2013 24 Hours of Le Mans marred by death of Allan Simonsen

Aston Martin Racing's Allan Simonsen died from injures sustained in a violent, high-speed crash just nine minutes into the iconic motor racing event. The 35-year-old Dane was the first driver to die during the race since 1986.

Legendary race car driver Dan Gurney smiles while signing autographs during an appearance at the Concours d'Elegance historic automobile show in Newport, R.I., Friday, July 27, 2007. In addition to victories in Formula One, Indy cars, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am, Gurney also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with A.J. Foyt as co-drivers in the endurance race. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Racing pioneer Dan Gurney dead from pneumonia complications
Legendary race car driver Dan Gurney smiles while signing autographs during an appearance at the Concours d'Elegance historic automobile show in Newport, R.I., Friday, July 27, 2007. In addition to victories in Formula One, Indy cars, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am, Gurney also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with A.J. Foyt as co-drivers in the endurance race. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
American auto racing legend Dan Gurney won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ford with AJ Foyt in 1967, turning a spray of champagne on his fellow American in celebration in a now traditional victory gesture (AFP Photo/TOUCHARD)
American auto racing legend Dan Gurney won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ford with AJ Foyt in 1967, turning a spray of champagne on his fellow American in celebration in a now traditional victory gesture
American auto racing legend Dan Gurney won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ford with AJ Foyt in 1967, turning a spray of champagne on his fellow American in celebration in a now traditional victory gesture (AFP Photo/TOUCHARD)
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Xavier Caitucoli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Energie, poses during a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Xavier Caitucoli, Chairman and CEO of Direct Energie, poses during a visit at a wind farm in Juille
Xavier Caitucoli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Energie, poses during a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Xavier Caitucoli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Energie, poses during a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Xavier Caitucoli, Chairman and CEO of Direct Energie, poses during a visit at a wind farm in Juille
Xavier Caitucoli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Energie, poses during a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot poses during a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
Sheep are herded at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
A sheep breeder is seen with his sheep at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a photovoltaic power plant in Allonnes near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot is surrounded by journalists as he attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot is surrounded by journalists as he attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot talks to journalists as he attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot talks to journalists as he attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot is surrounded by journalists as he attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot is surrounded by journalists as he attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans
French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot attends a visit at a wind farm in Juille near Le Mans, France January 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker gets over 16 years in prison
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Limoges et Le Mans ne perdent pas le ryhme/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Limoges et Le Mans assurent
Limoges et Le Mans ne perdent pas le ryhme/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Monaco creuse l'écart/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Monaco poursuit sa série, Le Mans redémarre
Monaco creuse l'écart/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Pro racecar driver Tucker accused of not reporting income
FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Limoges domine Le Mans/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Limoges domine Le Mans, Monaco toujours leader
Limoges domine Le Mans/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Number 2 driver Allan McNish of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 23, 2013. The Audi Number 2 was also driven by France's Loic Duval and Denmark's Tom Kristensen. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT) - GM1E96N1Q1601
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Italian rider Valentino Rossi laughs during a press conference in Valencia on November 9, 2017 ahead of the Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. (AFP Photo/PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU)
Motorcycling - Rossi fears retirement, harbours Le Mans dream
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Italian rider Valentino Rossi laughs during a press conference in Valencia on November 9, 2017 ahead of the Valencia MotoGP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit. (AFP Photo/PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU)
The 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works that Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans is displayed during a media preview for the "RM Sotheby's Icons" at Sotheby's in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
The 1954 Jaguar D-type Works that Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans is displayed during a media preview for the "RM Sotheby's Icons" at Sotheby's in New York
The 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works that Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans is displayed during a media preview for the "RM Sotheby's Icons" at Sotheby's in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Basket/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters
Le Mans tombe à Toulon, l'ASVEL surclasse Dijon
Basket/Photo prise le 24 juin 2009/REUTERS/� Ina Fassbender / Reuters

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