Driver deaths in open wheel cars with no head protection

List of deaths in open wheel race cars that had no head protection. List does not include midgets and sprint cars after the 1960s when roll cages were added. Table is in alphabetical order.

This list ties in with the following article on why IndyCar and F1 cars should have closed cockpits – IndyCars for sure – many more deaths.

No. Name Date of accident Discipline Circuit Event Cause
1 Les Adair (USA) 19-Sep-48 Sprint car Franklin Speedway Qualifying heat race Locked wheels with another car, went through a fence and the other car landed on Adair's car
2 Marcel Albers (NED) 20-Apr-92 Open wheel Thruxton Circuit Unknown Hit the back of Elton Julian's car, went airborne, somersaulted, and hit guardrail
3 Mario Alborghetti (ITA) 11-Apr-55 Open wheel Circuit de Pau-Ville Pau Grand Prix Went over a straw barricade and crashed into barriers
4 George Amick (USA) 4-Apr-59 Open wheel Daytona Speedway USAC 100-mile race Crashed into wall, front end sheared off, and flipped
5 Bob Anderson (GBR) 14-Aug-67 Open wheel Silverstone Unknown Crashed into marshal's box
6 Keith Andrews (USA) 15-May-57 Open wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Andrews stepped into Giuseppe Farina's car for a test run, but crashed. Down the frontstretch, Andrews began to slide, and when he attempted to correct, the car backed into the inside wall separating the pit area. Andrews was crushed to death between the cowl and the fuel tank, but no fire broke out.
7 Antonio Ascari (ITA) 26-Jul-25 Open wheel Autodrome de Montlhéry 1925 French Grand Prix Crashed into a fence, rolled and was thrown out
8 Manny Ayulo (USA) 16-Jun-55 Open wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1955 Indianapolis 500 Steering broke and he crashed into a wall
9 Lorenzo Bandini (ITA) 7-May-67 Open wheel Circuit de Monaco 1967 Monaco Grand Prix Car skidded, hit straw bales and an iron bollard, caught fire and rolled several times, landing upside down
10 George Barringer (USA) 2-Sep-46 Open wheel Lakewood Speedway Atlanta 100-Mile National Championship Auto Race Hit by the car of George Robson, spun and got hit by another car
11 Carel Godin de Beaufort (NED) 1-Aug-64 Open wheel Nurburgring 1964 German Grand Prix Left the road at Bergwerk, went down an embankment and hit a tree
12 Don Beauman (UK) 9-Jul-55 Open wheel Rathnew Leinster Trophy Crashed down a hill, hit a tree and caught on fire
13 Tony Bettenhausen (USA) 12-May-61 Open wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1961 Indianapolis 500 An anchor bolt fell off the front radius rod support, causing the front axle to misalign when braking, which in turn caused the car to turn into the wall, roll along the wall and land upside down in the grass
14 Jules Bianchi (FRA) 5-Oct-14 Open wheel Suzuka Circuit 2014 Japanese Grand Prix Lost control, crashed into a recovery vehicle suffering a diffuse axonal injury
15 Gerry Birrell (SCO) 23-Jun-73 Open wheel Rouen-Les-Essarts XXI Grand Prix de Rouen Front left tire deflated and crashed into the guardrail: he went under the guardrail and was decapitated
16 Art Bisch (USA) 4-Jul-58 Open wheel Lakewood Speedway Atlanta 100-Mile Race Lost control and flipped twice
17 Pietro Bordino (ITA) 22-Apr-28 Open wheel Alessandria, Italy Unknown Car hit a dog, jammed the steering, the car lost control, flew in the air and fell into the Tarano
18 Wilfred Bourque (CAN) 19-Aug-09 Open wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway Prest-O-Lite Trophy Race Suffered a suspected rear-axle failure resulting in his car flipping end over end on the front stretch.
