Yeah, I am not a Ford Fan, but he was much more than that. If Colin was a "Lightness adds speed" Carroll was more like a "Wanna go faster? Hell with that, let's just add some more horsepower," kinda guy.
It's all about competition and he was a competitor. See you soon enough, Carroll.
After his transplant, he did a lot for children, too. Thanks for everything, Carroll.
A few quotes:
If you don't go do what you wanna do, you're just bull****ting yourself.
Back during my Grand Prix racing days, we used to lose seven or eight people a year. We didn't think about it all that much. We'd feel sad for whoever didn't make it and go to a funeral sometime during the week, then be out testing that afternoon. Part of the business.
Auto racing is a completely different dog-and-pony show now. I watched a Nascar race yesterday, and anytime anybody gets a little ahead, they suddenly see "debris" on the track, and they start another race. It's show business now, and it used to be racing. Maybe that's what people want, and it's so successful that you can't criticize it.
I'm not convinced that men and women are supposed to get along.
My dad bought a GT350R (serial #2) from Shelby in the 60s which he raced in SCCA B Production. He told me at the time Carroll had a bad heart and would probably not live much longer. He beat my dad by 2 years.