This Week in Racing History (December 16-22)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker December 16 Lotus founder Colin Chapman dies (1982). December 17 First motor racing meet takes place on the brick surface at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909). December...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

December 16
Lotus founder Colin Chapman dies (1982).

December 17
First motor racing meet takes place on the brick surface at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909).

December 18
Chasseloup-Laubat, driving a Jeantaud, sets the first World Land Speed Record at 39.24 mph (1898).

December 19
Swedish racer Robert Amren born (1968).

December 20
British racer Phil Andrews born (1968).

December 21
An order is placed for a Porsche 956A, which ends up being chassis 100017, a car Jim Clark will later race (1956).

December 22
Wendell Scott, the first black to race in the NASCAR Grand National series, dies of spinal cancer (1990).

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