19 Baconin Borzacchini (ITA) 10-Sep-33 Open wheel Autodromo Nazionale Monza Italian Grand Prix Veered of the road, hit the car of Giuseppe Campari and was thrown out
20 Guy Bouriat (FRA) 21-May-33 Open wheel Péronne, Somme Picardy Grand Prix Crashed into another car, left the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire
21 Joe Boyer (USA) 1-Sep-24 Open wheel Altoona Speedway Fall classic A tire blew out and he crashed into the upper guardrail
22 Bobby Ball (USA) 3-Jan-53 Midget Carrell Speedway Unknown Crashed into the car of Andy Linden and flipped
23 Don Branson (USA) 12-Nov-66 Midget Ascot Park Unknown Crashed into by the car of Dick Atkins after coming off the wall and rolled over
24 Josef Brázdil (CZE) 27-Aug-34 Open wheel Masaryk Circuit Masaryk Grand Prix Left wheels went into a ditch, failed to control the car, crashed into a tree and was thrown out: the car continued, hit another tree, went into the air and somersaulted
25 Gastone Brilli-Peri (ITA) 22-Mar-30 Open wheel Tripoli Tripoli Grand Prix Car bounced on the rough surface of the road, went into the right embankment, hit a small wall, rolled and he was thrown out
26 Chris Bristow (ENG) 19-Jun-60 Open wheel Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Belgian Grand Prix Touched wheels with the car of Willy Mairesse, lost control, crashed into an embankment, rolled and he was thrown into barbed wire
27 David Bruce-Brown (USA) 1-Oct-12 Open wheel Wauwatosa road track Vanderbilt Cup Tire blew out, car flipped and he was thrown out
28 Jimmy Bryan (USA) 19-Jun-60 Open wheel Langhorne Speedway Langhorne 100-Mile Race Slid, dug in the dirt, touched the car of Jim Hurtubise, went in the air and flipped end over end
29 Ivor Bueb (ENG) 26-Jul-59 Open wheel Clermont-Ferrand II Trophée d'Auvergne Overshot the corner, crashed and was thrown out
30 Giulio Cabianca (ITA) 15-Jun-61 Formula 1 Modena Autodrome Unknown Gearbox failure caused the car to not slow down in a turn, went through a gate to find an escape route, hit a bystander, crossed a street and crashed into the wall of a workshop
31 David Caid (USA) 12-Mar-61 Sprint car Imperial Valley Speedway Unknown Car bumped into the back of another car, ran over the back wheels and went end-over-end several times
32 Giuseppe Campari (ITA) 10-Sep-33 Open wheel Monza 1933 Italian Grand Prix Crash
33 Marco Campos (BRA) 15-Oct-95 Open wheel Magny-Cours Magny-Cours F-3000 Crash
34 Eugenio Castellotti (ITA) 14-Mar-57 Formula 1 Modena Autodrome Unknown Crash
35 François Cevert (FRA) 6-Oct-73 Formula 1 Watkins Glen 1973 United States Grand Prix Crash
36 Gaston Chevrolet (FRA) 25-Nov-20 Open wheel Beverly Hills Speedway Beverly Hills 200-Mile Race Crash
37 Jim Clark (SCO) 7-Apr-68 Open wheel Hockenheim II Deutschland Trophae Crash
38 Graham Coaker (GBR) 12-Apr-71 Open wheel Silverstone Circuit Unknown Crash
39 Peter Collins (ENG) 3-Aug-58 Open wheel Nurburgring German GP Crash
40 Piers Courage (ENG) 21-Jun-70 Open wheel Circuit Zandvoort 1970 Dutch Grand Prix Crash
41 Stanislaus Czaykowski (NED) 10-Sep-33 Open wheel Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza Grand Prix Crash
42 Paul Dana (USA) 26-Mar-06 Open wheel Homestead-Miami Speedway 2006 Toyota Indy 300 Crashed into the disabled car of Ed Carpenter at 176 mph
43 Jimmy Davies (USA) 11-Jun-66 Midget Santa Fe Speedway Unknown Crashed into a wall
44 Lex Davison (AUS) 20-Feb-65 Open wheel Sandown Raceway International 100 Heart attack
45 Patrick Depailler (FRA) 1-Aug-80 Open wheel Hockenheimring 1980 German Grand Prix Suspension failure caused the car to crash into the wall with fatal head injuries
46 Mark Donohue (USA) 19-Aug-75 Open wheel Ã-sterreichring 1975 Austrian Grand Prix A tire failure caused the car to crash into the wall and vault over the fence: died of a blood clot in the brain two days later
47 Ronnie Duman (USA) 9-Jun-68 Open wheel Milwaukee Mile Rex Mays 150 Crashed into the car of Bay Darnell, caught fire and was hit by another car
