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Birthday of Franco RolBirthday

Franco Rol was born in Turin, Italy. He participated in 5 Formula One World Championship grands prix, debuting on May 21, 1950. He scored no championship points.

Franco Rol died June 18, 1977 in Rapallo.


Birthday of Jorge DaponteBirthday

Jorge Daponte was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He participated in 2 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on January 17, 1954 and scoring no championship points. He also participated in several non-Championship races. He died at 39 years of age.


Birthday of Umberto MaglioliBirthday

Umberto Maglioli was born in Bioglio, Vercelli, Italy. He participated in 10 Grands Prix, debuting on September 13, 1953. He achieved 2 podiums by sharing drives and scored 3.33 championship points.


Birthday of Noritake TakaharaBirthday

Noritake Takahara is a former Formula One driver from Japan. He participated in 2 Grands Prix, debuting on October 24, 1976. He scored no championship points.


Birthday of Charles De TornacoBirthday

Belgian racing driver Charles de Tornaco was born on June 7, 1927 in Brussels, Belgium. He participated in 4 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on June 22, 1952 in Ferrari. De Tornaco finished that GP in seventh place at the Belgian GP, driving the Ferrari 500. One year later in 1953, the Belgian died at the age of 25 after a testing accident at Monza.


Johnny McDowellFatalities

Johnny McDowell was an American racecar driver from Delavan, Illinois. McDowell competed in the 1949 to 1952 Indianapolis 500 races. Since the Indy 500 was part of the F1 World Championship between 1950 and 1960 he completed 3 World Championship races.

He was killed at the Champ Car race at the Milwaukee Mile on June 8, 1952 at age 37.


Birthday of Jackie StewartBirthday

Sir John Young Stewart, better known as Jackie Stewart, and nicknamed The Flying Scot, is a Scottish former racing driver. He competed in 99 Formula One GP's between 1965 and 1973, winning three world titles. During that period he also raced in Can-Am.

Between 1997 and 1999 he was team principal in partnership with his son, Paul Stewart of the Stewart Grand Prix Formula One racing team.


Birthday of Bob EvansBirthday

Robert "Bob" Evans is a British former racing driver from England. He participated in 11 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on March 1, 1975. He scored no championship points. He also competed in numerous non-Championship Formula One races.


1955 Le Mans disasterFatalities

After just over two hours of racing in the 1955 edition of Le Mans, Levegh was following Mike Hawthorn's leading Jaguar D-type along the pit straight at the end of Lap 35. At approximately 6:26pm local time, Levegh chased the Austin-Healy of Mike Hawthorn. However, as Hawthorn braked hard to enter the pitlane, Levegh could not void hitting him. His #20 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR flew in the air and ended up in the spectator area. Immediately after, the magnesium based car cought fire and continued burning for several hours. The event killed Levegh and 82 spectators. The Frenchman drove 6 Grand Prix during his career. He was 49 years old.

Mercedes-Benz consequently decided to leave motorsport for several decades.


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Birthday of Jean AlesiBirthday

Jean Alesi is a French racing driver of Italian origins. His Formula One career included spells at Tyrrell, Benetton, Sauber, Prost, Jordan and most notably Ferrari where he proved very popular among the tifosi (Italian fanbase).

Alesi debuted in 1989 in a Tyrrell and finished fourth. Despite this formidable entry, Alesi only won a single GP during his lenghty Formula One career. On his 31st birthday he won the Canadian GP in Montreal.


Birthday of Philip CadeBirthday

Philip Cade was an amateur race car driver from the United States. He entered one Formula One Grand Prix (USA 1959) with a privately-entered Maserati 250F, but failed to start due to engine problems.

Phil Cade died August 28, 2001 in Winchester, Massachusetts.


Birthday of Dennis TaylorBirthday

Dennis Taylor was born in Sidcup, Kent, England. As a racing driver, he entered one single championship event, the 1959 British Grand Prix driving his Formula 2 Lotus 12 but he failed to qualify.

He was killed in a minor race at Monte Carlo on June 2, 1962.


Birthday of Robert Innes IrelandBirthday

Robert McGregor Innes Ireland was a Scottish military officer, engineer, and motor racing driver. Ireland's first serious year of auto racing was 1957, by which time he was running a small engineering firm in Surrey. Ireland made his debut for Team Lotus in 1959. In 1960 he won three non-championship Formula One races and finished fourth in the World Drivers Championship. One year later he was sacked after giving up his car to rival Stirling Moss and never had the car to achieve anything any more in F1.

Ireland died of Cancer at the age of 63.


Birthday of Hans BinderBirthday

Hans Binder was born in Zell am Ziller, Innsbruck, Austria. He is a former Formula One driver for Ensign, Wolf, Surtees and ATS teams. He was unable to score any points from his 15 GP starts.