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Sun 30 Aug 1998
This Week in Racing History (August 30-September 5)

This Week in Racing History (August 30-September 5)

This Week in Racing History August 30 - Race cars take to the streets of Los Angeles, California, USA, for the first time, in the VARA Ford Los Angeles Grand Prix for vintage racers (1997). September 1 - ...

Sun 18 Oct 1998
This Week in Racing History (October 18-24)

This Week in Racing History (October 18-24)

This Week in Racing History October 18 - Formula Atlantic racer Alex Tagliani born (1972). October 19 - Eddie Hulse, driving Regg Schlemmer's Mercury powered roadster, sets a new Southern California...

Fri 08 May 1998
Four Named to IMS Hall of Fame

Four Named to IMS Hall of Fame

Indianapolis, January 29, 1998 -- In his first year of eligibility, four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears has been voted into motor racing's premier Hall of Fame at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two other racing greats -- three-time Formula...

Sun 07 Jun 1998
This Week in History (June 7-13)

This Week in History (June 7-13)

This Week in Racing History June 7 - LeHoux, driving a Bugatti, wins the Geneva Grand Prix at Meyrin, the first major international race held in Switzerland (1931). - Robbie Loomis born (1964). - William H.G.

Sun 31 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (May 31-June 6)

This Week in Racing History (May 31-June 6)

This Week in Racing History May 31 - Walter Baker becomes the first man to unofficially exceed 100 mph over 1 km in his electric powered "Torpedo". A wreck at the end of his run prevented it from becoming an ...

Sun 19 Jul 1998
This Week in Racing History (July 19-25)

This Week in Racing History (July 19-25)

This Week in Racing History July 19 - Ayrton Senna has his first drive in an F1 car when he tests a Williams-Ford FW08C for Frank Williams (1983). July 20 - Salvatore Ammendola drives an Alfa Romeo to victory in...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (March 1-7)

This Week in Racing History (March 1-7)

This Week in Racing History March 1 - NASCAR racer Dave Marcis born (1941). March 2 - Sportcar racer Nino Vacarella born (1933). - Randy Anderson sets NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car national record of 253.73 mph at Texas ...

Sun 09 Aug 1998
This Week in Racing History (August 9-15)

This Week in Racing History (August 9-15)

This Week in Racing History August 9 - F1 and Indycar driver Stefan Johansson born in Vaxjo, Sweden (1956). - Mark Donohue sets an American closed-course speed record of 221.120 MPH at Talledega, ...

Mon 16 Feb 1998
This Week in Racing History (February 15-21)

This Week in Racing History (February 15-21)

This Week in Racing History February 15 - First NASCAR race held, on Daytona Beach in Florida (1948). - F1 driver Alexander Wurz born (1974). February 16 - Sportcar racer Bobby Archer born (1953). February 17 - Steve Millen...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (March 15-21)

This Week in Racing History (March 15-21)

This Week in Racing History March 16 - Phil Hill makes the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, which rates him "Sportscar Driver of the Year" (1959). - Franck Freon born (1962). March 18 - Volker Weidler born...

Sun 20 Sep 1998
This Week in Racing History (September 20-26)

This Week in Racing History (September 20-26)

This Week in Racing History September 20 - F1 and sportscar racer Richie Ginther dies of heart failure at age 59 while vacationing in France (1989). September 21 - NASCAR team owner Richard Childress born ...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (May 10-16)

This Week in Racing History (May 10-16)

This Week in Racing History May 12 - Leon Duray, one of the most colorful and exciting drivers of the '20s, dies (1956). - Pierro Taruffi wins the last Mille Miglia. Taruffi's last race. Debut of first American ...

Mon 09 Feb 1998
This Week in Racing History (February 8-14)

This Week in Racing History (February 8-14)

This Week in Racing History February 9 - Todd Parrott, NASCAR crew chief, born (1964). - Hans-Joachim Stuck dies of natural causes (1978). February 10 - "Grandpa" Eddie Hearne, Indy 500 racer and vaudeville tap ...

Sat 26 Dec 1998
This Week in Racing History (December 27-January 2)

This Week in Racing History (December 27-January 2)

This Week in Racing History December 28 - David Empringham born (1964). December 29 - Waddell Wilson born (1936). December 30 - NASCAR racer Fred Lorenzen born (1934). December 31 - Bob Wilke, Offy engine dealer who's family ...

Mon 05 Jan 1998
This Week in Racing History (January 4-10)

This Week in Racing History (January 4-10)

This Week in Racing History January 6 - Indycar racer Dick Rathman born (1926). January 7 - Massimo Sigala born (1951). January 8 - Dick LaHaie born (1942). January 9 - NASCAR stockcar driver Mark Martin born (1959). January 10 - CART...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (April 26-May 2)

This Week in Racing History (April 26-May 2)

This Week in Racing History April 26 - Gus Hutchison born (1937). April 27 - Bob Bondurant, sportscar racer and racing school owner, born (1933). April 28 - Jeep Hampshire records first sub 8 second (7.97) quarter mile...

Sun 06 Sep 1998
This Week in Racing History (September 6-12)

This Week in Racing History (September 6-12)

This Week in Racing History September 6 - Syd Watkins born (1928). - Second Peking-to-Paris Motor Challenge begins 90 years after the first. Oldest car entered was a 1907 La France Hooper ...

Sun 15 Nov 1998
This Week in Racing History (November 15-21)

This Week in Racing History (November 15-21)

This Week in Racing History November 15 - Richard Petty's last race as a driver is the same race in which Alan Kulwicki clinches his only Winston Cup title, at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1992). November...