48 Cameron Earl (UK) 18-Jun-52 Formula 1 MIRA Ltd. Unknown Lost control, went off the track and rolled several times
49 Ed Elisian (USA) 30-Aug-59 Open wheel Milwaukee Mile Milwaukee 200 Fuel cell ruptured in crash and he burned to death
50 Bertrand Fabi (CAN) 21-Feb-86 Formula 3 Goodwood Circuit Unknown Left the road because of icy conditions, hit the barriers and rolled
51 Frank Facenda (USA) 12-Sep-47 Midget car Seekonk Speedway Unknown Overturned and spun into a rail
52 John Gall (USA) 8-Aug-75 Midget Indianapolis Speedrome Unknown Struck a concrete wall, flipped over it, and slammed into a light pole: caused by a stuck throttle
53 Frank Galvin (USA) 3-Dec-16 Open wheel Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy Crashed into grandstand
54 Dean Gardner (USA) 3-Oct-46 Midget Phoenix Speedway Unknown Crash
55 Johnny Garrett (USA) 15-Mar-53 Sprint car Clovis Speedway Unknown Hit car of George Amick, hit wall and flipped
56 Jean Gaupillat (FRA) 22-Jul-34 Open wheel Dieppe 1934 Grand Prix de Dieppe Crashed into a tree
57 Fritz Glatz (AUT) 14-Jul-02 Open wheel Autodrom Most Unknown Hit curb, somersaulted and was destroyed
58 Jack Habermehl (USA) 21-Jun-48 Midget Los Angeles Coliseum Unknown Crashed into a wall and flipped
59 Hugh Hamilton (NIR) 26-Aug-34 Open wheel Bremgarten 1934 Swiss Grand Prix Left wheel broke, overcorrected the turn, hit a tree, slid and hit another tree
60 László Hartmann (HUN) 15-May-38 Open wheel Mellaha XII Gran Premio de Tripoli Overturned after the car of Giuseppe Farina clipped his left wheel
61 Bert Hawthorne (IRE) 14-Apr-72 Open wheel Hockenheimring VI Deutschland Trophäe, Jim Clark Gedächtnisrennen Hit by another car and pushed into a guardrail, where he caught on fire
62 Ralph Hepburn (USA) 16-May-48 Open wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Went into the grass, overcorrected and hit the wall at a 45-degree angle
63 Jim Hickman (USA) 31-Jul-82 Open wheel Milwaukee Mile Tony Bettenhausen 200 Crash
64 Bill Hollowell (ENG) 9-Aug-25 Open wheel Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 1925 Belgian Grand Prix Crash
65 Ted Horn (USA) 10-Oct-48 Open wheel DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Duquoin 100 Mile Race Equipment failure
66 William Horstmeyer (USA) 22-Aug-64 Open wheel Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 Crash
67 Markus Höttinger (GER) 13-Apr-80 Open wheel Hockenheimring Jim Clark Rennen Debris
68 Jerry Hoyt (USA) 10-Jul-55 Open wheel Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds Unknown Crash
69 Anthony Imbimbo (USA) 2-Jul-48 Midget Hinchliffe Stadium Consolation race Spun trying to avoid a crash, hit a car and flipped
70 Bill Ingram (USA) 14-Aug-40 Midget car Balboa Stadium Unknown Crash
71 Hengkie Iriawan (INA) 23-Apr-72 Open wheel Ipoh Temporary Circuit 3rd BP Kart Prix Crash
72 Masazi Iso (JPN) 6-Mar-82 Open wheel Suzuka Circuit Unknown Hit while walking away from crash
73 Lewis Jackson (USA) 18-Nov-16 Open wheel Santa Monica 1916 American Grand Prize Went off the track, hit several palm trees and a lemonade stand
74 Harry Jastrow (USA) 15-Sep-35 Midget Milwaukee Mile Unknown Car locked wheels with another car, flipped and crushed him
75 Frank Jenkinson (USA) 27-Jul-30 Open wheel Jungle Park Speedway Unknown Spindle broke on the right front axle and car went through a fence into the woods
76 Van Johnson (USA) 19-Jul-59 Open wheel Williams Grove Speedway Indianapolis Sweepstakes Hit by the car of Joe Barzda and flipped
77 Ray Keech (USA) 15-Jun-29 Open wheel Altoona Speedway Altoona 200-Mile Race Crashed into a loose piece of guardrail, rolled several times and caught fire at the bottom of the track
78 Al Keller (USA) 19-Nov-61 Open wheel Arizona State Fairgrounds Track Unknown Right wheel got caught in a rut, car spun, rolled broadside several times and landed upside down on a chain link fence
79 Csaba Kesjár (HUN) 24-Jun-88 Open wheel Norisring 200 Meilen von Nurnberg Brakes failed, hit a guardrail, was thrown into the air and landed upside down
