Racing is a dangerous and occasionally deadly game, but the risk is part of what makes it so exciting. But it's sometimes the open road, not the track, that takes the lives of skilled racing drivers. The death of Nicolas Zapata is one of those cases.

Zapata, a native of Mexico, vintage racer, and one of the most influential supporters of Ferrari's [NYSE:RACE] Historic Race series, was killed in an accident along the Mexico-Toluca highway October 9. Zapata and Alberto Amezcua, a vintage car restoration and dealership owner, were both killed when their Porsche 356 hit a wall and caught fire.

Among other driving credits, Zapata is remembered in part as the winner of the 2009 shell Ferrari Historic Challenge race in Valencia, where he piloted a 1956 Ferarri 625 TR. Amezcua led an equally, if unintentionally, adventurous life, having been kidnapped and ransomed twice.


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