This Week in Racing History
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche starts his own company (1930).
NASCAR founded by Bill France Sr. (1942).
Indy Car mechanic Clint Brawner born (1916).
Doug Van Riet wins the first Rand Grand Prix Handicap at the Earl Howe Circuit outside of Johannesburg, South Africa (1937).
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).
First races held on the newly repaved (with 3,200,000 bricks replacing crushed stone and tar) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909).
Touring car driver Jeff Allam born in Epsom, England (1954).