80 Johnny Key (USA) 30-Jun-54 Midget Cincinnati Race Bowl American Automobile Association Midget Championship A broken radius rod caused the car to crash into a wall and he was thrown out of the car: he was then run over by the car of Jack Turner
81 Helmuth Koinigg (AUT) 6-Oct-74 Open wheel Watkins Glen 1974 United States Grand Prix Deflated right tire caused the car to crash head-on into crash mesh: the car went straight under the guardrail and he was decapitated
82 Alexander Nikolaevich Konshin (RUS) 22-Sep-12 Open wheel Elenino-Klin-Elenino First Russian Automobile Club Moscow 100 km Explosion
83 Jeff Krosnoff (USA) 14-Jul-96 Open wheel Toronto Road Course 1996 Molson Indy Toronto Crash
84 Roy Lake (USA) 24-Sep-38 Sprint Car Allentown Fairgrounds Unknown Crashed into a concrete wall
85 Catullo Lami (ITA) 13-Aug-39 Open Wheel Pescara Circuit XV Coppa Tito Acerbo Went off the road and rolled
86 Jerry Landon (USA) 29-Apr-89 Open Wheel Kalamazoo Speedway Unknown Crashed into another car, went airborne and hit the outside wall
87 Jud Larson (USA) 11-Jun-66 Sprint Car Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Unknown Crashed into another car, rolled and hit a fence
88 Vern Leech (AUS) 2-Jan-39 Open Wheel Lobethal 1939 Australian Grand Prix Crash
89 Marcel Lehoux (FRA) 19-Jul-36 Open Wheel Deauville Grand Prix de Deauville Crashed into the car of Giuseppe Farina, flipped and he was thrown out
90 Stuart Lewis-Evans (UK) 19-Oct-58 Open Wheel Ain-Diab Circuit 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix Crash
91 Scott Liebler (USA) 13-Oct-89 Open Wheel Road Atlanta SCCA National Championship Runoffs Crash
92 Dick Linder (USA) 19-Apr-59 Open Wheel Trenton Speedway Trenton 100-Mile Race Crash
93 George Christian von Lobkowicz (CZE) 22-May-32 Open Wheel AVUS Internationales AVUS Rennen Car swerved, crossed the straight, cut through three trees and hit a railway wall
94 Frank Lockhart (USA) 25-Apr-28 Open Wheel Daytona Beach Unknown Equipment Failure
95 Jean Lucienbonnet (ITA) 19-Aug-62 Open Wheel Pergusa XI Gran Premio Pergusa Crash
96 David Ma (HK) 19-Nov-71 Open Wheel Guia Circuit Guia Race of Macau Crashed into a street lamp after losing control
97 Dave MacDonald (USA) 30-May-64 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1964 Indianapolis 500 Lost control of the car, hit the wall, exploded and was hit by the car of Eddie Sachs
98 Marco Magaña (MEX) 30-May-93 Open Wheel Autódromo Monterrey Fórmula Dos championship Rock launched from another car went into his visor, ran off the track, hit an embankment, went airborne and hit a commentating box
99 Jim Malloy (USA) 14-May-72 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Lost control and crashed into the wall at 186 mph
100 Jovy Marcelo (PHI) 15-May-92 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Crashed into a wall backwards and hit his head on the cockpit
101 Onofre Marimón (ARG) 31-Jul-54 Open Wheel Nurburgring 1954 German Grand Prix Careened down a hill
102 Bobby Marshman (USA) 27-Nov-64 Open Wheel Phoenix International Raceway Unknown Suddenly turned into the wall and crashed head on
103 Timmy Mayer (USA) 28-Feb-64 Open Wheel Longford Circuit South Pacific Trophy Lost control of the car, landed crooked, launched into a group of trees and was thrown out
104 Rex Mays (USA) 6-Nov-49 Open Wheel Del Mar Del Mar 100-Mile Race Hit a rut, flipped, was thrown out and run over
105 Jack McGrath (USA) 6-Nov-55 Open Wheel Arizona State Fairgrounds Bobby Ball Memorial Race Axle broke and car flipped
106 Chet Miller (USA) 15-May-53 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Car went into the dirt, Chet overcorrected and slammed into the wall
107 Guy Moll (ALG) 15-Aug-34 Open Wheel Pescara Circuit X Coppa Tito Acerbo Tried to overtake the car of Ernst Henne, lost control of the car, hit the parapet of a bridge, somersaulted and flung Guy out
