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Robert la Caze 1917

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Robert La Caze participated in races and rallies mainly in North Africa though he did compete at Le Mans in 1957. He drove in one Grand Prix, the Moroccan GP in 1958, finishing 3rd in the F2 class.

Bobby Labonte 1964

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Bobby Labonte is a NASCAR driver, currently racing in the Nextel Cup and Busch Series. He is currently the only driver to win both the NASCAR Winston Cup championship (2000) and the NASCAR Busch Series championship (1991). He also won the IROC title in 2001.

Terry Labonte 1956

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Terry Labonte is a retired NASCAR driver who occasionally drives in the Sprint Cup Series when called upon.

Jacques Laffite 1943

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Laffite competed in Formula One from 1974 to 1986. He raced in 176 GPs, scoring 6 victories, 7 pole positions, 6 fastest laps for a total of 228 points.

Jean-Louis Lafosse 1941 - 1981

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Lafosse was a hands-on and talented driver and left his mark in single seaters as well as prototypes, and touring cars. He died at Le Mans when his Rondeau crashed on the Mulsanne Straight.

Franck Lagorce 1968

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After winning the French Junior Karting Championship at just 13 he seemed destined for F1. However after winning the French F3 Championship in 1992 and finishing runner up in F3000 in 1994, his F1 career never realy got going. A couple of races with Ligier before joining the ill fated Forti team was...

Hans Laine 1945 - 1970

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Hans Laine began competing in rallies. He made his sportscar debut at the Nurburgring in 1969. he joined AAW for the 1970 sports car season but was killed at the ADAC 1000 km at the Nurburgring when he crashed in practice on the Döttinger Höhe straight after hitting the famous hump on the road near...

Randy LaJoie 1961

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Randy LaJoie won the 1985 NASCAR Busch North Series Championship. Then in 1996 and 1997 he took the Busch Series Title. He became the first Busch Series driver to win $1 million in a single season.

Chris Lambert 1944 - 1968

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Promising driver with a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry, he was runner up in the 1965 British F3 Championship. In 1968 he formed the London Racing Team with future FIA President Max Mosley but was killed in the F2 race at Zandvoort later that year in a controversial accident involving Clay...

Ferruccio Lamborghini 1916 - 1993

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Ferruccio Lamborghini was an Italian industrialist. In 1963, he created Automobili Lamborghini, a maker of high-end sports cars in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

Robs Lamplough 1940

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Robert Robs Lamplough is an aviator, racing driver and collector. He participated in four Formula One non-Championship Grands Prix and also competed in Formula Two. He also competes in historic racing events.

Pedro Lamy 1972

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The first Portuguese driver to score a point in a World Championship event, Pedro Lamy drove in 36 Grand Prix.

Vincenzo Lancia 1881 - 1937

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Vincenzo Lancia was an Italian driver, engineer and the founder of Lancia.

Chico Landi 1907 - 1989

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One of the best drivers from South America, Chico Landi's was the first Brazilian to race in Europe. His driving career lasted nearly 30 years.

Hermann Lang 1909 - 1987

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Hermann Lang was one of the great drivers of the 1930s who, robbed of his best years by the war, emerged as a Grand Prix driver in the 1950s.

Claudio Langes 1960

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Moderatley successful in junior formulae and F3000, in 1990 he drove for EuroBrun in F1 failing to pre-qualify for all 14 of the Grands Prix they entered.

Elmo Langley 1929 - 1996

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Elmo Langley was a driver and team owner in NASCAR. After retiring in 1987 he drove the pace car and it was at the wheel of the pace car that he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1996 at Suzuka in Japan.

Randy Lanier 1954

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Randy Lanier is a former race car driver from Florida in the United States of America. He drove in 18 CART races in 1985 and 1986. Winner of the 1984 IMSA GTP title he was also 1986 Rookie of The Year at Indy. Currently serving a life term without parole in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary for...

