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Bob Wollek, racing driver, 56



Saturday March 17 9:39 AM ET

Car Racer Wollek Killed on Bicycle 

SEBRING, Florida (Reuters) - French sportscar racing driver Bob Wollek was
killed on Friday in an accident while cycling near a track where he was to
have driven on Sunday, police said.

Wollek, 56, was a veteran of the Le Mans 24 Hours race and won the Daytona
24 Hours four times

He was on highway 98, about 13 miles (22 kilometers) east of Sebring, when
his bicycle was struck by a van driven by an 82-year-old man, the Florida
Highway Patrol reported.

The police report said Wollek had been riding close to the edge of the
pavement marking and the van, traveling in the same direction behind other
traffic, hit the back of the bicycle.

Wollek, from the French town of Berstett, was taken to Highlands Regional
Medical Center with fatal injuries, the highway patrol said.

He raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours 28 times but never won it, finishing
second four times, including in his last appearance in the event in 1998.

Wollek was to have driven in a 12 Hours race at Sebring International
Raceway on Sunday.

The van driver was identified as John Rashley, 82, of Okeechobee, Florida. 


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