canada) January 20, 1967 Championship car USAC Championship Car Riverside International Raceway Practice
Rodger Freeth (NZ) September 1993 Rally car Subaru Legacy World Rally Championship Rally Australia Race
Joe Fry (UK) July 29, 1950 1950 Blandford Hillclimb Practice


Gaines, David (1963–1990), Lowes Motor Speedway
Gartner, Jo (1954–1986), Le Mans 24h
Gehrke, Chris (1966–1991), ARCA, Died three days after being involved in a violent accident at Talladega.
Giunti, Ignazio (1941–1971), Sports car race, Buenos Aires
Glatz, Fritz (1943–2002), Euroboss race, Autodrom Most


Hagiwara, Akira (1956–1986) Japanese Touring Car Championship race, Sportsland SUGO
Hamilton, Hugh (1905–1934) Swiss Grand Prix, Bremgarten
Hammond, Shane (1980?-2008) New England Midget Association (NEMA) race, Thompson International Speedway
Hansford, Gregg (1952–1995) Australian Super Touring Championship race, Phillip Island
Hansgen, Walt (1919–1966), Testing for Le Mans 24 Hours
Harrell, Dick “Mr. Chevrolet” (1932–1971) Fuel funny car crash, Toronto, Canada
Hartmann, László (1901–1938) Tripoli Grand Prix, Tripoli, Libya
Hassler, Friday (1935–1972) Daytona 500 qualifying race, Daytona International Speedway
Hatakeyma, Kouichi (1949–1969), Fuji Speedway
Hawkins, Paul (1937–1969), Sports car practice, Oulton Park
Hawthorne, Bert (1944–1972), European Formula 2 practice, Hockenheimring
Hendrick, Kara (1969–1991), USAC Western States Midget race, Cajon Speedway
Hepburn, Ralph (1896–1948), Indy 500 practice
Hickman, Jim (1943–1982), Champ Car practice, Milwaukee
Horn, Ted (1910–1948), Champ Car race, DuQuoin
Horstmeyer, William A. (1930–1964) USAC National Championship Series, Illinois State Fairgrounds[3]
Höttinger, Markus (1956–1980) European Formula 2 race, Hockenheimring
Hoyt, Jerry (1929–1955), Sprint Car race, Oklahoma City


Irwin, Jr., Kenny (1969-2000), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon


Jacobi, Bruce, (1935–1987), NASCAR driver, injuries suffered in a 1983 wreck at the 125-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway
Jankowiak, Tony (?-1990) Modified race, Stafford Springs Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT
Jarzombek, Charlie, (1942–1987), NASCAR Modified driver, Martinsville Speedway
Johnson, Blaine (1962–1996), NHRA Winston Drag Racing 1996 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Qualifying Top Fuel Indianapolis Raceway Park
Johnson, Julius “Slick” (1948–1990), Injuries suffered in an ARCA race, Daytona International Speedway
Jacquemart, Patrick (1946–1981), IMSA GT testing accident, Mid-Ohio, death would lead to the research and invention of the HANS device.
Jackson, Bert (1960-2011), ADRL Pro Stock, Rockingham Dragway


Kalitta, Scott (1962–2008), NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing 2008 NHRA Lucas Oil Supernationals Qualifying Nitro Funny Car Englishtown, NJ
Kalla, Ken (1948–1983), ARCA 200, Talladega
Kazato, Hiroshi (1949–1974), Fuji Grand Champion race, Fuji Speedway, collision with Suzuki
Keech, Ray (1898–1929), AAA race, Altoona
Keller, Al (1920–1961), USAC Championship Car race, Phoenix
Kesjár, Csaba (1962–1988), Norisring Formula 3 practice, Nuremberg
Key, Johnny (1924–1954) Midgets, Cincinnati Race Bowl
Kimmel, Billy (1979–2007), 410 Sprint Car, Williams Grove Speedway
Kite, Harold (1921–1965), NASCAR National Series race, Charlotte
Knotts, Ricky (1951–1980), NASCAR WCP qualifying race, Daytona
Koinigg, Helmuth (1948–1974), US GP, Watkins Glen
Krosnoff, Jeff (1964–1996), Molson Indy CART race, Toronto
King, Steve (1973–2006), Knoxville Nationals Knoxville, Iowa (Sprint Car)


