Mark Neary Donohue, Jr. (born March 18 1937 in Haddon Township, New Jersey, United States – died August 19 1975 in Graz, Austria) was an American racing driver who most notably drove in Formula One and NASCAR.
Formula One CareerEdit
Prior to racing in Formula One, Donohue was a racer in the Ford GT40, Trans-Am, Indy car, NASCAR, Can-Am, IROC racing series. The highlight of his entire career was winning the 1972 Indianapolis 500.
While in the Indy car series, Donohue made his first appearance in Formula One, driving a Penske-prepared McLaren. He made his first appearance racing in the Canadian Grand Prix, placing 3rd place on the podium. This would be the highest finish of his Formula One racing career.
He had also qualified for the United States Grand Prix, but was unable to start the race, due to a USAC commitment.
In 1973, Donohue had retired from Indy car after the death of his friend, Swede Savage at the Indianapolis 500. He won the 1973 Can-Am championship in a Porsche 917-30, then retired from driving entirely.
Near the end of the season, Penske purchased a March chassis. Unfortunately, Donohue would not be able to finish the season.
While practicing for the Austrian Grand Prix, Donohue suffered a tyre failure that caused him to lose control of the car. His car was sent into the catch fence in the fastest corner of the track, the Voëst-Hugel corner.
A track marshal was killed by debris from the accident. Donohue's head either hit a fence post or the bottom of an advertising billboard frame alongside the track when he crashed. He appeared uninjured from the accident and was able to walk away from the accident.
Later in the day, Donohue began to suffer a headache which gradually worsened. The next day, he was admitted into the hospital in Graz. He then went into a coma from a cerebral hemorrhage and died.
Donohue's helmet was yellow with the word "Mark" written on either side. A Sunoco logo was also located underneath those words.
- International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1990 induction)
- Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame (2006 induction)
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||2974.7 km|
|Distance Led||0 km|
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
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