This Week in Racing History (February 17-23)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com February 17 The first car named Mercedes, made by Daimler, debuts at a race in Pau, France (1901). February 18 "Fireball" Roberts wins the NASCAR Daytona 500 driving a Pontiac ...

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

February 17
The first car named Mercedes, made by Daimler, debuts at a race in Pau, France (1901).

February 18
"Fireball" Roberts wins the NASCAR Daytona 500 driving a Pontiac (1962).

February 19
Peter Brock wins the Australina Touring Car Championship race at Sandown, Australia (1984).

February 20
The first races are run on the Tr-Oval at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. "Shorty" Rollins wins the 100-mile convertible race. Later, the Grand National qualifying race for the Daytona 500 is won by Bob Weborn in a Chevrolet (1959).

February 21
Formula and sports car racer Peter Gethin born (1940).

February 22
When Richard Petty's Plymouth quits on the last lap of the Daytona 500, his teammate Pete Hamilton takes the win (1970).

February 23
The FIA is created in Paris, France (1946).

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Series History
Drivers Richard Petty , Peter Brock , Peter Gethin