Lafosse, Jean-Louis (1941–1981), Le Mans 24h
Lambert, Percy (1881–1913), record attempt, Brooklands
Larson, Jud (1928–1966), USAC Sprint Car race, Reading, Pennsylvania
Leach, V.S. (died 1939), Australian Grand Prix, Lobethal South Australia
Leasher, Glenn (1937–1962), record attempt, Bonneville Salt Flats
Lehoux, Marcel (1888–1936), Deauville Grand Prix[4]
Lami, Catullo, (-1939), Coppa Acerbo[4]
Levegh, Pierre (1905–1955), 1955 Le Mans disaster
Lewis-Evans, Stuart (1930–1958), Morocco GP, Casablanca, in hospital six days after race accident
Lindley, Butch (1948–1990), Short track race, DeSoto Speedway
Linder, Dick (April 6, 1923 – April 19, 1959) USAC Sprint Cup race, Trenton, NJ
Lingenfelter, John (1945–2002), NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing Series 2002 Auto Club NHRA Finals Pomona, CA Eliminations
Lockhart, Frank (1903–1928), record attempt, Daytona Beach
Lovell, Mark (1959–2003), SCCA Rally
Lucienbonnet, Jean (1923–1962), Formula Junior, Enna-Pergusa Circuit, Sicily
Lund, Tiny (1929–1975), Talladega 500 NASCAR race, Talladega
Lyndon, Stuart (1950–1985), killed in an ARCA race at Atlanta Motor Speedway


MacKay-Fraser, Herbert (1927–1957), Formula 2 race, Reims
Malloy, Jim (1932–1972), Indy 500 qualifying
Marcelo, Jovy (1965–1992), Indy 500 practice
Maréchal, Pierre (1917–1949), 24 Hours of Le Mans
Magaña, Marco, (-1993) Fórmula Dos (Formula 3) race, Autódromo de Monterrey
Marimón, Onofre (1923–1954), German GP practice, Nürburgring
Marshman, Bobby (1936–1964), Champ Car private testing, Phoenix
Martin, Eric (1969–2002), ARCA, EasyCare 150 Practice Session, Lowes Motor Speedway
Materassi, Emilio (1889–1928), Italian GP, Monza
Matsunaga, Takashi (1943–1969) Suzuka 12 Hours race, Suzuka Circuit
Mayer, Timmy (1938–1964), Tasman Cup race, Longford Circuit [5]
Mays, Rex (1913–1949), AAA Champ Car race, Del Mar
MacDonald, Dave (1936–1964), Indy 500
MacTavish, Don (194?-1969), Sportsman 300, Daytona.
McColl, Stewart (1979–2003), Production car, Phillip Island.
McDuffie, J. D. (1938–1991), NASCAR Cup race, Watkins Glen
McGrath, Jack (1919–1955), AAA Champ Car race, Phoenix
McLaren, Bruce (1937–1970), McLaren Can-Am testing, Goodwood
McLean, Bob (1933–1966), 1966 Sebring 12 Hour Race
Medlen, Eric (1973–2007), NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing 2007 NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals Gainesville, FL Testing
Mendez, Russel (? – 1975) Fatal Crash in 1975
Merz, Otto (1889–1933), Avusrennen practice, AVUS
Milburn, Danny (1950–1991), USAC Silver Crown at Phoenix Int’l Raceway
Miller, Chet (1902–1953), Indy 500 practice
Miles, Ken (1918–1966), Ford GT prototype testing, Riverside
Minter, Kenny (1956–1995), S.M.A.R.T. Race, Caraway Speedway
Mitsuno, Takeshi, Suzuka Circuit 1965
Mitter, Gerhard (1935–1969), Formula 2, practice for F1 German Grand Prix, Nürburgring
Moll, Guy (1910–1934), Coppa Acerbo, Pescara
Moore, Greg (1975–1999), Marlboro 500 CART Champ Car race, Fontana
Mouras, Roberto (1948–1992), Turismo Carretera race at Lobos, Argentina
Müller, Herbert (1940–1981), 1000km Nürburgring Sports car race
Muramatsu, Eiki (1965–1990), All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship testing accident, Fuji Speedway[6]
Murphy, Jimmy (1894–1924), AAA Champ Car race, Syracuse
Musso, Luigi (1924–1958), French GP, Reims
Myers, Bobby (1927–1957), 1957 NASCAR Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway


