This Week in Racing History

June 28 - Mike Skinner born (1957).

- Dan Gurney wins the French Grand Prix in a Brabham-Climax. First win for the Brabham marque (1964).

June 29 - Harry Schell, the first American to score F1 World Championship points, born (1921).

- Jimmy Snyder dies in accident during Midget race at Cahokia, Illinois, USA (1939).

- Felice Bonetto wins the Targa Florio in a Lancia Aurelia (1952).

June 30 - Grand Prix great Achille Varzi dies of natural causes (1948).

- Gil de Ferran wins the CART Indycar race at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Last win as an owner for Jim Hall, who retires at the end of the season (1996).

July 1 - Peter Cunningham born (1962).

- Bobby Unser, driving an Eagle, wins his first USAC Championship race, at Mosport, Ontario, Canada (1967).

July 2 - J. Walter Christie dives his Christie WC-5 in ACF Grand Prix at Dieppe. First US built car, front-wheel drive car, transverse engine, and V4 engine to race in an international Grand Prix. At 1255 cubic inches, it had the largest motor in Grand Prix history (1907).

- "King" Richard Petty, the greatest stockcar racer ever, born (1937).

- California sportscar racer Dave Ridenour killed in sprintcar race at Calistoga, California, USA (1966).

June 3 - Michael Kranefuss, NASCAR team owner and one-time head of racing at Ford, born (1938).

- Derek Bennett drives a Chevron B1 to victory in Clubmans Formula event in Kirkstown, Northern Ireland. First time a Chevron entered in compitition (1965).

June 4 - Carroll Shelby meets Dave Evans of Ford at Pikes Peak. Evans will later help Shelby get Ford engines for his Cobras (1961).

- Roland Ratzenberger born (1960).

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