Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and father of the Porsche 911—died today. RIP, sir.
Dan Wheldon died today in a massive 15 car (of 34 cars racing) accident in during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas earlier this afternoon. I salute him as a 2-time winner of the glorious Indianopolis 500 and a great driver. Other drivers were also injured and are being treated at the hospital. Racing has become so much safer in modern times, but this is a reminded that it’s still not immuned to catastrophe.
Following the accident, a red flag was introduced. The race was then stopped for good. However, following the announcement, the drivers and teams decided to do a 5 lap tribute to him:
Huge in the US automotive journalism world; with Car & Driver, as founder of Automobile Magazine, and later Winding Road. He was articulate and interesting and had a large amount of influence on the creation of automotive blogging and writing. He died of cancer at the age of 80. (thanks to Fourtitude for finding the video)