Mark Larkham 1963

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Mark Larkham started racing in Formula Ford. In 1994 Mark started a V8 Supercar team and in 1999 took pole position at Bathurst with the fastest qualifying lap ever. Larkham retired from full-time competition at the end of 2003 but continued as team owner.

Alberto Rodriguez Larreta 1934 - 1977

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Larreta was one of the most versatile Argentinian drivers. He drove single seaters, sports and Turismo Carretera cars and is best remembered in his native Argentina for his performance with the Torino in the 1969 Marathon de la Route, an 84 hour endurance race at the Nürburgring where he finished...

Gerard Larrousse 1940

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Gérard Larrousse won the French Rally chanpionship with an Alpine A110 before turning to circuit racing. He participated in two Grands Prix. He won the Sebring 12 hour race and the Nürburgring 1000km in 1971 and Le Mans in 1973 and 1974. He then moved into racing management.

Jud Larson 1923 - 1966

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Jud Larson was a hard-drinking, hard-driving sprint car driver who raced at a time when few drivers survived to retire.

Niki Lauda 1949 - 2019

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Entrepreneur, former Formula 1 racing driver and three-time F1 World Champion was undoubtedly one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.

Gérard Laureau 1920 - 2002

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Arsenio Laurel 1931 - 1967

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A Macau GP specialist 'Dodgie' Laurel won the race back to back in 1962 and 1963. Laurel was killed when he crashed during the race in 1967.

Roger Laurent 1913 - 1997

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Ex-Belgian motorcycle champion who switched to cars and in 1952, drove in two Grands Prix for Ecurie Francorchamps, finishing sixth in the Germany.

Christian Lautenschlager 1877 - 1954

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Mercedes test driver who raced a couple of times for the works team winning the French Grand Prix in 1908 and 1914. He raced at Indy in 1923 but crashed out on lap 14.

Chris Lawrence 1933 - 2011

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A club driver from the late fifties in MGs and particularly Morgans, with which he clocked up some modest triumphs, Lawrence ran a London engine-tuning business, and became involved in the ill-fated Deep-Sanderson sports car project of 1963-64.

Dean Layfield 1919 - 1961

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The most famous of the seven brother that raced in the 1950s and early 60s. He was killed in a freak accident at Wyoming County Intermational Speedway.

Buddy Lazier 1967

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Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500 in 1996 and took the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Championship in 2000.

Anthony Lazzaro 1963

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He is a NASCAR and sports car driver often brought in to race on the NASCAR road courses, however he has made other starts in the NEXTEL Cup on oval tracks and has single seater experience.

René Le Bègue 1914 - 1946

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Le Bègue was a French racing driver who competed in Rallies and circuit races. A works Talbot driver, he won a number of races including the Monte Carlo Rally and the Coupe de Vitesse at Monthléry in 1937 and the 1938 Grand Prix du Comminges. He raced at Indy before the war but was killed in 1946...

Fred Lecklider 1895 - 1964

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Primarily a dirt track driver, Lecklider raced in the Indy 500 three times, twice, 1926 and 1927, having qualified and once, in 1930, as relief for Leslie Allen.

Michel Leclere 1946

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Louis LeCocq 1892 - 1919

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LeCocq worked for the Duesenberg brothers and started racing as a riding mechanic in 1914 for Ralph Mulford. He switched to driving in 1918 but was killed the following year at Indy when a tire burst pitching them into the wall.

Neville Lederle 1938

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Regarded as one of his country's outstanding prospects, Lederle made an immediate impression on South African racing with his Lotus 18 late in 1961. This promise was confirmed the following year, when he finished sixth in the South African GP to score a point in his only Grand Prix start.

Christian Ledesma 1976

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Christian Ledesma is an Argentine racing driver. He races in Turismo Carretera and won the Championship in 2007. He also won the TC2000 title in 2004.

