This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

August 15
At Pescara, Italy, an OSCA races for the first time, but the car, driven by Franco Cornacchia, suffers engine failure (1948).

August 16
Jackie Ickx wins the Austrian Grand Prix on the Osterreichring driving a Ferrari 312B (1970).

August 17
Francis McNamara, founder of McNamara Racing KG, which built Indycars for Andy Granatelli, born in Galesburg, Illinois, USA (1938).

August 18
Rally driver Didier Auriol born in Montpellier, France (1958).

August 19
Warren Johnson becomes the first NHRA Pro Stock drag racer to hit 190 mph at the end of the quarter-mile when he runs 190.07 mph at Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (1986).

August 20
The Labonte brothers finish 1-2, Bobby winning with Terry second, in the Goodwrench Dealer 400 NASCAR race at Brooklyn, Michigan, USA (1995).

August 21
Klaus Ludwig and Tom Coconis drive a front-engined Ford Mustang GTP to victory in the IMSA Camel GT Budweiser 500 at Elkart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. First race and only win for the car. In his final race as a driver, Preston Henn suffers a DNF (1983).