This Week in Racing History (March 20-26)

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

Elio De Angelis
Elio De Angelis

Photo by: Jean-Philippe Legrand

March 20
F1 driver Elio de Angelis born in Rome, Italy (1958).

March 21
Juan M. Fangio II and Andy Wallace drive an AAR Eagle-Toyota to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring, giving Toyota their first international endurance race victory (1992).

March 22
Ferrari 312P debuts at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Chris Amon and Mario Andretti drive it to a second place finish behind the Ford GT40 of Jackies Ickx and Oliver (1969).

March 23
Don Garlits becomes the first NHRA Top Fuel driver to run 270 mph when he goes 272.56 mph at Gainesville, Florida, USA (1986).

March 24
Buddy Baker drives a Dodge Charger Daytona to a new World Closed Course Speed Record of 200.447 mph at Talledega International Speedway in Talledega, Alabama, USA (1970).

March 25
Wilhelm Werner drives a Mercedes to victory in a 244 mile race from Nice to Aix, Senas, Salon, and back to Nice at an average speed of 36.1 mph during the Nice, France, "Week of Speed" (1901).

March 26
The first Mille Miglia is flagged off at 8:00 am in Brescia, Italy (1927).