People in this week in racing history include: Marvin Panch, Steve Millen, Richard Petty, Peter Brock, Feruccio Lamgorghini, Peter Gethin, Chuck Etchells, and Ron Capps.
This Week in Racing History
Marvin Panch wins the Daytona 500 driving a year-old Smokey Yunick Pontiac (1961).
Sports car and rally driver Steve Millen born (1953).
Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 stock car race after leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison crash into each other on the final lap (1979).
Peter Brock wins the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Sandown, Australia (1984).
Feruccio Lamgorghini, founder of the exotic car company that bears his name, dies (1993).
F1 and Can-Am racer Peter Gethin born (1940).
Chuck Etchells defeats Ron Capps in the Funnycar finals of the Atsco Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona, USA. First all-Camaro Funnycar finals in NHRA history (1998).