This Week in Racing History (December 31-January 6)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker December 31 Craig Pollack replaced as president of BAR Holdings by Don Brown (1999). January 1 Jim Clark drives a Lotus 49 to its first Grand Prix win, at Kyalami, South Africa. Jackie Stewart ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

December 31
Craig Pollack replaced as president of BAR Holdings by Don Brown (1999).

January 1
Jim Clark drives a Lotus 49 to its first Grand Prix win, at Kyalami, South Africa. Jackie Stewart debuts the Matra MS9-Ford in the same race (1968).

January 2
Walter Sobraske, machinist for Miller, Schofield, Offenhauser, and Meyer & Drake (later shop forman), born in West Virginia, USA (1901).

January 3
Sprintcar builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).

January 4
44 year old Donald Campbell, holder of land and water speed records, dies in a crash of his hydroplane boat Bluebird K7 while attempting to set a new water speed record on Coniston Water in England (1944).

January 5
Trevers Walkett, one of four brothers who formed Ginetta Cars, dies at age 76 (2000).

January 6
Sam Schmidt is paralyzed after breaking his neck in a crash while testing his Treadway Racing G-Force IRL racer at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida, USA (2000).

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