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Born on this day (27th - March)

Louis LeCocq

1892 - 1919


Cale Yarborough

1939


Garcia Veiga

1945


Didier de Radigu├Ęs

1958


Mark Lovell

1960 - 2003


Parker Johnstone

1961


Gregor Foitek

1965


David Coulthard

1971



Died on this day (27th - March)

Tom Alley

1889 - 1953


Heinz Schiller

1930 - 2007



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.