Scuderia Ferrari is mourning the death of former driver Chris Amon, who died of cancer at age 73 Wednesday.
Amon was born in Bulls, New Zealand and raced for Ferrari from 1967 to 1969. He nearly won the World Championship with the team in 1968, starting from pole position four times, but retiring out of seven of the season’s 11 races.
Amon is widely recognized as one of the most talented drivers to ever climb behind the wheel of an F1 car, but you wouldn’t know it by just looking at his results. The Kiwi was plagued by bad luck, with mechanical failures, tire punctures and other problems robbing him of victory countless times. In the 108 Grands Prix he competed in, he posted zero wins.
He did find success outside of F1, however. Paired with Lorenzo Bandini, Amon piloted a Ferrari 330 P3/4 to an overall victory at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours. He also won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside Bruce McLaren in a Ford GT 40 Mk II and beat out future F1 champ Jochen Rindt to win the 1968-69 Tasman Series.