Jacques Edouard Ledure 1893 - 1948

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Jacques Ledure raced between the World Wars winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1924. He died in a crash at the Grand Prix des Frontières at Chimay while serving as Clerk of the Course.

Vic Lee 1953

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Vic Lee is most famous for running BMWs and Peugeots in the British Touring Car Championship which they won in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He is also infamous for his drug-related convictions.

Richard Lee 1919 - 2003

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Geoff Lees 1951

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After domination Formula Ford in the UK in 1975, Lees went on to win the 1981 European Formula 2 Championship. He had occasional Formula 1 outings but never found a regular drive with a top team.. He later built a successful career in Japan.

Jason Leffler 1975

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Leffler won 3 consecutive Midget championships from 1997 to 1999. He now races in NASCAR.

Arthur Legat 1898 - 1960

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A Belgian garage owner who raced almost exclusively at Chimay. He entered the Belgian Grand Prix in 1952 and 1953 and became the oldest driver to debut in a Grand Prix at the age of 53 years, 7 months and 21 days.

Marcel Lehoux 1888 - 1936

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Lehoux was was born at Blois, South of Le Mans, France, though he lived in Algeria. He became a works ERA Voiturette driver 1936 and was killed later that year at the wheel of R3B at the Grand Prix de Deauville.

Bas Leinders 1975

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Butch Leitzinger 1969

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Butch has driven and won in everthing from off-road trucks to NASCAR Winston Cup and sports prototypes. Racing in IMSA, SCCA and Grand-Am, he won the World Sports Car Championship in 1997 and 1998 for Dyson Racing.

Patrick Lemarié 1968

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French racing driver who had a testing contract for BAR for four years but never got to race in F1. Raced in Indy cars in 2003 but was dropped after six races.

David Leslie 1953 - 2008

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Sports Car and British Touring Car Championship driver. At le Mans he finished second in class in both 1987 and 1988. He also finished runner up in the BTCC in 1999. David died when the private plane in which he was traveling crashed shortly after take off. All five people onboard perished including...

Les Leston 1920

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Les Leston began racing with his SS100 in 1949 after which he turned to F3 in 1950, winning the british Championship in 1953. He participated in 3 Grand Prix. He won the British Saloon Car Championship in 1958 and the British GT Championship in 1961.

Emile Levassor 1843 - 1897

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Levassor won the first proper motor race in history and also laid out what became the normal layout for all the automobile designers who followed him.

Pierre Levegh 1905 - 1955

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French sportsman, mainly remembered for a disaster that killed him and around 80 spectators during the Le Mans 24 hours automobile race in 1955.

Dorothy Levitt 1882 - 1922

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Dorothy Elizabeth Levitt was the first British woman racing driver, holder of the world's first water speed record, the women's world land speed record holder and an author. She was a pioneer of female independence and female motoring and taught Queen Alexandra and the Royal Princesses how to...

Jimmie Lewallen 1919 - 1995

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Jimmie Lewallen was one of NASCAR's earliest pioneers. He finished in the top ten in points standings from 1953 to 1955 and though he isn't credited with any wins in NASCAR, Jimmie did most of his racing in the Modified and Sportsman series, where he won dozens of races.

Jackie Lewis 1936

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Jackie Lewis participated in 10 grands prix, debuting on June 18, 1961. He scored a total of 3 championship points.

Randy Lewis 1945

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American racing driver who started out competing in European F3 before returning to the States to race in Formula 5000, Can Am and Indy Cars.

Brian Lewis 1903 - 1978

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Brian Edmund Lewis, 2nd Baron Essendon known as Bug was a British motor-racing driver, company director, baronet, and peer.

Stuart Lewis-Evans 1930 - 1958

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Stuart Nigel Lewis-Evans participated in 14 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 19 May 1957. He achieved two podiums and scored a total of 16 championship points. He also achieved two pole positions. He was killed at the final round of the 1958 World Championship at Ain-Diab...