Nagai, Kenichi (1942–1966) Japanese GP, Fuji Speedway
Nakano, Masaharu (1949–1973) Fuji 200 km race, Fuji Speedway
Nazaruk, Mike (1921–1955), Sprint Car race, Langhorne
Neal, Alan killed in final race in USA Grand Prix in 1966.
Nemechek, John (1970–1997), NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Homestead
Nève, Guy (1955–1992), Procar race at Chimay, Belgium
Nix, Jimmy NHRA Winston Drag Racing Top Fuel 1994 Dallas, TX
Niver, Mark (1950–2010), NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol 2010 Kent, WA
Núñez, Marcelo (1977–2004), Desafío Corona (now NASCAR Mexico Corona Series) race at Monterrey, Mexico.


O’Connor, Pat (1928–1958), Indy 500
O’dor, Kieth (1962–1995), German STW (Super Tourenwagen) race, AVUS
Ogawa, Hitoshi (1956–1992), Japanese F3000 race, Suzuka Circuit
Oreiller, Henri (1925–1962), 1000 km Paris, Autodrome de Montlhéry
Orr, Rodney (1962–1994), NWC Practice, Daytona


Paletti, Riccardo (1958–1982), Canadian GP, Montreal
Pardo, Carlos (1975–2009), Nascar México Series 2009
Park, Michael (1966–2005), Wales Rally Great Britain, Margam
Parry-Thomas, J.G. (1884–1927), Record attempt, Pendine Sands
Parker, Neal (1952–2010), NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing 2010 NHRA Supernationals Qualifying Top Alcohol Funny Car Englishtown, NJ
Pedrazzini, Carlo (?-1934), Pietro Bordino Circuit, Alessandria
Perry, Stan (19??-2007), Super Late Model
Peterson, Ronnie (1944–1978), Italian GP, Monza, in hospital one day after accident
Petty, Adam (1980–2000), NASCAR BGN practice, Loudon
Phillips, Russell (1969–1995), Sportsman race, Charlotte
Phillips, Wanda (?-2007), Ladies Pure 4 division race, Lonesome Pine Raceway Coeburn, VA
Polanco, Carlos (1968–1990), Chilean Formula 3 (serie Trofeo Nissan Sunny), Roca Roja, Antofagasta
Pollard, Art (1927–1973), Indy 500 practice
Porter, Mark (1975–2006), Fujitsu V8 Supercars support race for the Bathurst 1000
Pratt, Donald(?-1989) Modified race, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA
Prince, Talmadge (1938–1970) Daytona 500 Qualifier #2, Daytona International Speedway
Pryce, Tom (1949–1977), South African GP, Kyalami


