This Week in Racing History (January 28-February 3)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com January 28 Jean-Pierre Wimille is killed when his Simca-Gordini crashes in practice for the Grand Prix of Buenos Aires in Argentina (1949). January 29 FIA inspects 528th Porsche...

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

January 28
Jean-Pierre Wimille is killed when his Simca-Gordini crashes in practice for the Grand Prix of Buenos Aires in Argentina (1949).

January 29
FIA inspects 528th Porsche 911 Carrera RS and certifies them legal for Group 4 Touring class. But because of paperwork delays, the RSR racing versions will have to run as Prototypes at Daytona, one week later (1973).

January 30
Jerry Unser wins the NASCAR Sportsman Division feature stockcar race at Honolulu Stadium. This is Jerry's first feature win in Hawaii, where he is stationed while in the Navy (1952).

January 31
F1 and sports car racer Mauro Baldi born in Reggio Amilia, Italy (1954).

February 1
Brian Redman finishes first and second in the 24 Hours of Daytona when the Gulf Porsche 917K he shared with Jo Siffert finishes behind the Pedro Rodriguez/Leo Kinnunen team car which he also co-drove late in the race (1970).

February 2
Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons drive their Penske prepared Lola T70 coupe to victory in the 24-Hours of Daytona (1969).

February 3
Paul Goldsmith drives Smokey Yunick's Pontiac to victory in the last stock car race on the beach at Daytona, Florida, USA (1958).

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