This Week in Racing History

August 30 - Bruce McLaren, two-time Can-Am champion, the second child of parents Les and Ruth, born in Auckland, New Zealand (1937).

September 1 - Elmer Trett is killed during exhibition run at the US Nationals drag race in Indianapolis, Indiana (1996).

- Gil de Ferran's fourth place finish secures Honda's first CART Manufacturers Championship (1996).

September 2 - F1 racer Olivier Panis born (1966).

- Jean-Patrick Hien dies in crash during National Championship race in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1990).

September 3 - Dario Resta dies in crash during speed record attempt at Brooklands, England (1924).

- Jim Mcelreath wins the first California 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway in A.J. Foyt's back-up car. Jim Hurtubise started 33 in a front-engined roadster (1970).

- Michael Andretti announces his contract to drive for the McLaren Formula One team in 1993 (1992).

September 4 - Howdey Wilcox dies in wreck during championship race in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA (1923).

- Alex Gurney, racer and son of Dan Gurney, born (1974).

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