He was my favorite driver back in the day.
I recall reading an article many years ago that mentioned the fact he easily could have afforded cosmetic surgery for the facial scarring that resulted from his fiery wreck, but he chose not to. He said at the time something to the effect that his scarring was a testament to the wickedness (awesomeness? help me out here) of the sport.
"The other day I was asked again 'why did you never do an operation?' To the woman I said 'where the (expletive) do I find an ear?' It's a very simple answer," he said matter-of-factly. "It is the way it is and what can I do?
"It's the same when you are in a wheelchair. Nobody asks anybody to get up and walk. Sure, people change their tits and ass and whatever. In my case there could be something done but I wouldn't. Because this is a fact of life and that's it."