Maria De Villota, the 33-year-old, Spanish Formula One driver and current reserve driver for Marussia F1, was found dead in her Seville, Spain hotel room early this morning. Police believe that it was a natural death, although local forensics and homicide units were on the scene to rule out all possibilities, according to a report from BBC Sport.
Tragedy stuck this weekend at the site of the ADAC Rallye Deutschland when a driver and co-driver team from the Netherlands were killed in a crash on Saturday. The incident occurred not in the headline World Rally Championship event, but in a classic support rally.
Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen has died as a result of injuries sustained during a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. According to race officials, the 34-year-old was in serious condition after the accident and was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly thereafter.
Tyler Wolf, 20, of Redding, California, was a budding racecar driver moving up in California's sprint car ranks, but an unfortunate accident in competition took his life on Saturday at Calistoga Speedway. On the third lap of a 30-lap race at the half-mile dirt oval, Wolf's car lost control, veered off the track and collided with the outside retaining wall causing it to flip. According to the report on Chico Enterprise-Record, Wolf was unconscious but alive when paramedics got to the scene of his