This Week in Racing History
August 2 - Jean Behra dies in accident during the German Grand Prix at Avus (1959).
- Ronnie Bucknum debuts the Honda RA271 in the German Grand Prix with a DNF. It was also Bucknum's first GP (1964).
August 4 - Giuseppe Compari wins fifth Coppa Acerbo road race in an Alfa Romeo P2 (1928).
- Dan Gurney wears the first full-coverage helmet, a Bell Star, in an F1 race (1968).
- NASCAR star Jeff Gordon born (1971).
August 5 - Jerry Titus dies in accident during Trans- Am race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA (1970).
- Richie Ginther, who would give Honda their first F1 win, born in Los Angeles, California, USA (1930).
- At the Michigan 500 Indycar race, Al Unser Jr. sets a 500 mile average speed record of 189.7 mph (1990).
August 6 - Michael Tetu born (1941).
August 7 - Didier Pironi's F1 career ends in accident during last open practice session for German grand Prix at Hockenheim (1982).
August 8 - Nigell Mansell, Formula One and CART Indycar champion, born (1958).
Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).
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