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06-17-2003 04:55 PM #1
Fatality at LRP
Hate to raise the topic, but anyone know the details. I run at LRP pretty regularly (two days this month and one day next month). And, while I don't dwell on the dangers, it is good to understand where mistakes have been made.
If anyone knew the driver, my condolences.
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06-18-2003 09:19 AM #2
06-18-2003 11:12 AM #3
Just heard scattered details that it was during the SCCA event this past friday, and that a 68 year old driver had been killed after striking a barrier at LRP. Very sad. As a frequent driver at LRP, my condolences to the friends and family.
Reality is that people die in golf, tennis and all other sports. Still, it is a sad thing when it happens.
I will be running at LRP this Friday with SCDA.
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06-18-2003 12:22 PM #4
06-18-2003 03:39 PM #5
Info from the SCCA website
SCCA DRIVER FATALITY; GEORGE L. SMITH INVOLVED IN SINGLE-CAR INCIDENT AT LIME ROCK PARK
TOPEKA, Kan. (June 16, 2002) – George L. Smith, 68, of Troy, N.Y., was pronounced dead Saturday at Sharon Hospital (Sharon, Conn.) following a single-car incident at Lime Rock Park during a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)-sanctioned Club Racing Regional event. The cause of death is pending outcome of the autopsy.
Smith’s GT-1 class car failed to navigate the corner known as the “Uphill” at the 1.53-mile Lime Rock Park road course in Lakeville, Conn. A medical condition is not being ruled out as the cause of the accident.
Smith was a veteran racer, first earning his SCCA competition license in the early 1970s. Through the next three-plus decades, he competed in American Sedan, formula, production and GT category classes and made two starts in the Trans-Am Series in 1989.
Smith is survived by wife Karen and his three children.
06-20-2003 04:38 AM #6
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