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Old 03-17-2001, 04:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bob Wollek died

don't know if this has been posted before..but i found out about it just now and am in shock.. he died on highway 98 while riding his bike
here is what i got sent to me \/

SEBRING, Fla. (March 16, 2001) -- French sports car racer Bob Wollek, 58, died Friday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle near Sebring International Raceway.
Wollek was to compete in Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring sports car endurance race, an event he won in 1985.

Wollek was riding west on Highway 98 when he was struck from behind at approximately 4:30 p.m. He was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring and was pronounced dead.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Born in Strasbourg, France, “Brilliant Bob” had won just about all the major endurance events there were to win in the world of sports car racing - and all in Porsches. Having raced for more than 25 years, Wollek’s titles included 2 class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; four overall wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona; and a class win and an overall victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring. He had won the world Porsche Cup seven times - more than any other Porsche driver in history. During the nine-year period between 1982 and 1991, Bob was a four time overall winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona in factory Porsche 962.

In 2000, he won the American Le Mans Series events at Charlotte, Silverstone, Portland, Las Vegas, and Petit Le Mans. This year, he had driven at the 24 Hours of Daytona, where he co-drove in a Lola/Porsche which did not finish the event, and in the ALMS race at Texas, where he finished fourth.

"We are deeply saddened by this terrible news," said Scott Atherton, President and COO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group, which includes the American Le Mans Series and Sebring International Raceway. "Our immediate thoughts are with Bob’s family, as well as all of his teammates and friends at Porsche and his many fans throughout the world. He has been an icon in sports car racing for two decades and his accomplishments behind the wheel are legendary. It is a very sad day for motorsports."

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Old 03-17-2001, 04:23 PM   #2
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I can't believe it...

I can't believe how it happened...

Godspeed Mr. Wolleck...
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Old 03-17-2001, 08:35 PM   #3
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I heard about it, and I was so bummed. I have the die-cast of the car he drove last at Le Mans
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Old 03-18-2001, 06:19 AM   #4
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Man, that's truly sad. What a bad way to go when you've spent your life doing something that has the risk of motorsports.

RIP Bob
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Old 03-18-2001, 01:30 PM   #5
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Just got back from a weekend driving on track to hear this news. Very, very sad.

"Brilliant Bob" will be missed greatly, yet another legend to be lost to motorsport fans.

Some comfort can be taken from the fact that Bob lived his dreams whilst with us, he was a truly brilliant sports car driver who was hugely respected.

May he rest in piece.
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Old 03-19-2001, 09:14 AM   #6
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The racing community has been struck this past year with an unusually high number of tragedies. Last year a corner worker was killed during an F1 accident in which the driver emerged unscathed. NASCAR suffered the death of one of its greats in the loss of Dale Sr. Another corner worker lost his life during Jacques Villeneuve's accident in what I believe was the first race of this F1 season. Now the tragedy with Wollek at Sebring has been added to the list.
It saddens my heart that the people who give their lives to the sport, so often give their lives for the sport.
Racing is a dangerous sport, and no one has ever claimed that it wasn't. My only hopes are that those who lost their lives truly felt there was "no better way to go", and that these occurences help us to not only make the sport safer without ruining it, but also to appreciate the human sacrifices made in the name of the race, even though those sacrifices recently have extended beyond time and effort.

May all those who have lost their lives to the hobby they love rest in peace.
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Old 03-20-2001, 08:25 PM   #7
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Bob was trully an incredible driver, when you watched him on the track it looked like he was going so slow until you looked at the lap times. I worked on a pit crew for conrad motorsports that had bob as the co driver, he had just had knee surgury and could barley walk but he still took third in class and first porsche across the line, he was a very nice person and will be missed by all in sports car racing.
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