People in this week in racing history include: Barry Sheene, Henry Seagrave, Jeff Gordon, Phil Walters, Mike Hawthorn, Lee Petty, Ayrton Senna and the Granatelli turbine-powered Indy car.
This Week in Racing History
Two-time 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Barry Sheene dies from cancer at age 52 (2003).
Henry Seagrave, driving the Napier Lion powered Golden Arrow, sets a new 1-mile land speed record of 231.446 MPH on the sand at Daytona Beach, Florida, USA (1929).
Jeff Gordon wins the NASCAR Winston Cup Purolator 500 at Atlanta, Georgia, USA (1995).
Phil Walters and Mike Hawthorn drive the Briggs Cunningham entered Jaguar D-Type to victory in the 12-Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Florida, USA (1955).
Lee Petty, stock car racer and father of Richard Petty, is born (1914).
Ayrton Senna wins his first Formula Ford race, at Brands Hatch, England (1981).
The Granatelli turbine-powered Indy car is unveiled to the press (1967).