CHAMPCAR/CART: Paul Morgan dies in flying accident

May 11, 2001 - Paul Morgan, co-founder of Ilmor Engineering, died today in England when the plane he was piloting crashed during landing. Morgan, 52, was a partner in Ilmor with Mario Illien, Roger Penske and Mercedes-Benz. Roger Penske said,...

May 11, 2001 - Paul Morgan, co-founder of Ilmor Engineering, died today in England when the plane he was piloting crashed during landing. Morgan, 52, was a partner in Ilmor with Mario Illien, Roger Penske and Mercedes-Benz.

Roger Penske said, "All of us at Penske Racing are deeply saddened by the loss of Paul. He and Mario were the driving force at Ilmor, and Paul will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues and friends.

I greatly respected Paul as an astute businessman, who became a close personal friend. My wife Kathryn and I extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Liz and children Lucy and Patrick."

A statement from McLaren says: "All members of the team were deeply shocked to learn of the tragic death of Paul. Whilst the team are unaware of any of the specific details of the flying accident in which Paul lost his life, it is clear that everyone's first thoughts are with Paul's friends and family.

"Paul's friendship and contribution to our program will be greatly missed by everybody in the team."

Morgan worked at Cosworth Engineering before he and Illien founded Ilmor. They produced the Chevy Indy engine, and later the Mercedes engine for CART and Formula one.

Motorsport.com extends out sympathy to the wife, children and associates of Paul Morgan.

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Roger Penske , Paul Morgan
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Team Penske