Raby, Ian (1921–1967), died of injuries sustained in the 1967 Zandvoort Trophy Formula Two race
Ratzenberger, Roland (1960–1994), San Marino GP qualifying, Imola
Read, Tracy (1961–1987) – ARCA race at Talladega
Reece, Jimmy (1929–1958), Champ Car race, Trenton
Renault, Marcel (1872–1903), Paris Madrid race
Renna, Tony (1976–2003), Indy Racing League test, Indianapolis
Resta, Dario (1884–1924), Record attempt, Brooklands
Revson, Peter (1939–1974), Shadow F1 testing at Kyalami one week before race South African GP
Richards, Gene – Killed in an ARCA race at Talladega in 1982
Rindt, Jochen (1942–1970), Italian GP qualifying, Monza
Roberts, Johnny ( ? – 1965) – Killed in a NASCAR sportsman modified race crash at Lincoln Speedway, Pensylvania on July 24 1965
Roberts, Fireball (1931–1964), NASCAR GNC race, Charlotte
Roberts, Floyd (1901–1939), Indy 500
Robinson, Jim (1946–1995), Succumbing to injuries suffered in a 1988 NASCAR West series crash at Phoenix Int’l Raceway
Robson, George (1909–1946), Champ Car race, Lakewood Speedway, Atlanta
Rodee, Chuck Indy 500 1966
Rodríguez, Gonzalo (1972–1999), Champ Car qualifying, Laguna Seca
Rodríguez, Pedro (1940–1971), Interserie Sports car race, Norisring
Rodríguez, Ricardo (1942–1962), Mexican GP (NC) practice, Mexico City
Roper, Tony (1964–2000), NASCAR CTS race, Fort Worth
Rosemeyer, Bernd (1909–1938), record attempt, Frankfurt-Darmstadt Autobahn
Rosier, Louis (1905–1956), Salon De Paris, Montlhéry
Russell, Darrell (1968–2004) NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Top Fuel 2004 NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals Madison, IL Eliminations
Ryan, Peter (1942–1962), Formula Junior race, Reims


Sachs, Eddie (1927–1964), Indy 500
Santander, Sergio (195-1987), Chilean Formula 3 race, Las Vizcachas, Santiago
Savage, Swede (1946–1973), Indy 500
Scarfiotti, Ludovico (1933–1968), Hillclimb, Rossfeld
Schell, Harry (1921–1960), Formula 1 testing, Silverstone
Schindler, Bill (1909–1952), Allentown
Schlesser, Jo (1928–1968), French GP, Rouen
Schoonover, Terry (1952–1984), NASCAR WCP race, Atlanta
Scott Brown, Archie (1927–1958), Sport Car Race at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Seaman, Richard (1913–1939), Belgian GP, Spa
Senna, Ayrton (1960–1994), San Marino GP, Imola
Shanahan, Neil (1979–1999), UK Formula Ford, Oulton Park
Shepherd, Lee (1944–1985), Pro-Stock Drag testing, Ardmore
Siffert, Jo (1936–1971), Non Championship F1 race, Brands Hatch
Skeen, Buren (1936–1965), NASCAR Southern 500 at Darlington
Smiley, Gordon (1946–1982), Indy 500 qualifying
Smith, Larry (1942–1973), Talladega 500 NASCAR race, Talladega
Snell, William (1914–1956), SCCA Club regional sportscar race, Arcata-Eureka Airport, death would lead to the Snell Memorial Foundation standard for helmets
Solana, Moisés (1936–1969), Hillclimb Valle de Bravo – Bosencheve, México
Sommer, Raymond (1906–1950), Non Championship Formula 1 race, Cadours
Sondermann, Gustavo (1982–2011), Stock Car Brasil race (Copa Chevrolet Montana category), Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Spangler, Lester (1906–1933) Indy 500
Spence, Mike (1936–1968), Indy 500 practice
Sperafico, Rafael (1981–2007), Stock Car Brasil race (Stock Car Light category), Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Stacey, Alan (1933–1960), Belgian GP, Spa
Stanley, Robbie (1967–1994), Sprint Car race, Winchester Speedway
Stewart, Max (1935–1977), Practice for 1977 Australian Drivers Championship Race, Calder Park Raceway, Victoria, Australia
Stommelen, Rolf (1943–1983), Sports Car race, Riverside International Raceway
Surtees, Henry (1991–2009), Formula 2, Brands Hatch
Sweikert, Bob (1926–1956), Sprint Car race, Salem


