This Week in Racing History (January 11-17)

This Week in Racing History January 11 - American John Walter Christie, free lance engineer, auto builder, and racer dies. Helped build first submarine and designed tanks used by Britain in WWII. His WC-5...

This Week in Racing History

January 11 - American John Walter Christie, free lance engineer, auto builder, and racer dies. Helped build first submarine and designed tanks used by Britain in WWII. His WC-5 Grand Prix racer of 1907 was the first to use 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a transverse engine (1944).

- NASCAR racer Brett Bodine born (1959).

January 12 - Ray Harroun, who would win the first Indy 500, born (1879).

- Henry Ford and co-driver Spider Huff set a land speed record at Lake St. Clair, in Michigan, of 91.37 mph in a car known as the "999". The "999" was powered by a 1156 cubic inch 4-cylinder engine. They broke the old speed record by 14 mph (1904).

January 13 - U.S. Tobacco announces that Ron Capps will drive the Copenhagen Camaro funny car with Don Prudhomme as team manager (1997).

January 15 - Mario Andretti drives his Lotus-Cosworth to victory in the Argentine Grand Prix (1978).

January 16 - American racing great A.J. Foyt born (1935).

January 17 - Juan Fangio, driving a Maserati 250F, wins the Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires (1954).

Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

Michael Stucker - Motorsport News International

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Drivers Brett Bodine , Ron Capps , Mario Andretti , Henry Ford , Spider Huff , Don Prudhomme , A.J. Foyt