Sun 23 Aug 1998
This Week in Racing History (August 23-29)

This Week in Racing History (August 23-29)

This Week in Racing History August 23 - NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace born (1963). August 24 - Luigi "Gigi" Villoresi, Grand Prix driver both before and after World War II, dies at age 88 (1997). August 25 -...

Sun 16 Aug 1998
This Week in Racing History (August 16-22)

This Week in Racing History (August 16-22)

This Week in Racing History August 17 - Pete Brock born (1945). - Ken Miles dies in testing crash at Riverside, California, USA (1965). - Nigel Mansell competes in his first GP, the Austrian Grand...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (July 26-August 1)

This Week in Racing History (July 26-August 1)

This Week in Racing History July 26 - Jimmy Murphy wins the ACF Grand Prix at Le Mans in a Deusenberg. Ralph de Palma's second place makes it an American 1-2 finish. First win for an American driver and first ...

Sun 27 Sep 1998
This Week in Racing History (September 27-October 3)

This Week in Racing History (September 27-October 3)

This Week in Racing History September 27 - Howard Millican, ace Indycar fabricator, machinist, and general innovator dies after a long illnes (1995). September 28 - Dragracer Gene Snow born (1937). ...

Sun 13 Sep 1998
This Week in Racing History (September 13-19)

This Week in Racing History (September 13-19)

This Week in Racing History September 14 - Indycar and sportscar driver Dominic Dobson born (1957). September 15 - Jimmy Murphy dies in wreck during Championship race at Syracuse, New York, USA ...

Sun 14 Jun 1998
This Week in Racing History (June 14-20)

This Week in Racing History (June 14-20)

This Week in Racing History June 14 - John Miles born (1943). - Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood drive a Porsche 917 to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche's first overall win at Le Mans ...

Sun 01 Nov 1998
This Week in Racing History (November 1-7)

This Week in Racing History (November 1-7)

This Week in Racing History November 1 - David Bruce-Brown, the first American to win a Grand Prix, dies in practice accident for the American Grand Prize race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1912). November 2...

Sun 08 Nov 1998
This Week in Racing (November 8-15)

This Week in Racing (November 8-15)

This Week in Racing History November 8 - Masten Gregory, Grand Prix and sportscar racer in the '50s & '60s, dies of a heart attack (1985). November 9 - British Touring Car Championship driver David...

Mon 06 Apr 1998
This Week in Racing History (April 5-11)

This Week in Racing History (April 5-11)

This Week in Racing History April 5 - Ronnie Bucknum, F1 and sportscar racer, born (1936). - Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianpolis Motor Speedway opened to the public (1976). - Whitney Straight, who raced in more...

Mon 09 Mar 1998
This Week in Racing History (March 8-14)

This Week in Racing History (March 8-14)

This Week in Racing History March 8 - Touring car racer Michael Bartels born (1968). March 9 - Sportcar great Brian Redman born (1937). - David Coulthard wins the Australian Grand Prix in a Mercedes powered McLaren. ...

Mon 05 Oct 1998
This Week in Racing History (October 4-11)

This Week in Racing History (October 4-11)

This Week in Racing History October 4 - First shakedown of prototype Bugatti 251 Grand Prix racer (1955). October 5 - Barney Oldfield makes his road racing debut in the US Grand Prize race in Milwaukee ...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (June 21-27)

This Week in Racing History (June 21-27)

This Week in Racing History June 21 - John Cannon born (1937). - Piers Courage dies in accident during Dutch Grand Prix (1970). June 22 - Phil Kreuger born (1951). - Robert O'Brien becomes the first American ...

Sun 20 Dec 1998
This Week in Racing History (December 20-26)

This Week in Racing History (December 20-26)

This Week in Racing History December 20 - IRL driver Scott Goodyear born (1959). December 22 - NHRA Top Fuel dragracer Shelly Anderson born (1965). December 23 - Ferrari F93A unveiled to the public (1993). December 24 -...

Fri 08 May 1998
This Week in Racing History (May 3-9)

This Week in Racing History (May 3-9)

This Week in Racing History May 3 - Ken Tyrrell, former F1 team owner, born (1924). May 4 - Wolfgang von Trips, F1 racer, born in Cologne, Germany (1928). May 5 - Jimmy Murphy, first American to win a Grand Prix event in ...

This Week in Racing History (April 19-25)

This Week in Racing History (April 19-25)

This Week in Racing History April 19 - NASCAR team owner Robert Yates born (1943). April 20 - Peter Schutz, who became president of Porsche in 1981, born (1930). - Willie Haupt, American GP, hillclimb, and Indy racer ...

Sat 24 Oct 1998
This Week in Racing History (October 25-31)

This Week in Racing History (October 25-31)

This Week in Racing History October 25 - Stuart Lewis-Evans dies in East Grinstead, Sussex, England, from burns suffered in accident during Moroccan Grand Prix, six days earlier (1958). - Dan...

Sun 11 Oct 1998
This Week in Racing History (October 11-17)

This Week in Racing History (October 11-17)

This Week in Racing History October 11 - Ferrari 512M makes race debut (1970). - Todd Parrott becomes crew chief for Dale Jarrett's Robert Yates Ford Thunderbird NASCAR Winston Cup stockcar ...

Mon 17 Aug 1998
CHAMPCAR/CART: IRL: August 18, 1963 - The Day the Dinosaurs Died

CHAMPCAR/CART: IRL: August 18, 1963 - The Day the Dinosaurs Died

August 18, 1963 - The Day the Dinosaurs Died by Dean Case, Society of Automotive Historians <dean.case@nissan-usa.com> Thirty-five years ago this month marked the end of an era; the reign of the roadsters was over. The modern Indy ...