DAMS Founder Jean-Paul Driot, 68

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Jean-Paul Driot.

RUAUDIN, France – Driot Associés Motor Sport announced Sunday morning that its founder and owner, Jean-Paul Driot, has passed away at the age of 68.

Driot lost an ongoing battle with illness, which he had fought in recent months. He is survived by his wife Geneviève and two sons, Olivier and Gregory.

Under Driot’s guidance, DAMS has won 13 drivers’ and 12 teams’ championships, including 147 races in Formula 3000, Formula Renault 3.5, GP3 Series, GP2 Series, Formula 2 and Formula E since its creation in 1988.

Driot also oversaw the progression of many talented young drivers on their route to Formula 1.

The entire DAMS team has dedicated Nicholas Latifi’s win and Sergio Sette Camara’s podium in Hungary to Driot’s memory.