this Week in Racing History (June 17-23)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker www.vintageRPM.com June 17 Alfonso de Portago, driving a Ferrari 857S, wins the sports car race at Oporto (1956). June 18 Bill Blair wins the 100-mile NASCAR stockcar race on the 1/2-mile dirt...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker
www.vintageRPM.com

June 17
Alfonso de Portago, driving a Ferrari 857S, wins the sports car race at Oporto (1956).

June 18
Bill Blair wins the 100-mile NASCAR stockcar race on the 1/2-mile dirt track in Vernon, New York, USA. First NASCAR win for Mercury (1950).

June 19
Ford GT40s finish 1-2-3 as Ford wins their first 24 Hours of Le Mans. Bruce McLaren & Chris Amon first, Denny Hulme & Ken Miles second, and Ronnie Bucknum & Dick Hutcherson third (1966).

June 20
Saverio de Bartolo, driving an Ansaldo, wins the first Coppa della Sila road race, at an average speed of 30.3 mph/48.8 kph (1926).

June 21
Enzo Ferrari announces that he has sold his auto company to Fiat (1969).

June 22
James Hunt wins the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. First GP win for Hunt and only GP win for Hesketh Racing (1975).

June 23
Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot drive a Mazda 787 to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. First and only win for a rotary engined car and for a Japanese automaker at Le Mans (1991).

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