This Week in Racing History

August 17 - Pete Brock born (1945).

- Ken Miles dies in testing crash at Riverside, California, USA (1965).

- Nigel Mansell competes in his first GP, the Austrian Grand Prix at Zeltweg. He suffers from burns from a fuel leak in the cockpit of his Lotus (1980).

August 18 - Dale Jarrett wins his first NASCAR Winston Cup race, at Michigan (1991).

- Michael Andretti wins the Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. His 25th and the Newman- Haas team's 50th CART win (1996).

August 19 - Dale Inman born (1936).

- Mark Donohue dies from injuries suffered in a crash during practice for the Austrian Grand Prix (1975).

August 21 - Fred Agabashian born (1913).

August 22 - Ian Scheckter born (1947).

- Denny Milliani dies in a drag racing crash at Half Moon Bay, California, USA (1965).

In a previous TWiRH I typoed the year of Nigel Mansell's birth. It was 1953, not 1958.

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Michael Stucker