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Born on this day (23rd - April)

1851 - 1898


Wilhelm Werner

1874 - 1947


Bob Burman

1884 - 1916


1932


Dick Atkins

1936 - 1966


Larry Rice

1946 - 2009


Mike Smith

1955 - 2014


Mike Ciochetti

1959


Pierluigi Martini

1961


Chris Kneifel

1961


Paul Belmondo

1963


Parnelli Jones Jr

1969


Thiago Marques

1980



Died on this day (23rd - April)

1892 - 1948


1912 - 1950


Dempsey Wilson

1927 - 1971


Alfred Ethelbert Moss

1896 - 1972



Bill Simpson
Bill Simpson
UNITED STATES

Born
14 / 3 / 1940
Bill Simpson has protected and saved hundreds of racing drivers through his fire proof suits, helmets and safety devices.

Bill Simpson has probably saved more people's lives and protected more limbs in racing than anybody. Years ago, he set himself on fire to prove the racing suit he designed would protect drivers from their biggest fear. He believed in his products that much.

In July 2001, Simpson resigned from the company he founded after a NASCAR investigation claimed the failure of a Simpson seat belt contributed to the death of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt.

Simpson received death threats. Bullets were shot into his home in Charlotte, N.C. His tires were slashed.

Simpson is back in business designing helmets and safety harnesses. His new company is called Bill Simpson's Impact Racing.