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Bill Simpson

Bill Simpson, 1975. Copyright Kurt Engelmann (www.myF5000.com), 2010. Used with permission.

Bill Simpson, 1975. Copyright Kurt Engelmann (www.myF5000.com), 2010. Used with permission.

Bill Simpson, Indianapolis 500, 25th May 2008. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Bill Simpson, Indianapolis 500, 25th May 2008. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

14 Mar 1940
Hermosa Beach, California

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

1 (1970-1977)

A pivotal figure in driver safety and responsible for saving many lives, his company, Simpson Performance Products, was one of the top manufacturers of racing safety products until Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash. Although Simpson's seat-belt was linked to Earnhardt's death, it never held much ground - however the emotion involved meant Bill eventually quit the company he founded. However, happily, he has bounced back. Bill, who lives in North Carolina, now owns a restaurant in Indianapolis, attends non-NASCAR races and formed another company, Bill Simpson Impact Racing, which manufactures racing suits, helmets and safety harnesses. Bill, himself, however, sold the business recently to focus on the non-racing projects (which includes manufacturing helmets for American Football) and to enjoy more time to himself. Bill's son, Dave, followed him in the sport, racing in the ARS series, but sadly Dave died in 2017.

Biography last updated 22 Apr 2018