Micheal Stucker, Historian
This Week in Racing History
F1 racer and multiple Le Mans winner Jackie Ickx is born in Brussels, Belgium (1945).
First South Africa Grand Prix to be held on the Kayalami track near Johannesburg is won by Pedro Rodriguez at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati. First F1 win for Rodriguez and last for Cooper (1967).
Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).
Graeme Lawrence drives a Ferrari Dino 246 to victory in Tasman Cup race at Levin, New Zealand (1970).
Sports car racer David Donohue, son of Mark Donohue, born (1967).
Vincenzo Florio, founder of the Targa Florio road race, dies in Epernay, France (1959).
Reigning F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell drives on an American oval for the first time when he practices at Phoenix, Arizona, in a Newman-Haas Lola-Ford (1993).