This Week in Racing History (December 23-29)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com December 23 Audi R8 sports racer debuts at Vallelunga in Italy (1999). December 24 Formula and sports car racer Howden Ganley born in Hamilton, New Zealand (1941). December...

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

December 23
Audi R8 sports racer debuts at Vallelunga in Italy (1999).

December 24
Formula and sports car racer Howden Ganley born in Hamilton, New Zealand (1941).

December 25
Tony Schumacher, 1999 NHRA Top Fuel Champion and son of former NHRA Funny Car Champion Don Schumacher, born (1969).

December 26
David McKay, Australia first professional racing driver, first Australian Touring Car champion (in 1960), and founder of Australia's first racing team (Scuderia Veloce), dies (2004).

December 27
Whitney Straight wins the South African Grand Prix in a Maserati, with his brother third in a Railton. It is the last race that Whitney will participate in. He is getting married and feels that racing and marriage do not mix (1934).

December 28
Jim Clark wins the South African Grand Prix at East London driving a Lotus 25 (1963).

December 29
Carlo Chiti, one-time engineer for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and co-founder of both ATS and Autodelta, born in Pistola, Italy (1924).

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