108 Greg Moore (CAN) 31-Oct-99 Open Wheel California Speedway 1999 Marlboro 500 Jumped loose coming off of turn 2, became inverted, and crashed top first into concrete barrier
109 Jimmy Murphy (USA) 15-Sep-24 Open Wheel New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse 150-Mile Race Crash
110 Luigi Musso (ITA) 6-Jul-58 Open Wheel Reims 1958 French Grand Prix Tire Deflation
111 Mike Nazaruk (USA) 1-May-55 Sprint car Langhorne Unknown Veered into the wall, swerved, hit the wall again, went partway through it, rolled several times and caught fire: he was thrown out of the car
112 Harry Neale (AUS) 6-Feb-59 Midget Claremont Speedway Unknown Crashed into another car, rolled several times, belt broke and was thrown out
113 Hank Nykaza (USA) 24-Aug-57 Midget Car Milwaukee Mile Unknown Rear wheels locked up, car skidded, jack-knifed, seat belt snapped and was thrown out
114 Pat O'Connor (USA) 30-May-58 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1958 Indianapolis 500 Hit the car of Jimmy Reece, flipped, skidded, hit a wall and caught fire
115 Eddie O'Donnell (USA) 25-Nov-20 Open Wheel Beverly Hills Speedway Beverly Hills 200-Mile Race Crashed into the car of Gaston Chevrolet
116 Hitoshi Ogawa (JPN) 24-May-92 Open Wheel Suzuka Circuit Million Card Cup Race Round 2 Crashed into the car of Andrew Gilbert-Scott, flew into the gravel trap and hit a pole supporting a fence
117 Rance Olds (USA) 23-Jun-23 Open Wheel Roby Speedway Unknown Crash
118 Senkichi Omura (JPN) 7-Apr-74 Open Wheel Suzuka Circuit Unknown Crashed into a guard rail
119 Pete O'Shea (IRL) 13-Aug-11 Open Wheel Castle Combe Circuit Castle Combe August Cup Heart Attack
120 Jim Packard (USA) 1-Oct-60 Midget Fairfield Unknown Steering broke, car flipped over a wall and hit a tree
121 Don Padia (USA) 16-Sep-51 Midget Englewood Speedway Unknown Locked wheels with another driver and flipped into a parking lot
122 Riccardo Paletti (ITA) 13-Jun-82 Open Wheel Montreal 1982 Canadian Grand Prix Crashed into the stalled car of Didier Pironi and caught fire
123 Carlo Pedrazzini (SWI) 22-Apr-34 Open Wheel Circuito Pietro Bordino Circuito di Alessandria Gran Premio Pietro Bordino Crashed into a parapet on a bridge, somersaulted, hit a wall and he was thrown out
124 Ronnie Peterson (SWE) 10-Sep-78 Open Wheel Monza 1978 Italian Grand Prix Hit by the car of James Hunt, spun into a wall and caught fire: died of a fat embolism the next day
125 Art Pollard (USA) 12-May-73 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway International Motor Speedway Crash
126 Tom Pryce (WAL) 5-Mar-77 Open Wheel Kyalami 1977 South African Grand Prix Hit in the head by a fire extinguisher
127 Ian Raby (ENG) 30-Jul-67 Open Wheel Circuit Park Zandvoort Grote Prijs van Zandvoort Crash
128 Paul Rademacher (USA) 4-Jul-69 Midget Waukegan Speedway Unknown Smashed against a concrete wall, flipped and skidded on the track for 50 feet
129 Roland Ratzenberger (AUT) 30-Apr-94 Open Wheel Imola 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Crashed into the wall head on due to a front wing failure
130 Jimmy Reece (USA) 28-Sep-58 Open Wheel Trenton Speedway Trenton 100 Touched a dirt part of the track, went up the track, hit a fence and was thrown out
131 Lionel Régal (FRA) 15-Aug-10 Open Wheel Saint-Ursanne – Les Rangiers 67ème Course de Côte Internationale Saint-Ursanne – Les Rangiers Slid and crashed into a tree
132 Tony Renna (USA) 22-Oct-03 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway IndyCar Spun, went airborne into the catch fence and disintegrated
133 Peter Revson (USA) 22-Mar-74 Open Wheel Kyalami 1974 South African Grand Prix Lost control, slid, crashed into the barriers and caught fire
134 Red Riegel (USA) 11-Jun-66 Sprint Car Reading Fairgrounds Unknown Crashed into the car of Jud Larson and both cars flipped over a wall
135 Jochen Rindt (GER) 5-Sep-70 Open Wheel Monza 1970 Italian Grand Prix Right front brakeshaft broke apart, causing the car to veer left and hit the guardrail: the nose went under the guardrail and he was pulled into the cockpit
