Chris Amon


Retired Formula 1 driver Chris Amon died recently after a long battle with cancer, according to several reports. He was 73.

Amon was a New Zealand native known in the United States for winning the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT40 and, the following year, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona (currently known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona) with fellow racer Lorenzo Bandini in a Ferrari 330 P4.

From 1963 to 1976, Amon started 96 Formula 1 races for Ferrari and Matra. He won five poles and stood on the podium 11 times.

Amon retired in 1977, returning to New Zealand.

You can read more about his life in this article from Motorsport.