People in this week in racing history include: Gilles Villeneuve, Jimmy Vasser, Harvey Postlethwaite, Don Yenko, Bob Akin, Maurice Trintignant, and Michael Bartels.
This Week in Racing History
Gilles Villeneuve wins the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in a Ferrari 312T4 (1979).
Jimmy Vasser drives his Reynard-Honda to victory in the CART race in Homestead, Florida, USA. First CART win for Vasser and first CART race at Homestead (1996).
Formula car designer Harvey Postlethwaite born (1944).
Don Yenko, racer, Chevrolet dealer, and muscle car creator, dies in a plane crash (1987).
Sports car and historic racer Bob Akin born (1936).
Maurice Trintignant drives a Ferrari 500 to a 2-liter class victory (2nd overall) in the Grand Prix of Senegal at Dakar (1954).
Touring car racer Michael Bartels born (1968).