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Friday, August 29, 2008

Phil Hill 1927-2008

American Phil Hill, 1961 Formula One World Champion, has died. He was 81.

U.S.-born Hill and Mario Andretti hold the distiction of being the only Americans to win the world championship.

In addition to his Formula One title, he won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring three times. He was also the first man to lap the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring in less than nine minutes, and remarkably won the first and last races of his driving career.

In retirement, Hill collected and restored vintage cars, worked as a commentator for ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and was a contributing editor to Road & Track magazine.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. 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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