Phil Hill, the only American-born driver to win a Formula One title, passed away last night of complications associated with Parkinson's disease at the age of 81. Aside from his success with
during the 1961 season, Hill was also the first American to win at the 24 hours of
, taking the title twice more and winning the 12-hours of
Described by friends and colleagues as reserved and genteel, Hill was a breath of fresh air in the international racing scene and finally inducted into the International Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1991.
He is survived by his wife Alma, son, two daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom have our heartfelt condolences.