TOP 10: the most tragic deaths in motorsport history

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Everyone knows that professional race car driving is a deadly sport. RacingLifeNews.com decided to remind you the most talented motorsport drivers who left this world too soon.

Dale Earnhardt

Age: 49

Cause of death: basilar skull frature sustained in racing accident

“the winner ain’t the one with the fastest car. it’s the one who refuses to lose”, Dale Earnhardt

Alan Kulwicki

Age: 38

Cause of death: airplane crash

“if you don’t believe, you don’t belong”, alan kulwicki.

Ayrton Senna

Age: 34

Cause of death: head trauma

“if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver”, Ayrton senna.

Dan Wheldon

Age: 33

Cause of death: head trauma

The last thing I want my child to see is Dad running around in the middle of the pack. That would really upset me. And that would upset him. I would be embarrassed to take him to school with kids saying, ‘Hey, how’d your dad do this weekend?’ ‘Well, he finished fifth or sixth”, dan wheldon.

Pierre Levegh

Age: 49

Cause of death: head trauma

Gilles Villeneuve

Age: 32

Cause of death: a fracture in neck

“i WILL DRIVE FLAT OUT ALL THE TIME…i LOVE RACING”, gILLES VILLENEUVE.

Mark Donohue

Age: 38

Cause of death: brain injuries

“IF YOU CAN LEAVE TWO BLACK STRIPES FROM THE EXIT OF ONE CORNER TO THE BRAKING ZONE OF THE NEXT, YOU HAVE ENOUGH HORSEPOWER”, mARK DONOHUE.

Adam Petty

Age: 19

Cause of death: basilar skull fracture

“My gRANDFATHER IS THE KING, MY DAD’S THE PRINCE, I GUESS THAT MAKES ME THE BUTLER”, aDAM PETTY.

Eddie Sachs

Age: 37

Cause of death: blunt force trauma

“If you can’t win, be spectacular.”, Eddie sachs.

Scott Kalitta

Age: 46

Cause of death: multiple blunt trauma injuries

“Having the last name “kalitta” didn’t make me a racer, but it definetely makes me want to be a winner”, scott kalitta.

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