This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

January 7
Gioachini Columbo joins Alfa Romeo. He will later design the Alfetta 158 (1924).

January 8
Bill Lipkey organizes USAC's first auto race, after USAC took over race sanctioning from AAA, when he presents a Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA (1956).

January 9
NASCAR stockcar driver Mark Martin born (1959).

January 10
Robert Woodward "Bobby" Rahal, Indy 500 champion, CART team owner, and head of the Jaguar F1 team, born in Medina, Ohio, USA (1953).

January 11
J. Walter Christie, pre-WWI racer and tank designer, dies at age 68 (1944).

January 12
Ray Harroun, winner of the first Indianapolis, 500, born in Spartanburg, Pennsylvania, USA (1879).

January 13
John Bolster, Technical Editor for Autosport magazine since its inception in 1950, dies at the age of 73 (1984).