Race in peace
It was not the update I wanted to write but, according to Bridge to Gantry earlier today (Mar. 17, 2021) German racing legend and literal Queen of the Nurburgring, Sabine Schmitz, lost her battle to cancer and passed away.
Schmitz was 51.
Earlier last year, in July, I reported on how a recent cancer flare up was why Schmitz was not in attendance during a double-stint race weekend on the Nurburgring racing with Team Frikadelli. It was a cancer flare up that Schmitz previously declared victorious over, in remission, in 2018.
Updates from Schmitz on her motor sport Facebook showed our Queen without her hair but still smiling, fighting as best she could.
A racecar driver at heart, updating us on Frikadelli Racing’s pursuits, she shared the fleet of Porsches that would fight for this upcoming endurance race season.
Honing her skills on Germany’s Green Hell, Sabine won our hearts after several on-screen performances, doing what she does best, driving.
As a racecar driver, Schmitz stamped her name as Germany’s best with wins in the Nurburgring Endurance series and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Schmitz is the only woman, as of this writing, to win a 24-hour race on the Green Hell.
Everyone fully expected Schmitz to, once again, conquer cancer, but unfortunatly that was not the case.
The motorsport world mourns for Schmitz, her family, her friends, and anyone whose life she touched through racing.
Schmitz is a racing driver the world will not soon forget.