This Week in Racing History (April 29-May 5)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker April 29 Australian Touring Car legend Dick Johnson born in Brisbane, Australia (1947). April 30 Richard Petty wins the Darlington 400 NASCAR stockcar race in a Plymouth Belvedere at Darlington,...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

April 29
Australian Touring Car legend Dick Johnson born in Brisbane, Australia (1947).

April 30
Richard Petty wins the Darlington 400 NASCAR stockcar race in a Plymouth Belvedere at Darlington, South Carolina, USA (1966).


John Bowe drives a Ford Sierra to victory in the ATCC Group A race in Wanneroo, Western Australia (1989).

May 1
Jerry Unser Jr. marries Jeanne Lambreth in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (1955).


Norm Nelson drives a Pymouth Belvedere to victory in the Yankee 300 stockcar race in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (1966).


Ayrton Senna dies in crash during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Italy (1994).

May 2
Sprintcar driver Kevin Gobrecht born (1969).


Driver Henri Toivonen and codriver Sergio Cresta are killed when their Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car crashes into a tree and bursts into flame during the Tour de Corse rally (1986).

May 3
With Brian Redmond at the wheel, the Lola T600 wins its first race out, the IMSA race at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, USA (1981).


Tom Binford, Chief Steward of the Indianapolis 500, announces his retirement, effective after the running of the race later in the month (1995).

May 4
Ten-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force born (1949).


Jackie Stewart passes his rookie test for the Indianapolis 500 (1966).

May 5
Australian Touring Car racer Glen Seton born in Sidney, New South Wales, Australia (1965).


Dr. Hans Liebold drives a Mercedes C111 to a one-lap closed course speed record of 250.918 mph at Nardi, Italy (1979).


Derick Walker and Eddie Cheever drive a Jaguar XJR-6 to victory in the Group C sportscar race at Silverston, England. First endurance championship win for Jaguar in 29 years (1986).

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Drivers John Force , Eddie Cheever , Jackie Stewart , Richard Petty , Ayrton Senna , John Bowe , Dick Johnson