This Week in Racing History
David Coulthard wins the Australian Grand Prix in a Mercedes powered McLaren. First Mercedes Formula One victory since Juan Fangio won the 1955 Italian Grand Prix (1997).
NASCAR stockcar racer Matt Kenseth born (1972).
Gordon Johncock wins the first race staged by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), at Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1979).
Dick Johnson drives a Ford Sierra to victory in the ATCC Group A race at Symmons Plains, Tasmania, Australia. Mark Gibbs wins the Group E race in a Toyota Supra Turbo (1989).
Sportscar and Indianapolis 500 racer Lynn St. James born in Willoughby, Ohio, USA (1947).
Lee Petty, stockcar racer and father of Richard Petty, is born (1914).
Formula One racer Jack Fairman born in Smallfield, Surrey, England (1913).