Mark Light 1910 - 1975

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Mark Light drove Sprint Cars, Stock Cars and Midgets at tracks mostly around Pennsylvania. He took 34 career wins but failed to qualify for the Indy 50 in his one attempt in 1950

Guy Ligier 1930 - 2015

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Ligier was a Formula One driver who participated in 13 grands prix, debuting on May 22, 1966. He scored 1 championship point. He is however more famous as the founder and owner of the Ligier automobile company which also ran a successful Formula Team in the 70s, 80s and 90s before selling it to...

Michel Ligonnet 1962

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French Racing Driver & Hotelier from Chamonix. Started racing in 1986, mostly in single seaters. Switched to sports cars in the early 1990's.

Ralph Liguori 1926

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Born in New York City, Ralph Liguori raced and won in a career that spanned an amazing 7 decades. He won his last race in 2000 at the age of 74.

Curt Lincoln 1918 - 2005

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Born in Stockholm, he raced hydroplanes before switching to cars in 500cc F3. Finnish and Swedish Tennis Champion, he became a Finnish citizen in 1961. His daughter Nina was married to 1970 World Champion Jochen Rindt.

Dick Linder 1923 - 1959

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Dick Linder won three NASCAR Grand National events in 1950, and was considered to be one of the top drivers of the Eastern United States. He was a resident of Pittsburgh, OH, United States. He had a total of 111 wins at speedways during the 50s.

Nettan Lindgren 1957

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Nettan Lindgren, a feisty female Swedish racing driver well known for her broad experience in various formulae, most notably Swedish Touring Cars. In Britain she is most famous for her contretemps with former F1 driver Jonathon Palmer after he had punted her off the track.

Butch Lindley 1948 - 1990

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Butch Lindley was a well know American racing driver who had an accident that left him in a coma for over five years until he died in the summer of 1990.

Herbert Linge 1928

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Herbert Linge is a former German racing and rally driver. He at Le Mans 15 times and, during his 20 years of racing, took 90 class victories and six international records. In 1957 he took a class win at the Mille Miglia, a class win in the Sebring 12 hour race in 1958 and the GT class victory at the...

Roberto Lippi 1924

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Good sports car driver who raced an OSCA-engined de Tomaso in the Italian Grand Prix in 1961 and 1962.

Deacon Litz 1897 - 1967

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Deacon Litz was from DuBois, Pennsylvania he raced at the Indy 500 12 times between 1928 and 1941 only failing to qualify in 1938 and 1940. His best result was fourth in 1934 in a Miller.

Conny Ljungfeldt 1950

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Swedish F3 Chamion in 1975 and 1976

Pietro Lo Piccolo 1932 - 2007

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One of Italy's top sports car drivers in the 1960s and 1970s, Pietro Lo Piccolo rarely raced outside his native country. Italian 2 Litre Sports Car Champion in 1970, he made eight starts in the Targa Florio, taking a class win in 1969 and a class second in 1970.

Ángel Lo Valvo 1909 - 1978

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Winner of the first ever Turismo Carretera race in 1937. He went on to take the overall title two years later.

Frank Lockhart 1903 - 1928

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Frank Stallworth Lockhart was an American racing driver active in the 1920s, considered by many historians to be a legend in the sport a sort of American Jim Clark. Handsome but shy and uncomfortable with the publicity, during a remarkable but tragically short career, he won...

Carlos Walter Loeffel 1926 - 2000

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Started racing in 1940 but the war intervened. He took up racing again but lost a leg in 1961 in a racing accident. He returned to compete in the Turismo Carretera series finally retiring in 1972.

Lella Lombardi 1943 - 1992

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Lella Lombardi was a female Formula One driver from Italy. She participated in 17 grands prix, debuting on July 20, 1974. She is the only female Formula One driver to date to have scored a top 6 finish in a World Championship race, the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. She later raced sports cars with some...

