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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.

Jeff Krosnoff
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

Early life and careerEdit

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.

DeathEdit

On July 14, 1996, with three 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 Arvin, was also killed in the accident when he was struck by the right front wheel of Krosnoff's then-airborne car.[1]

Career resultsEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

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

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

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
Ret
 
RIO
Ret
 
SRF
Ret
 
LBH
Ret
 
NZR
18
 
500
Ret
 
MIL
18
 
DET
15
 
POR
17
 
CLE
Ret
 
TOR
Ret
 
MIS
 
MDO
 
ROA
 
VAN
 
LS
35th 0

ReferencesEdit

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

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