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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ove Andersson dies in vintage rally accident

Former Toyota team principal Ove Andersson was killed Wednesday in a head-on collision during a classic rally, grandprix.com reports. He was 70.

The Swede was taking part in the Milligan Vintage Trial in South Africa.

Andersson was a highly successful rally driver in the early 1970s and established his own team, Andersson Motorsport, which would ultimately become Toyota Team Europe. The organization would go on to cement the Japanese automaker's motorsport involvement on the European stage.

Toyota's racing successes, first in rallying, and later at Le Mans, were spearheaded by Andersson.

When Toyota set it's sights on Formula One, it was Andersson the automaker turned to to lead the effort. The team debuted on 2002 with drivers Allan McNish and Mika Salo, and Andersson as team principal.

Andersson relinquished that role in 2003, but in retirement still served as a consultant for Toyota Motorsports. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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