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Which country banned motor racing from 1958 to 2007?
Switzerland. In 1958 motor racing was banned by the Swiss government as an unsafe spectator sport following the death of 80 people at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The Swiss Grand Prix was held in 1975 and 1982 in France. The ban continued until 2007.
Which country did these silver sport cars represent?
Germany. For decades until the introduction of sponsorship liveries, each country had its traditional color in automobile racing. Italian race cars were red (still used by Ferrari), British ones green, and French blue. Today, Mercedes-Benz Formula One cars are also silver.
A tragic car accident happened during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race. How many people died?
84. The Le Mans Disaster was the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history. 83 spectators and driver Pierre Levegh were killed, whilst 120 more were injured. The death of the spectators was blamed on inadequate safety standards for track design.
A tragic disaster occurred during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race. The leading Mercedes flung into the crowd, killing 83 spectators. Who won the race?
Hawthorn/Bueb of Jaguar. Despite death of 83 spectators and 120 injured, the race was continued. Eight hours after the accident, while leading the race, the Mercedes team withdrew their cars. Mercedes invited Jaguar to also retire, but they declined.
What does 500 stand for in "Indianapolis 500"?
500 miles. The circuit is 2,5 mile long, so it takes 200 laps to complete the 500 mile race.
Which Formula 1 driver is known for his emotionless style and dislike of giving media interviews?
Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen frequently answers questions in a blunt and monosyllabic manner. When asked "The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?", Kimi replies "It protects my head."
What nationality is Ivan Mauger, 6 times Speedway World Championship winner?
New Zealander. Ivan Mauger is a retired motorcycle speedway rider from New Zealand. He won a record six World Championships, a feat equalled only by Tony Rickardsson of Sweden.
How many drivers are there for each car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race?
Three. Until the 1980s, there were teams in which only two drivers competed. By the end of the decade, the rules were changed to stipulate that at least three drivers must drive each car, for safety reasons.
Which single track race is the longest in terms of distance?
Le Mans 24h. Over the 24 hour period of Le Mans endurance race, modern competitors will complete race distances well over 5,000 km (3,110 mi). It is a distance over six times longer than the Indianapolis 500, or approximately 18 times longer than a Formula One Grand Prix.