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

From left: Bruce McLaren, Henry Ford II and Chris Amon on the victory podium after the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans
From left: Bruce McLaren, Henry Ford II and Chris Amon on the victory podium after the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

Photo by: Ford Motor Company

March 13
Tazio Nuvolari drives a Bugatti 35C to victory in the Grand Prix of Tripoli for his first international auto racing win (1928).

March 14
Lee Petty, stock car racer and father of Richard Petty, is born (1914).

March 15
Bruce McLaren leaves New Zealand for England, where he will drive for John Cooper. His good friend and mechanic Colin Beanland accompanies him (1958).

March 16
Barney Oldfield drives a Benz to a One-Mile Speed record 131.724 mph (1910).

March 17
Bill Elliot wins the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in a Ford Thunderbird (1985).

March 18
Bobby Unser wins the USAC Champinship Race at Phoenix, Arixona, USA, driving an Offenhauser-powered AAR Eagle (1972).

March 19
Jo Bonnier and Hughes de Fierladt drive a Lola T280 to victory in the 4-hour race held during the Le Mans test weekend (1972).