This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 13
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche starts his own company (1930).

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

December 15
Indy Car mechanic Clint Brawner born (1916).

December 16
Doug Van Riet wins the first Rand Grand Prix Handicap at the Earl Howe Circuit outside of Johannesburg, South Africa (1937).

December 17
Stan Barrett, driving a Hal Needham owned, Budweiser sponsored rocket powered car, unofficially breaks the sound barrier on land. Second back-up run is never made to make it official (1979).

December 18
First races held on the newly repaved (with 3,200,000 bricks replacing crushed stone and tar) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909).

December 19
Touring car driver Jeff Allam born in Epsom, England (1954).