This Week in Racing History

This Week in Racing History October 1 Richard Petty wins his tenth straight NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) stockcar race, at North Wilksborough, (1967). Leo Kinnunen wins the year's final round of the Interseries at Hockenheim,...

This Week in Racing History

October 1
Richard Petty wins his tenth straight NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) stockcar race, at North Wilksborough, (1967).


Leo Kinnunen wins the year's final round of the Interseries at Hockenheim, Germany, in a Porsche 917-10 (1972).

October 2
Edwin "Banjo" Matthews dies of natural causes (1996).

October 3
Two-time CART Champ Car champion Allesandro "Alex" Zanardi born (1969).

October 4
IRNL driver Sarah Fisher born (1980).


Peter Brock, David Parsons, and Peter McLeod drive a Holden Comodore to victory in the James Hardie 1000 at Mount Panarama in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia (1987).

October 5
Formula One great Froilan Gonzalez born (1922).


Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert born (1967).

October 6
Butch Leitzinger and John Paul Jr. drive a Ford powered R&S MkII to victory in the final IMSA race of the year, at Daytona, Florida, USA. However, Wayne Taylor and Oldsmobile win the drivers and manufacturers championships (1996).

October 7
The Ford Mustang concept car is introduced to the press and public by having Dan Gurney turn laps in the car at Watkins Glen, New York, USA, during the USGP weekend (1962).

Copyright 2000 Michael J. Stucker

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Drivers Doug Herbert , Butch Leitzinger , Sarah Fisher , Wayne Taylor , Dan Gurney , Richard Petty , Froilan Gonzalez , Peter Brock , John Paul