This Week in Racing History (August 1-7)

This Week in Racing History August 1 - Richard Petty becomes the first NASCAR driver to win over $1 million in a career when he wins the Dixie 500 at Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in his 551st start (1971). ...

This Week in Racing History

August 1 - Richard Petty becomes the first NASCAR driver to win over $1 million in a career when he wins the Dixie 500 at Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in his 551st start (1971).

- F1 driver Patrick Depailler is killed in crash during testing (1980).

August 2 - "John Winter" born (1949).

August 3 - Virginia International Raceway opens (1957).

August 4 - John Fitch born (1917).

August 5 - Andy Granatelli becomes president of Studebaker's chemical compound division. Their principal product is STP (1963).

August 6 - Michel Tetu born (1941).

August 7 - Racing journalist Nigel Roebuck sees Grand Prix cars race for the first time, at the age of 8, at the Oulton Park Gold Cup, in England (1954).

- Mark Donohue, driving a Lola T70-Chevy, wins the USRRC race at Kent, Washington, USA. This is the first major win for Penske Racing (1966).

Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

Michael Stucker stucker@$sugar-land.spc.slb.com Remove "$" from email address above. Copyright Michael J. Stucker 1999 www.flash.net/~cstucker

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