Ricardo Londono 1949 - 2009

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Ricardo was a much better driver than he is often credited with and though he never actually took part in official qualifying, he could lay claim to being Columbia's first Formual One driver.

Clive Lones 1895 - 1981

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One of the best Morgan three wheel racers pre WWII, after the war he was a pioneer of the 500cc F3 Class.

Ernst Loof 1907 - 1956

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Eight time German Motorcycle Champion before the war, he established Veritas and drove one of his own cars in the German Grand Prix in 1953.

Georg Loos 1943

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Sports car driver and team owner who won many of the major Sports Car races but never Le Mans.

Benedicto Lopes 1904 - 1989

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Mark Lovell 1960 - 2003

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ark Lovell was a British rally driver. He won the 1986 British Rally Championship in a Ford RS200 Group B, the 1987 and 1988 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, the 1988 International Dutch Rally Drivers' Championship and the 2001 SCCA ProRally Drivers' Championship in the United States.

Pete Lovely 1926 - 2011

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Pete Lovely started racing in a track roadster in the late 1940s. In 1955 he won the SCCA 1500cc Championship and was offered a drive by Lotus in Europe. He took a class win in the 12 hour race at Rheims with Innes Ireland, before competing in a few Grand Prix with an ex-works Lotus 49B.

Roger Loyer 1907 - 1988

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One of the top French motocycle riders before the war, after hostilities ceased he continued to ride as well as race cars, driving a private Cisitalia and for Gordini in sports cars and Grand Prix.

Jean Lucas 1917 - 2003

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Started in rallies but switched to sports cars, winning at Spa in 1949 and Montlhery in 1950. Badly injured in the Moroccan GP of 1956, he turned to administrative roles within the sport as well as co-founding the magazine Sport-Auto.

Jean Lucienbonnet 1923 - 1962

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Promising Italian Formula Junior driver who was killed in the XI Gran Premio Pergusa Formula Junior race in 1962.

Klaus Ludwig 1949

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Possibly one of the best drivers to never race in Formula One. Unlike Hans-Joachim Stuck, Rolf Stommelen, Harald Ertl, Hans Heyer and Jochen Mass, Klaus, Ludwig never raced single seaters. He is called König Ludwig for his success with touring cars and in sports car racing.

DeWayne Louis Lund 1929 - 1975

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During his long and varied racing career, Tiny raced in USAC, ARCA and the Pacific Coast Racing Association, as well as the Grand American Series. He won the Grand American Championship three times (1968, 1970 and 1971) and he won the Grand National East Championship in 1973.

Brett Lunger 1945

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Robert Brett Lunger is a former Formula One driver from the USA. A former US marine who served with distinction in Vietnam, his raced mainly privateer cars, which he could well afford as one of the heirs of the DuPont family. He participated in 42 grands prix, debuting on August 17, 1975. He scored...

Frank Luptow 1905 - 1952

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IMCA midget champion 1949, 1950 and 1951. He was killed in a AAA Stock Car race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta.

Giovanni Lurani 1905 - 1995

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Count Lurani was an amateur racing driver, record breaker, a respected writer and journalist, magazine editor, team manager, race organizer and top official in national and international motorsport governing bodies.

Cindi Lux 1962

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Cindi Lux is a professional racing driver and high performance driving instructor. She competes in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. She has also competed in the Petit Le Mans endurance series.

Arie Luyendijk 1953

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Won the Indy 500 twice, he has also won the Daytona 24 hour race and the Sebring 12 hour race.

George Lynch 1918 - 1997

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In a racing career that spanned three decades Lynch completed over 300 races, primarily in open-wheel "midget" and "sprint" cars. He raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 1949. However he crashed into the wall on the first turn of the second lap.

Herbert Lytle 1874 - 1932

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One of the pioneers of American racing, he won a number of races. He took part in the first races ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 and the first Indy 500 in 1911. It was his crash in that race that broke the timing wire that led to the controvercy as to whether Mulford or Harroun...