This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

May 11
Alain Prost wins the Monaco Grand Prix in a McLaren MP4/2C-TAG (1986).

May 12
Adam Petty, son of Kyle and grandson of Richard, dies in a crash during practice for the Busch Grand National race at New Hampshire International Raceway in Loudon, New Hampshire, USA (2000).

May 13
Mark Donohue records the first sub-50 second lap (49.73 seconds) and first 180 mph lap (180.977 mph) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1971).

May 14
Jean-Pierre Beltoise wins his only, and BRM's last, Formula One race when he wins the rain soaked Monaco Grand Prix (1972).

May 15
The second Lola T810 (Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo) built is shipped from England to Electromotive Engineering in California, USA (1985).

May 16
Alfa Romeo T33/3s finish 1-2 in the Targa Florio road race held in Sicily, Italy, with Nino Vaccarella/Tonie Hezemans ahead of Ande de Adamich/Gij van Lennep (1971).

May 17
Writer and pre-WWII grand prix winner Hans Ruesch is born in Naples, Italy. He wrote "The Racer", which was made into a movie starring Kirk Douglas (1913).