This Week in Racing History (August 6-12)

This Week in Racing History August 6 Leo Kinnunen drives a Porsche 917-10 to win in the Interseries race at the Norisring in Germany (1972). John Bourke drives a Toyota Supra to victory in the Australian Touring Car Championship race at...

This Week in Racing History

August 6
Leo Kinnunen drives a Porsche 917-10 to win in the Interseries race at the Norisring in Germany (1972).


John Bourke drives a Toyota Supra to victory in the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Amaroo Park, New South Wales (1989).

August 7
Very last race event held at Brooklands, England (1939).


Vern "Flip" Fritch, driver, photographer, writer, broadcaster, and Nation Sprint Hall of Fame inductee, dies in Riverview, Florida, USA, at the age of 69 (1978).

August 8
Len Sutton born (1925).


Pete Brock wins the Australian Touring Car Championship (1978).

August 9
Pete Brock wins the CRC 300 at Amaroo Park, New South Wales, Australia (1981).

August 10
Jacques Villeneuve announces he is leaving CART Indycars to race for Williams in F1 (1995).

August 11
First auto speed trials held on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA (1914).


J.D. McDuffie is killed in an accident during the "Bud at the Glen" NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen, New York, USA (1991).

August 12
16-year old Rea Lentz wins the first Pikes Peak Hill Climb driving a Romano Demon Special powered by a 125 hp Curtiss V8 aircraft engine (1916).

Copyright 2000 Michael J. Stucker

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Series History
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , J.D. McDuffie
Teams Williams