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Born on this day (30th - March)

Manuel de Teffé

1905 - 1967


Rudolf Krause

1907 - 1987


Peter Hirt

1910 - 1992


Robert O'Brien

1922 - 1997


1934


Eddie Jordan

1948


Mike Thackwell

1961


Stéphane Ortelli

1970


Fabrizio de Simone

1971


Chris Trickle

1972 - 1998



Died on this day (30th - March)

Lucien Bianchi

1934 - 1969


Yves Giraud-Cabantous

1904 - 1973


Bill Hamilton

1899 - 1978


Kenneth Douglas Evans

1912 - 1985


David Leslie

1953 - 2008


Richard Lloyd

1945 - 2008


Jackie Pretorius

1934 - 2009



Mark Donohue
Mark Donohue
UNITED STATES

Born
18 / 3 / 1937
Died
19 / 8 / 1975
Donohue had a gentle personality which belied his forceful, yet precise style behind the wheel. He won the Can-Am sportscar championship in a Porsche turbo and the Indy 500 in a McLaren, both of which were owned by his longtime friend and mentor Roger Penske. He made his F1 debut in the 1971 Canadian Grand Prix, driving a Penske-owned McLaren, in which he finished third. Duly encouraged, when Penske decided to move Penske Racing into F1 at the end of the 1974 World Championship season, it seemed inconceivable that anyone apart from Mark would be hired to drive the car, even though he was old at 37 to be driving in F1. Penske started in F1 with his own car, but switched to a March 751 in the middle of the '75 season. It was in this car that Donohue crashed heavily following a tire failure in the race morning warm-up for the Austrian Grand Prix. It initially seemed he was only lightly injured, but he died three days later from severe brain injuries.




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