This Week in Racing History (December 10-16)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com December 10 NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett born (1932). December 11 Jim Hall, driving a Maserati Tipo 61, wins the feature race at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (1960). December 12 Bruce...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker
www.vintageRPM.com

December 10
NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett born (1932).

December 11
Jim Hall, driving a Maserati Tipo 61, wins the feature race at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (1960).

December 12
Bruce McLaren, driving a Cooper-Climax, wins the first USGP. McLaren, age 22, is the youngest GP winner, up to that time. His teammate, Jack Brabham, clinches his first World Driving Title. Only USGP held at Sebring, Florida. Roger Ward drives a Kurtis Midget, powered by a 1.7-liter 4-cylinder Offenhauser, in the race. Just before the race, Harry Schell has his Cooper moved from the 10th to the 3rd starting position by convincing officials to accept a "suspiciously" fast practice time -- he had shortcut a remote section of track (1959).

December 13
Vaso Bill "Vuky" Vukovich Sr., Indy 500 winner, born (1918).

December 14
NASCAR founded by Bill France Sr. (1942).

December 15
Indycar mechanic Clint Brawner born (1916).

December 16
John von Neuman, racer, car owner, sports car importer and founder of the California Sports Car Club, born in Vienna, Austria (1921).

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