Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History (Oct. 18-28)

Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and Goodyear-equipped racers Oct. 18, 1981 -- Goodyear-equipped driver Sammy Swindell finishes the World of Outlaws season at Eldora Speedway and wins...

Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History
Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and Goodyear-equipped racers

Oct. 18, 1981 -- Goodyear-equipped driver Sammy Swindell finishes the World of Outlaws season at Eldora Speedway and wins the championship. It is Goodyear's first WoO title and the tiremaker would go on to dominate WoO competition for two decades.

Oct. 23, 1970 -- Gary Gabelich, trusting his life to Goodyear's bias-belted tire construction, pilots his Liquid Natural Gas-propelled vehicle, the Blue Flame, on record-setting runs of 617.602 mph and 627.287 mph in the Utah desert. The right rear Goodyear tire makes its 27th and 28th runs that day. The tire finishes with 17 passes in excess of 400 mph, 11 of those above 500 mph. It may be the most successful tire in land speed record history.

Oct. 24, 1965 -- Richie Ginther becomes the first driver to win a Formula One race on Goodyear tires when he wins in Mexico. When Goodyear left Formula One in 1998, the company retired with 368 victories, still the best among tiremakers.

Oct. 25-26, 1975 -- Bobby Unser and Bobby Allison, racing on Goodyear tires, win International Race of Champions events at Riverside International Raceway.

Oct. 26, 1997 -- John Paul Jr. and Butch Leitzinger win the one-hour, 45-minute World Sportscar Championship race at Laguna Seca. They drive a Dyson Racing Riley&Scott.

Oct. 26-27, 1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi and Bobby Allison win International Race of Champions events at Riverside International Raceway.

Oct. 27, 1973 -- Mark Donohue drives a Porsche Carrera RSR to victory in the inaugural International Race of Champions event, held at Riverside International Raceway. George Follmer wins a second race later the same day. Every IROC lap in history has been run on Goodyear tires.

Oct. 27-28, 1979 -- Mario Andretti and Darrell Waltrip win International Race of Champions races on Goodyear tires at Riverside International Raceway.

Oct. 28, 1973 -- Mark Donohue, racing on Goodyear tires, wins his second IROC race in as many days at Riverside International Raceway.

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Series History
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Butch Leitzinger , George Follmer , Mario Andretti , Bobby Unser , Sammy Swindell , Emerson Fittipaldi , Bobby Allison , John Paul , Mark Donohue
Teams Dyson Racing