136 Floyd Roberts (USA) 30-May-39 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Crash
137 George Robson (ENG) 2-Sep-46 Open Wheel Lakewood Speedway Atlanta 100-Mile National Championship Auto Race Crash
138 Chuck Rodee (USA) 14-May-66 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1966 International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Crash
139 Gonzalo Rodríguez (URU) 11-Sep-99 Open Wheel Laguna Seca Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Crash
140 Ricardo Rodríguez (MEX) 1-Nov-62 Open Wheel Magdalena Mixchuca 1962 Mexican Grand Prix Crash
141 Peter Ryan (USA) 1-Jul-62 Open Wheel Reims Coupe Internationale de Vitesse des Juniors Crash
142 Eddie Sachs (USA) 30-May-64 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1964 Indianapolis 500 Crashed into the flaming car of Dave MacDonald and caught fire
143 Sergio Santander (CHI) 26-Sep-87 Open Wheel Las Vizcachas Round 8 of the 1987 Chilean Formula 3 Championship Crashed into another car, both veered off the track and hit the inside pit wall
144 Swede Savage (USA) 30-May-73 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1973 Indianapolis 500 Car veered off of track, hit wall and caught fire: died in hospital 33 days later from kidney infection
145 Harry Schell (USA) 13-May-60 Open Wheel Silverstone 1960 BRDC International Trophy Car got sideways in the mud, flipped over, slid through a safety barrier and hit a wall of breeze blocks, which fell on the car
146 Bill Schindler (USA) 20-Sep-52 Open Wheel Allentown Fairgrounds Unknown Hit a loose wheel from another car, crashed through a fence, went down an embankment and crashed into a ticket booth
147 Jo Schlesser (FRA) 7-Jul-68 Open Wheel Rouen-Les-Essarts 1968 French Grand Prix Lost control of the car, slammed into an embankment, flipped and burst into flames
148 Richard Seaman (GBR) 25-Jun-39 Open Wheel Spa-Francorchamps 1939 Belgian Grand Prix Went off the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire
149 Ayrton Senna (BRA) 1-May-94 Open Wheel Imola 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Struck by debris after crash
150 Neil Shanahan (IRE) 31-May-99 Open Wheel Oulton Park Round 5 of the 1999 British Formula Ford Zetec Championship Crash
151 Jo Siffert (SWI) 24-Oct-71 Open Wheel Brands Hatch 1971 World Championship Victory Race Crash
152 Gordon Smiley (USA) 15-May-82 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1982 Indianapolis 500 Crash
153 Raymond Sommer (FRA) 10-Sep-50 Open Wheel Cadours Grand Prix de l'Haute Garonne Crash
154 Lester Spangler (USA) 30-Mar-33 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1933 Indianapolis 500 Crash
155 Mike Spence (GBR) 7-May-68 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1968 Indianapolis 500 Crash
156 Alan Stacey (GBR) 19-Jun-60 Open Wheel Spa-Francorchamps 1960 Belgian Grand Prix Crash
157 Robbie Stanley (USA) 26-May-94 Sprint Car Winchester Speedway Unknown Crash
158 Max Stewart (AUS) 19-Mar-77 Open Wheel Calder Park Raceway Calder F5000 race Crash
159 Tom Stewart (USA) 5-Jul-80 Open Wheel Lime Rock Park Unknown Crash
160 Henry Surtees (GBR) 19-Jul-09 Open Wheel Brands Hatch Round 7 & 8 of the FIA Formula Two Championship Hit in the head by an untethered wheel causing severe head injuries
161 Bob Sweikert (USA) 17-Jun-56 Sprint Car Salem Speedway Unknown Crash
162 Dennis Taylor (ENG) 2-Jun-62 Open Wheel Circuit de Monaco IV Grand Prix de Monaco Junior Skidded, crashed into a tree and bounced off a barrier coming out of the tunnel
163 John Taylor (ENG) 7-Aug-66 Open Wheel Nurburgring 1966 German Grand Prix Ran into the back of Jacky Ickx's car, crashed and caught fire
164 Marshall Teague (USA) 11-Feb-59 Open Wheel Daytona Speedway IndyCar Crashed into wall, flipped and he was thrown out still attached to the seat
165 Tommy Thompson 23-Sep-78 Open wheel Trenton International Speedway IndyCar Crashed into a wall with John Barringer. Thompson succumbed to his injuries on 28 September 1978, Barringer made a full recovery.
