Join        Login             Stock Quote

Le Mans pioneer John Fitch dead at 95

Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:42 PM

LAKEVILLE, Conn., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Former race car driver John Fitch, who was among the early stars of the Le Mans endurance race, has died in Connecticut, his son said. He was 95.

Stephen Fitch said his father suffered from cancer and respiratory disease and died Wednesday at his Lakeville home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Indianapolis native was drawn to the challenging twists and turns of European race courses in the 1950s and 1960s, and made his name as a part of the Mercedes-Benz teams that included Sterling Moss and Juan Manuel Fagio.

Fitch was on the Mercedes team involved in a horrific crash into the grandstands during the 1955 24 Hours at Le Mans race. He was on the sidelines when teammate Pierre Leveigh and 80 spectators were killed.

The Times said the disaster prompted Fitch to become interested in improving the safety of racing. He went on to obtain several patents for innovations such as soft walls and sliding barriers.

Fitch, who had been a U.S. fighter pilot in World War II, said in 2003 his focus on safety was payback for a career that included "fatal events" in combat and behind the wheel.

(Source: UPI )
(Source: Quotemedia)


Fundamental data is provided by Zacks Investment Research, and Commentary, news and Press Releases provided by YellowBrix and Quotemedia.
All information provided "as is" for informational purposes only, not intended for trading purposes or advice. iStockAnalyst.com is not an investment adviser and does not provide, endorse or review any information or data contained herein.
The blog articles are opinions by respective blogger. By using this site you are agreeing to terms and conditions posted on respective bloggers' website.
The postings/comments on the site may or may not be from reliable sources. Neither iStockAnalyst nor any of its independent providers is liable for any informational errors, incompleteness, or delays, or for any actions taken in reliance on information contained herein. You are solely responsible for the investment decisions made by you and the consequences resulting therefrom. By accessing the iStockAnalyst.com site, you agree not to redistribute the information found therein.
The sector scan is based on 15-30 minutes delayed data. The Pattern scan is based on EOD data.