Jeff Krosnoff

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Jeff Krosnoff
Nationality United States American
Born (1964-09-24)September 24, 1964
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died July 14, 1996(1996-07-14) (aged 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death Racing accident
Champ Car career
11 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Years active 1996
Team(s) Arciero-Wells
Best champ.
finish
35th - 1996
First race 1996 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last race 1996 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[edit]

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[edit]

On July 14, 1996 with 3 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 deflect the car enough to keep it from hitting a tree and a light post that was outside the fencing.

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 volunteer, Gary Avrin, was also killed in the accident when he was struck by the right front wheel of Krosnoff's then-airborne car.[1]

Career results[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

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

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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