This week in racing history (1997-11-16)

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker November 16 Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot, wins the Vanderbilt Cup race in Santa Monica, California (1916). NHRA ProStock drag racer Darrell Alderman born (1949). November 17 Ray Kong born ...

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker

November 16
Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot, wins the Vanderbilt Cup race in Santa Monica, California (1916).


NHRA ProStock drag racer Darrell Alderman born (1949).

November 17
Ray Kong born (1955).

November 18
Howdey Wilcox and John Aitken combine to win the last American Grand Prize race in a Peugeot, in Santa Monica, California. Aitken started in the car but was replaced by Wilcox who's original car lost a piston (1916).


Indycar driver and team owner Gary Bettenhausen born (1941).

November 19
Andre Boillot wins the Coppa Florio driving a 1914 Grand Prix Peugeot powered by 3.8-liter sleeve-valve engine. His average speed was 37.5 mph/60.4 kph (1922).


Can-Am racer Lothar Motschenbacher born (1938).

November 20
1996 CART Indycar champion Jimmy Vasser born (1965).

November 21
F1 driver Jacques Laffite born (1943).


Radical Bugatti 251 GP racer is debuted to the press. It has a straight-8 engine mounted transversly behind the driver (1955).


Stockcar great and NASCAR pacecar driver Elmo Langley dies of a heart attack in Japan (1996).

November 22
Reeves Calloway born (1947).

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Series History
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Jimmy Vasser , André Boillot , Jacques Laffite