This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

May 21
Alejandro De Tomaso, founder of De Tomaso Automobili, dies at the age of 74 in Modena, Italy (2003).

May 22
Enoch Staley, founder of the North Wilkesboro Speedway NASCAR stockcar race track, dies of a stroke in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA (1995).

May 23
John Surtees and Ludovico Scafiotti drive a Ferrari 330P2 to victory in the 1000km World Prototype Championship race on the Nurburgring in West Germany (1965).

May 24
Kyle Petty wins the NASCAR World 600 stockcar race (1987).

May 25
Franco Cortese gives Ferrari their first race win when he drives 125 Sport chassis 01C to victory on the Caracella Baths circuit in Rome, Italy (1947).

May 26
Rick Mears wins his fourth Indianapolis 500. Jeff Andretti finishes fifth and becomes the third member of his family named Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. Hiro Matsushita, the first Japanese driver in the 500, finishes 16th. Willie T. Ribbs, the first black driver in the race, finishes 32nd. Last Indy 500 for A.J. Foyt Jr. as a driver (1991).

May 27
Bob Morris drives a Mazda RX7 to victory in the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Oran Park, Australia (1984).