Bill Simpson, racing safety pioneer, dead at 79

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INDIANAPOLIS — Racing safety pioneer Bill Simpson has passed away after suffering a stroke and being hospitalized in Indianapolis according to The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, where Simpson was a Hall of Fame inductee.

Simpson was a racer turned racing safety innovator who is credited with saving the lives of countless drivers through his work to improve safety devices like helmets, seatbelts and firesuits for use in motor racing.

Bill Simpson even worked for a time to improve safety for football players with his work on helmets through an association he had with the Indianapolis Colts.

Simpson was 79.

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