This Week in Racing History

July 6 - Luigi Musso dies during French Grand Prix (1958).

- Parnelli Jones wins the Donnybrooke 250 Trans-Am race driving a Bud Moore prepared Mustang. USAC star Lloyd Ruby drives a privately entered Camaro, blows a tires and crashes after 18 laps (1969).

July 7 - Indy racer Stan Fox born (1952).

- George Follmer wins the second Can-Am race of the season, Road Atlanta, in a Porsche 917/10K. Mark Donohue finishes second in a Porsche 917/30KL. It is the second and last Can-Am race that Donohue will not win this year (1973).

- Carlo Chiti dies of heart attack at age 60 (1994). July 8 - CART team owner Dale Coyne born (1954).

- Porsche wins their first F1 race when Dan Gurney drives the type 804 to victory in the French GP, at Rouen (1962).

July 9 - "Prancing Horse" logo first appears on one of Enzo Ferrari's cars (1932).

- ProStock dragracer Jim Yates born (1953).

July 10 - F1 and sportcar racer Jean-Pierre Jarier born (1946).

- Allan Moffat drives a Lotus-Cortina to victory in the Bryar 250 Trans-Am race (1966).

July 11 - Franco Lini offers Jackie Ickx a spot on the Ferrari F1 team. He turns them down, only to sign on later in the year (1967).

- Pedro Rodriguez dies in a wreck during an Interseries race at the Norisring (1971).

July 12 - Racer, car builder, and team owner, Guy Ligier born (1930).

- Denny Hulme wins the Watkins Glen Can-Am race in a McLaren M8D. The Chaparral 2J "sucker car" debuts with Jackie Stewart at the wheel. The 2J retires after 22 laps with break failure.

It has come to my attention that Gueseppi Farina did not die of natural causes but in a road accident (June 30, 1966).

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