This Week in Racing History (Mach 26-April1)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker March 26 Driving a Porsche 356 Speedster, actor James Dean wins the first formal auto race he enters, a qualifying race during the California Sports Car Club event at Palms Springs, California, USA ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

March 26
Driving a Porsche 356 Speedster, actor James Dean wins the first formal auto race he enters, a qualifying race during the California Sports Car Club event at Palms Springs, California, USA (1955).

March 27
The first Porsche 956 is driven for the first time by Jurgen Barth at the Weissach test track in Germany (1982).

March 28
The Coliseum Motordrome in Los Angeles, California, USA, opens with Jake De Rosier setting four motorcycle world records (1909).

March 29
Geoff Duke, four-time 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, is born in St. Helens, Lancashire, England (1923).

March 30
Len Sutton wins his first USAC Champ Car event, the 100-mile race at Trenton, New Jersey, USA, driving the Central Excavating Kuzma dirt car (1958).

March 31
Rally driver Toni Gardemeister born in Kouvola, Finland (1975).

April 1
The Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HSR is homologated for rallying (1980).

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Drivers Toni Gardemeister , Jürgen Barth