This Week in Racing History (June 13-19)

This Week in Racing History June 13 - NASCAR team owner Harry Melling born (1944). - Nelson Piquet and Ricardo Patrese finish 1-2 in the Canadian GP. Last 1-2 finish for Brabham and first F1 win for BMW...

This Week in Racing History

June 13 - NASCAR team owner Harry Melling born (1944).

- Nelson Piquet and Ricardo Patrese finish 1-2 in the Canadian GP. Last 1-2 finish for Brabham and first F1 win for BMW (1982).

- Danny Sullivan gets his last CART victory, at Detroit, Michigan, USA (1993).

June 14 - Richard Petty appears to win his first NASCAR Grand National race, at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The second place finisher, his father Lee, protests. After officials revue the scoring, they declare Lee the winner and Richard second (1959).

- Ron Grable drives a Lola to victory in the Laguna Seca, California, USA, SCCA Formula Continental race (1970).

- Jackie Ickx and Derek Bell drive a Porsche 936 to victory in the 24-Hours of Le Mans. They cover 2997.5 miles at an average speed of 125.30 mph (1981).

June 15 - David Pearson wins the Motorstate 400 NASCAR race at Riverside, California, USA (1975).

June 17 - Fonty Flock dies of cancer (1972).

June 18 - Robert Benoist, 1927 World Champion and WWII French resistance leader, arrested by the Gestapo while traveling to Paris (1944).

June 19 - Rudolf Caracciola drives a Mercedes-Benz 680 to win in the first race on the Nurburging in Germany (1922).

- Lee Petty finishes 17th in his first NASCAR race after rolling his racer, a '48 Buick Roadmaster borrowed from a neighbor (1949).

Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

Michael Stucker stucker@$sugar-land.spc.slb.com Remove "$" from email address above. Copyright Michael J. Stucker 1999 www.flash.net/~cstucker

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Drivers Danny Sullivan , Richard Petty , Nelson Piquet , Derek Bell , David Pearson , Lee Petty