Al Pease

October 15, 1921 - May 4th 2014
Al Pease,
 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, born in Darlington, England. 

He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 27 August 1967. He holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only competitor ever to be disqualified from a World Championship race, the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix, for being too slow. Pease was black-flagged after a series of on-track incidents, the last involving Matra driver Jackie Stewart. In response, Matra owner Ken Tyrrell protested to the officials and had Pease disqualified. At the time, Pease completed 22 laps in an uncompetitive car while the leaders finished 46. Pease's F1 history happened during the Canadian Grand Prix, where his career consisted of a NC (1967, finishing 43 laps behind the leaders), DNS (engine trouble in 1968), and DSQ (1969).

Despite the brief duration of his Formula One career, Pease was highly successful in domestic Canadian motor sport competitions, winning a steady stream of regional and national championships in a variety of cars for almost 30 years and was inducted as a member of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1998.

He was also instrumental in getting the CASC to allow sponsors’ names on the side of racing cars, paving the way for a whole new generation of professional Canadian racing drivers.

He died on May 4th 2014, at his home in Tennessee.

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