Up until today, the last death to occur at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race was Jo Gartner's 1986 wreck at the barriers on the Mulsanne Straight. The past 27 years without a death (excluding Sébastien Enjolras' crash during practice in 1997) is the longest in the race's history . That streak has been broken with the tragic death of 34-year-old Allan Simonsen.
Simonsen was coming into the Tertre Rouge corner when he spun out and skidded into the barrier. The Dane died at the hospital because of the injuries he sustained. Simonsen was driving a No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage. Aston Martin Racing opted to continue the race at the request of Simonsen's family.
Our thoughts go out to his friends, family, and teammates.
[via Yahoo! Sports]