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 Ferrari
in F1 during the 1961 season, Hill was also the first American to win at the 24 hours of Le Mans
, taking the title twice more and winning the 12-hours of Sebring
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.