on the tragedy::
Fellow historic racers:
I have removed the image of the crashed Nissan as I suspect none
of us can bear to look at it any longer. I remain, however, committed
to seeing some positive change come about as a result of this
This incident occurred as another driver attempted to pass Bob
during the Thursday test day in a mixed and crowded session on
a section of track with no margin for error. The result was the
death of one of motor racing's true gentlemen; a loving husband,
father, grandfather and mentor to many. It also brought about
the destruction of an irreplaceable piece of IMSA history.
In historic racing, we must constantly remind ourselves and our
compatriots that we are not racing as professionals but as caretakers
of wonderful machines and participants in a celebration of a glorious
era gone by. It does not at all matter who wins or who loses.
There are a number of venues for aggressive, go-for-broke, wheel-to-wheel
competition. Historic racing does not need to be one of them.
Let us all pray for Bob, Ellen, and the entire Akin family.
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