This Week in Racing History (January 19-25)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker January 19 Joe Weatherly, champion AAA motorcycle and NASCAR stockcar racer, dies in a crash during the NASCAR Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California, USA (1964). January 20 Dennise McCluggage,...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

January 19
Joe Weatherly, champion AAA motorcycle and NASCAR stockcar racer, dies in a crash during the NASCAR Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California, USA (1964).

January 20
Dennise McCluggage, racer and journalist, born in El Dorado, California, USA (1927).

January 21
Irish rally legend Bertie Fisher and his children, Mark and Emma, die in the crash of a helicopter he is piloting (2001).

January 22
Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally (1986).

January 23
The first annual Automotive Equipment Display and Hot Rod Exhibition, presented by the Southern California Timing Association, opens at the National Guard Armory in Exposition Park, in Los Angeles, California (1948).

January 24
Pope John Paul II performs mass at the Hermanos Rodriguez race track (1999).

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