166 Václav Uher (CZE) 24-Sep-49 Open Wheel Brno Velká Cena Československa Crash
167 Jerry Unser, Jr. (USA) 17-May-59 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1959 Indianapolis 500 Crashed in Turn 4 and died of injuries and burns
168 Ants Vaino (RUS) 30-May-71 Open wheel Borovaya USSR Championship, round 1 Crash
169 Roy Valentine (USA) 25-Jun-50 Sprint car Mendota Fairgrounds Unknown Lost control in a curve, hit another car, went over a fence and crashed into a tree
170 Achille Varzi (ITA) 1-Jul-48 Open Wheel Bremgarten 1948 Swiss Grand Prix Lost control, hit a barrier and flipped
171 Mathieu Vidal (FRA) 18-Sep-00 Open Wheel Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Unknown Crashed into the barriers
172 Gilles Villeneuve (CAN) 8-May-82 Open Wheel Zolder 1982 Belgian Grand Prix Crashed into the car of Jochen Mass, barrel-rolled and was thrown out
173 Rich Vogler (USA) 21-Jul-90 Sprint Car Salem Speedway ESPN Thunder Hit another car and crashed into a fence
174 Wolfgang Von Trips (GER) 10-Sep-61 Open Wheel Monza 1961 Italian Grand Prix Car went sideways, went up a hill, flipped and he was thrown out
175 Bill Vukovich (USA) 30-May-55 Open Wheel Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1955 Indianapolis 500 Hit by the car of Johnny Boyd, went over the back wall and hit a civilian car
176 Paul Warwick (UK) 21-Jul-91 Open Wheel Oulton Park Gold Cup Steering locked, crashed into the barriers and was thrown out
177 Barry Westmoreland (GBR) 13-Apr-08 Open wheel Cadwell Park Unknown Heart attack
178 Dan Wheldon (UK) 16-Oct-11 Open Wheel Las Vegas Motor Speedway IZOD IndyCar World Championship Involved in a 15 car crash on the 11th lap of the final race of the season. Wheldon's car was launched into the air and impacted the catch fencing cockpit first, causing fatal head injuries. The race was abandoned after news of Wheldon's death was announced.
179 Howdy Wilcox (USA) 4-Sep-23 Open Wheel Altoona Speedway Altoona 200 Mile Race Crash
180 Roger Williamson (UK) 29-Aug-73 Open Wheel Circuit Park Zandvoort 1973 Dutch Grand Prix Asphyxiation from fire and smoke from crash
181 Justin Wilson (UK) 24-Aug-15 Open Wheel Pocono Raceway ABC Supply 500 Struck in the head by debris from the crashed car of Sage Karam
182 Jean-Pierre Wimille (FRA) 28-Jan-49 Open Wheel Palermo Gren Permio General Perón Crash
183 Adam Wyllie (SCO) 16-Jul-65 Open Wheel Dunboyne Leinster Trophy Hit by another car, struck an electricity transmission ESB pole and somersaulted into a field
184 Aray Xavier (BRA) 5-Apr-87 Open Wheel Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit Champion of Snetterton FF1600 series Hit by another car and flipped onto barriers upside down
185 Floyd Yaeger (USA) 29-Jul-60 Sprint car Scotland County Speedway Unknown Went over a bank, plunger over and rolled
186 Takahashi Yokoyama (JPN) 19-Oct-97 Open Wheel Fuji Speedway 1997 Japanese Formula 3 Championship Crashed into another car, went airborne and hit the gantry carrying a signboard
187 Louis Zborowski (POL) 19-Oct-24 Open Wheel Monza 1924 Italian Grand Prix Went off the road and crashed into a tree
188 Paolo Zuccarelli (ITA) 13-Jun-13 Open Wheel Amiens 1913 French Grand Prix Crashed into a horse cart and was thrown out

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