This Week in Racing History (January 23-29)

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

January 23
Richard Petty drives a Plymouth to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup Riverside 250 in Riverside, California, USA. NASCAR debut for Mark Donohue and his Penske AMC Matador (1972).

January 24
Ken Miles drives the R-1, an MG special he built, to victory in the Desert Trophy Race at Palm Springs, California, USA (1954).

January 25
The Ford Motor Company of Australia withdraws from motor racing (1974).

January 26
Carlos Pace, driving a Brabham-Ford, scores his first F1 victory when he wins the Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paolo (1975).

January 27
Buzz Calkins wins the Indy 200, the first Indy Racing League race ever run, at Disney World near Orlando, Florida, USA (1995).

January 28
Jean-Pierre Wilmille dies from injuries suffered in a crash during practice for the Gran Premio del Juan Peron y de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires in Argentina (1949).

January 29
Sports car and vintage racer Robert Hoe Fergus dies (1999).

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Series History
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Ken Miles , Richard Petty