Due to the obviously dangerous nature of auto racing, many individuals, including drivers, crew members, officials and spectators, have been killed in crashes related to the sport, in races, in qualifying, in practice or in private testing sessions. Deaths among racers and spectators were common in the early years of racing. However advances in safety technology and specifications designed by sanctioning bodies to limit speeds, have reduced deaths in recent years. Spectacular accidents have spurred increased safety measures and even rules changes. The worst motorsport accidents was Pierre Levegh's 1955 crash at Le Mans that killed him and around 80 spectators with over 100 being injured.

This is a list alphabetically sorted, and structured after the kind of competition, of the more notable drivers, excluding motorcycle riders.

The five tracks with the most competitor fatalities
1 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 56
2 Nürburgring 48
3 Monza 30

Daytona International Speedway

Le Mans



Name Date Car Champs. Circuit Event Session Cause
Hector Abate Daga 1958 Mecánia Nacional Fuerza Libre
Elio de Angelis 14 May 1986 Brabham BT55 Formula One Circuit Paul Ricard Testing Mechanical failure
Grant Adcox 1989 Nascar Winston Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway Race
Francis Affleck 1985 ARCA Daytona Practice
Bob Akin 2002 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo Road Atlanta Race
Marcel Albers 1992

British Formula Three

Thruxton Race
Michele Alboreto 2001 Audi R8 EuroSpeedway Lausitz Testing Tire deflation
Blaise Alexander 2001 ARCA Lowe's Motor Speedway Race
George Amick 1959 Daytona International Speedway Race
Bob Anderson 1967 Brabham BT11 Formula One Silverstone Testing
Ove Andersson 2008
Alberto Ascari 1955 Autodromo Nazionale Monza Testing
Antonio Ascari 1925 French Grand Prix Autodrome de Montlhéry
Manny Ayulo 1955 1955 Indianapolis 500




Name Date Car Champs Circuit Event Session Cause
Paul Dana 26 March 2006 Dallara/Honda IndyCar Series Homestad-Miami Speedway Toyota Indy 300 Practice
Jimmy Davies 11 June 1966 Santa Fe Speedway Race
Lex Davison 20 February 1965 Brabham/Climax Tasman Series Sandown Raceway International 100 Practice Heart attack
Patrick Depailler 1 August 1980 Alfa Romeo 179 Formula One Hockenheimring German Grand Prix Testing
Fred DeSarro 8 August 1978 Len Boehler 3 NASCAR Modified Tour Thompson International Speedway Thompson 150 Practice
Mark Donohue 19 August 1975 March 751 Formula One Österreichring Austrian Grand Prix Practice
Ronnie Duman 9 June 1968 USAC Champ Car Milwaukee Mile Red Mays 150 Race
Clive Dunfee 24 September 1932 Bentley Speed Six Brooklands BRDC 500 Miles Race


Name Date Car Champs. Circuit Event Session Cause
Dale Earnhardt 18 February 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Daytona International Speedway 2001 Daytona 500 Race
Sonny Easley 15 January 1978 Grand American Sportsman Series Riverside Raceway 1978 Stock Car Products 300 Practice
Ed Elisian 30 August 1959 Milwaukee Mile
Sébastien Enjolras 3 May 1997 Le Mans 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans Pre-race test
Richie Evans 24 October 1985 Martinsville Raceway


Name Date Car Champs. Circuit Event Session Cause
Luigi Fagioli June 1958 1952 Monaco Grand Prix Practice
Walt Faulkner 22 April 1956 USAC Stock Car Qualifying
Billy Foster 20 January 1967 USAC Stock Car Riverside International Raceway Practice
Rodger Freeth September 1993 Subaru Legacy World Rally Championship Rally Australia Race
Joe Fry 29 July 1950 1950 Blandford Hillclimb Practice
Guido Falaschi 13 November 2011 Ford Falcon Turismo Carretera Autódromo Juan Manuel Fangio Race