This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

July 16
Sterling Moss wins his first Grand Prix, the British at Aintree, driving a Mercedes-Benz W196 (1955).

July 17
Five-time Grand Prix driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio dies of pneumonia and liver failure (1995).

July 18
Jim Clark drives a Lotus 33 to victory in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort (1965).

July 19
Lee Petty runs his last NASCAR race, at Watkins Glen, New York, USA (1964).

July 20
Mark Donohue drives a Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the SCCA Trans-Am race at Bryar Motorsports Park in Loudon, New Hampshire, USA (1969).

July 21
Gerrard Larrouse and Henri Pescarolo drive a Matra MS670 to victory in 6-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen, New York, USA. Matra clinches the World Championship of Makes title. This is the final sportscar race to see a works Ferrari entered (1973).

July 22
First auto competition involving more than one vehicle is held. The Peugeot of Lemaitre and the Panhard-Lavosser of Lavosser shared the win in the Paris-to-Rouen event, which was awarded to the vehicle that covered the 80 km "without danger" and "an ease of handling and economy" (1894).