This Week in Racing History

June 11
CART driver Alex Barron Born (1970).


Mark Donohue debuts the Penske Porsche 917/10K in Can-Am race at Mosport, Canada (1972).

June 12
A Cadillac wins the first race sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (1909).

June 13
The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts with the cars in echelon formation, but for the first time in history, the drivers do not run to their cars at the start (1970).

June 14
Dickie Attwood and Hans Herrmann win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 917K. Porsche's first overall win at Le Mans. Martini "Hippy" Porsche 917L of Gerrard Larrouse and Willie Kauhsen is second. Attwood was suffering from the mumps during race. Herrmann retires after race (1970).

June 15
Ernie Irvan wins the Miller 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race in Brooklyn, Michigan, USA, the scene of his near fatal crash three years earlier (1997).

June 17
Ray Keech dies in crash during AAA championship race at Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA (1929).

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