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Born on this day (25th - March)

Washington Roebling

1881 - 1912


Karl von Waldthausen

1907 - 1933


1911 - 1988


Breno Fornari

1925


Don Freeland

1925 - 2007


Fritz d'Orey

1938


Tom Weickardt

1947


Butch Lindley

1948 - 1990


Giniel de Villiers

1972


Danica Sue Patrick

1982



Died on this day (25th - March)

Billy Cotton

1899 - 1969


Juan Gaudino

1893 - 1975



Alfredo Melandri
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ITALY

Born
11 / 10 / 1973
Died
2 / 3 / 1998
Alfredo Melandri was a promising Italian racing driver. He was just starting his second season in Italian F3 when he had a fatal crash at Mugello.

Alfredo Melandri came for a wealty family. He started racing in karts before moving to cars with the Italian Renault Clio Cup. He made his single seater debut in 1996 in a Dallara 396-Fiat Abarth for team Assosport in the Italian F3 Championship, finishing 10th that year.

In 1997 he moved to Team Prema with André Couto as team-mate. Melandri finished 6th in the Championship. Staying in F3 for another year in 1998, he signed for team RC Motorsport.

During an F3 test at Mugello on the 2nd March, the brakes apparently failed on Melandri's Dallara 398-Opel and he crashed at San Donato, at the end of the start-finish straight, at speed of about 250 km/h. The car crossed the sand trap and crashed into the barrier, completely destroying the front of the nose and the cockpit. Melandri's helmet was crushed and he sustained severe head and back injuries. He was taken to hospital in Firenze in a coma where he died seven days later.

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