Tachi, Shingo (1977–1999), JGTC testing, TI Circuit, Aida, Japan
Takahashi, Toru (1960–1983), Grand Champion Series race, Fuji Speedway, Japan
Taylor, Dennis (1921–1962), Formula Junior, Circuit de Monaco
Taylor, John (1933–1966), German GP, Nürburgring
Teague, Marshall (1921–1959), Champ Car testing, Daytona
Toivonen, Henri (1956–1986), Tour de Corse, Corsica
Trintignant, Louis (?-1933), Picardy Grand Prix practice, Péronne


Unser, Jr., Jerry (1932-1959), 1959 Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis


Varzi, Achille (1904–1948), Swiss Grand Prix practice, Circuit Bremgarten
Villeneuve, Gilles (1950–1982), Belgian GP qualifying, Zolder
von Trips, Wolfgang (1928–1961), Italian GP, Monza
Vukovich, Bill (1918–1955), 39th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, 30 May 1955
Vukovich III, Bill (1963–1990), Sprint Car race, Mesa Marin Raceway


Wade, Billy (1930-1965), tire testing, Daytona
Warwick, Paul (1969–1991), British F3000 race, Oulton Park
Watanabe, Akira (1944–1968), Fuji Speedway
Watson, Don (?-1994), Practice for Bathurst 1000, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Weatherly, Joe (1922–1964), NASCAR GNC race, Riverside
Wheldon, Dan (1978-2011), IZOD World Championships, Las Vegas
White, Nolan (1931–2002), land speed record attempt, Bonneville
Wilcox, Howdy (1889–1923), Champ Car race, Altoona
Williams, Don (?-1989), crash in Sportsman 300
Williamson, Roger (1948–1973), Dutch GP, Zandvoort
Williamson, Tim (1956–1980), NASCAR Grand American race, Riverside
Wimille, Jean-Pierre (1908–1949), Argentinian GP, Buenos Aires
Winkelhock, Manfred (1951–1985), Sports car race, Mosport International Raceway
Woolfe, John (1932–1969), 24 Hour Le Mans


Zborowski, Louis (1895-1924), 1924 Italian Grand Prix, Monza

Open wheel types

Deaths in Formula One World Championship
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
Main article: List of Champ Car fatal accidents

Deaths in Formula 2
Herbert McKay-Fraser, Reims, 1957
Ivor Bueb, Clermont Ferrand, 1959
Ian Raby, Zandvoort, 1967
Jim Clark, Hockenheimring, April 1968
Gerhard Mitter, Nurburgring, 1969
Bert Hawthorne, Hockenheimring, 1972
Gerry Birrell, Rouen, 1973
Markus Höttinger, Hockenheimring, 1980
Hans-Georg Bürger, Zandvoort, 1980
Henry Surtees, Brands Hatch, 2009

Deaths in Formula 3000
Eiki Muramatsu, Fuji Speedway, March 1990
Paul Warwick, Oulton Park, July 1991
Hitoshi Ogawa, Suzuka, 1992
Marco Campos, Magny-Cours, October 1995

Deaths in IRL
See also List of Indianapolis 500 deaths
Scott Brayton, Indianapolis, May 1996 (in practice)
Tony Renna, Indianapolis, October 2003 (in testing)
Paul Dana, Homestead-Miami, March 2006 (in practice)
Dan Wheldon, Las Vegas, October 2011
Deaths in junior openwheel categories
Senkichi Omura, Formula 2000, Suzuka, 1974
Koji Onoda, Formula J1600, Tsukuba, 1982
Stock car types

Deaths in NASCAR Winston Cup/Nextel Cup/Sprint Cup
Main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents

Deaths in NASCAR Busch/Nationwide Series (since 1982)
Main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents

Deaths in NASCAR Craftsman/Camping World Truck Series (since 1995)
Main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents

Deaths in NASCAR Modified Series
Main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents

Deaths in NASCAR Sportsman Series
Main article: List of NASCAR fatal accidents

Deaths in Auto Racing Club of America
Gene Richards, Talladega, July 1982
Ken Kalla, Talladega, May 1983
Francis Affleck, Daytona, January 1985
Stuart Lyndon, Atlanta, June 1985
Tracy Read, Talladega, July 1987
Slick Johnson, Daytona, February 1990
Chris Gehrke, Talladega, May 1991
Chad Coleman, Atlanta, August 1998
Scott Baker, Toledo, June 2000
Blaise Alexander, Charlotte, October 2001
Eric Martin, Charlotte, October 2002 (in practice)

