This Week in Racing History (April 30-May 6)

This Week in Racing History April 30 Duncan Hamilton born in Cork, Ireland (1920). May 1 Willi Kauhsen wins the Interseries race at Imola, Italy, in a Porsche 917-10 (1972). Richard Petty wins the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Talladega,...

This Week in Racing History

April 30

Duncan Hamilton born in Cork, Ireland (1920).

May 1

Willi Kauhsen wins the Interseries race at Imola, Italy, in a Porsche 917-10 (1972).

Richard Petty wins the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Talladega, Alabama, USA (1983).

May 2

Sterling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson win the fastest Mille Miglia. They cover the 1000 miles in a Mercedes in 10:07:48 for an average speed of 98.53 mph (1955).

Jerry Unser Jr. suffers serious injuries in a crash during practice session for the Indianapolis 500. He will die from his injuries 15 days later (1959).

May 3

Mark Donohue completes his Indianapolis 500 rookie test (1969).

A.J. Foyt wins the "Yankee 250" stockcar race at Indianapolis Raceway Park, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (1970).

May 4

Multiple NHRA Funnycar champion John Force born (1949).

Porsches finish 1-2-3-4-6 in the Targa Florio road race in Sicily. Gerhard Mitter and Udo Schutz pilot the winning 908 Spyder (1969).

May 5

Joie Chitwood wins the sprint car feature at Trenton, New Jersey, USA. First day of racing there after the track was changed from 1/2 to 1 mile in length (1946).

Sprint car racer Mark kinser born (1964).

May 6

Leon Duray "Jigger" Sirois completes his Indianapolis 500 rookie test (1969).

Price Cobb makes his SCCA Trans-Am debut by driving his Camaro to victory at Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1995).

Copyright Michael J. Stucker 2000

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Drivers John Force , Richard Petty , Price Cobb , A.J. Foyt , Mark Donohue