This Week in Racing History (July 29-August 4)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker July 30 Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, born (1863). Scott Pruett wins the Marlboro 500 at Brooklyn, Michigan, USA, for his first CART win. It is also Firestone Tire's first...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

July 30
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, born (1863).


Scott Pruett wins the Marlboro 500 at Brooklyn, Michigan, USA, for his first CART win. It is also Firestone Tire's first Indycar win after being away for over 20 years (1995).

July 31
Al Holbert wins the IMSA sportscar race at Portland, Oregon, USA (1983).

August 1
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits becomes the first dragracer to run the 1/4 mile at over 200 mph. He drives his Swamprat dragster to 201.34 mph at Island Dragway in New Jersey, USA (1964).


Gerhard Mitter dies in a testing crash at the Nurburgring in Germany (1969).

August 2
Brian Redman wins the IMSA sportscar race at Portland, Oregon, in a Lola T600 (1981).

August 3
Mike Skinner starts on pole, leads every lap, and wins the NASCAR Supertruck race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indiana, USA (1995).

August 4
NASCAR stockcar race Jeff Gordon born (1971).

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Drivers Jeff Gordon , Mike Skinner , Scott Pruett , Henry Ford , Al Holbert , Don Garlits , Brian Redman