This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

August 14
Robbie Gordon wins the off-road Heavy Metal Challenge, the final motorsports event held at Riverside International Raceway in California, USA (1988).

August 15
Elio de Angelis, driving a Lotus 91, wins the Austrian Grand Prix on he Osterreichring by less than 1/10th of a second over Keke Rosberg in a Williams FW08. First F1 victory for de Angelis and 72nd and final win for Lotus under the direction of Colin Chapman (1982).

August 16
Richard Petty drives a Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory in NASCAR Winston Cup race at Dover, Deleware, USA (1979).

August 17
Porsche begins wind tunnel testing of the 956 at the University of Stuttgart's Institute for Driver and Motor Vehicle Research in West Germany (1981).

August 18
Fred Woodward drives an Alfa Romeo to victory in the first race ever held at the Paramount Sportsman's Ranch road course near Agoura, California, USA (1956).

August 19
Bill Brier dies in a crash during a motorcycle race on the dirt track in Belmont, Pennsylvania, USA (1916).

August 20
Three Fiats driven by Nazzaro, Bordino, Salamano, Giaccone, and Lampiano become the first cars to run on the track at Monza, Italy (1922).