Jeff Krosnoff
2nd placed Mauro Martini, Jeff Krosnoff & Eddie Irvine on the podium at the 1994 Le Mans (31933587856).jpg
Krosnoff, Eddie Irvine and Mauro Martini, runners-up at 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans
NationalityAmerican
BornJeffrey John Krosnoff
(1964-09-24)September 24, 1964
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
DiedJuly 14, 1996(1996-07-14) (aged 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of deathRacing accident
Champ Car career
11 races run over 1 year
Years active1996
Team(s)Arciero-Wells
Best finish35th - 1996
First race1996 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last race1996 Molson Indy Toronto (Exhibition Place)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0

Jeffrey John Krosnoff (September 24, 1964 – July 14, 1996) was an American race car driver. A competitor in the CART PPG Indy Car World Series, he was killed in a racing accident during the 1996 Molson Indy Toronto.

Early life and career

Krosnoff was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up in La Cañada, California, where he attended Flintridge Preparatory School, a private high school. He then attended the University of California, San Diego for one year beginning in September 1982. Afterward, he transferred to UCLA, where he majored in Business. Throughout his college career, Krosnoff was focused on pursuing his dream of professional racecar driving.

Krosnoff competed in Japan in Formula 3000, where he was active from 1989 to 1995. Krosnoff also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans several times, scoring 2nd in 1994. In the 1996 season, he made 11 starts in the CART Champ Car Series, driving a Reynard-Toyota for Arciero-Wells Racing.

Death

On July 14, 1996, with four laps to go in the Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, Krosnoff's car made wheel-to-wheel contact with the car of Stefan Johansson, sending it into the air, over a concrete barrier, and into the catch fencing lining the street course.[1] The fence did not stop the car enough to keep it from hitting a tree which was outside the fence, which turned the car into a light post which was located inside the fence.

The violence of the accident left the car broken in half and sent the cockpit section back across the track. Even though the paramedics were there almost immediately, Krosnoff was already dead after striking the tree and light post. A track official, Gary Avrin, was also killed in the accident when he was struck by the right front wheel of Krosnoff's then-airborne car.[1][2]

Career results

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1991 C2 36 G Jaguar XJR-12
Jaguar 7.4L V12
United Kingdom TWR Suntec Jaguar United Kingdom David Leslie
Italy Mauro Martini
183 DNF DNF
1994 LMP1
/C90
1 D Toyota 94C-V
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
Japan SARD Company Ltd. United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Mauro Martini
343 2nd 1st
1995 GT1 27 D Toyota Supra LM
Toyota 3S-GTE 2.1L Turbo I4
Japan SARD Co. Ltd. Italy Marco Apicella
Italy Mauro Martini
264 14th 8th

Japanese Top Formula Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts
1988 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ FUJ MIN SUZ SUG FUJ SUZ SUZ
13
NC 0
1989 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ FUJ
5
MIN
9
SUZ
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
13
SUZ
9
SUZ
3
12th 6
1990 Suntec Racing SUZ
10
FUJ
Ret
MIN
DNQ
SUZ
3
SUG
10
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
4
SUZ
5
FUJ
17
SUZ
3
7th 13
1991 Suntec Racing SUZ
7
AUT
10
FUJ
4
MIN
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
14
FUJ
17
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
C
SUZ
9
FUJ
4
14th 6
1992 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
12
FUJ
9
MIN
Ret
SUZ
13
AUT
11
SUG
14
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
24
SUZ
10
FUJ FUJ NC 0
1993 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
14
FUJ
13
MIN
2
SUZ
13
AUT
C
SUG
Ret
FUJ
C
FUJ
11
SUZ
11
FUJ
13
SUZ
15
11th 6
1994 Giza Racing Team SUZ
6
FUJ
11
MIN
Ret
16th 1
Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ SUG FUJ SUZ
12
FUJ
7
FUJ
16
SUZ
Ret
1995 Team 5Zigen SUZ
10
FUJ
C
MIN
9
SUZ
12
SUG
9
FUJ
10
TOK
Ret
FUJ
12
SUZ
Ret
NC 0

Complete JGTC results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 DC Pts
1994 Toyota Team SARD Toyota Supra GT1 FUJ SEN FUJ SUG
Ret
MIN
10
27th 1
1995 Toyota Team SARD Toyota Supra GT1 SUZ
3
FUJ
12
SEN
5
FUJ
16
SUG
3
MIN
11
8th 32

American Open-Wheel racing results

(key)

CART

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1996 Arciero-Wells Racing MIA
22
RIO
26
SRF
18
LBH
26
NZR
18
500
18
MIL
18
DET
15
POR
17
CLE
16
TOR
16
MIS MDO ROA VAN LS 35th 0

References

  1. ^ a b "2 deaths Mar Molson-Indy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 15, 1996. pp. C–5. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  2. ^ Gary Avrin memorial