In our September issue, we described the frightening accident that occurred at Elkhart Lake circuit when the Shadow Can-Am car driven by Jim Pace went airborne and landed upside down before skidding along the track for hundreds of metres. It could have easily ended in serious injury or even death for Jim, but he crawled out of the wreck completely unscathed. “I am fine. Not a scratch or bruise,” he said.
Instead Jim Pace has been felled by COVID-19, on November 19 at the age of 59.
Tributes have been flowing in for the sportscar racer, Daytona 24 and Sebring 12-hour winner, racing instructor, historic race organiser and, latterly, partner at Historic Sportscar Racing, the organisation responsible for the Classic Daytona 24 and Classic 12 Hour Sebring events, amongst many others. Pace’s relaxed southern style and natural elegance will be greatly missed in the paddock.