Deaths in NASCAR (before 1949)
Slick Davis, Greensboro, July 1948 (1st NASCAR fatality in history)


Deaths in FIA World Rally Championship
Main article: List of fatal World Rally Championship accidents

Deaths in Dakar Rally
Main article: List of Dakar Rally fatal accidents

Deaths in SCCA ProRally and Rally America
Mark Lovell, July 2003
Roger Freeman, July 2003
Matthew Marker, April 2011 [1]

Deaths in other rally races
XU Lang, Trans-oriental Rally, 16 June 2008
Peter Brock, Targa West, 8 September 2006
Khalid Bakhressa, Zanzibar, 16 December 2007[7]

Drag Racing

Deaths in IHRA
Walter Henry, 1989
Dwight Shepard, 1989
Wayne Bailey, October 2000

Deaths in NHRA
John Hagen, August, 1983
Lee Shepherd, 11 March 1985
Blaine Johnson, 31 August 1996
Carrie Jo Neal, 25 July 1997
John Lingenfelter, 27 October 2002, died on 25 December 2003
Darrell Russell, 27 June 2004 During 2nd round eliminations
Michelle “Shelly” Howard, 2 April 2005
Eric Medlen, 23 March 2007 Severe tire shake during testing causing brain injury, died 3 days later
John Shoemaker, 8 March 2008
Scott Kalitta, 21 June 2008
Neal Parker, 11 June 2010
Mark Niver, 11 July 2010

Endurance racing

Deaths in 24 Hours of Le Mans
Main article: List of 24 Hours of Le Mans fatal accidents

Deaths in 1000km Nürburgring
Herbert Müller, Nürburgring, 1981

Deaths in Grand-Am
Jeff Clinton, Homestead-Miami, March 2002

Other Endurance races
Henri Oreiller, 1000 km Paris, 1962
Kiyoshi Akiyama, Suzuka 12 Hours race, 1970
Ignazio Giunti, Buenos Aires, January 1971
Pedro Rodriguez, Norisring, July 1971
Rolf Stommelen, Riverside, 1983
Stefan Bellof, Spa-Francorchamps, 1985
Manfred Winkelhock, Mosport Park, 1985
Mike Burgmann, Bathurst 1000, October 1986
Don Watson, Bathurst 1000, October 1994 (in practice)
Michele Alboreto, EuroSpeedway Lausitz, April 2001 (in testing run)

Grand Touring and sportscar racing

Excluding those listed under as endurance racing

Trans-Am Series
Jerry Titus, Road America, 1969
Jim Fitzgerald, Saint Petersburg Grand Prix, 1987
Mike Gagliardo, Mosport, 2001


Wallace Coleman, 1 September 1921, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Ludovico Scarfiotti, 8 June 1968, near Berchtesgaden
Mark Colton, August 1995, Craigantlet
Ralph Chandler Bruning Jr. 2001, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Sprint Cars

Alvin Gatlin W.Memphis Ark, Sprintcar
Sonny Sayre Tunica, MS, Sprintcar
Vince Osman, Kokomo Speedway

Deaths in United States Automobile Club
Jud Larson, June 1966, Sprint Car
Red Riegel, June 1966, Sprint Car
Rich Vogler, July 1990
Danny Milburn, February 1991
Kara Hendrick, October 1991, Midget car
Robbie Stanley, May 1994
Don Townsend, 9 July 1995, practice lap
Joe Rebman, 11 August 2006, during race

Deaths in National Sprint Tour
Fred Brownfield, 18 June 2006, owner of the National Sprint Tour, while chalking start line during a modified race at Grays Harbor Raceway.

Deaths in World of Outlaws
Kevin Gobrecht, September 1999
Ron Laney, 2004
Billy Kimmel, 2 September 2007

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