This Week in Racing History

May 28

Two-time F1 World Champion Emmerson Fittipaldi wins the Indy 500 (1989).

Bobby Labonte wins the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, for his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory (1995).

May 29

The fifth Indianapolis 500 is the first to be postpaned by rain. Race is run two days later (1915).

Bernd Mylander born (1971).

In the first full run of the Porsche 917-10 Can-Am rcaer, in a secret test session, Mark Donohue laps Mosport Park, in Canada, three seconds a lap faster than the existing Formula One record (1972).

Tom Sneva wins the Indy 500. Race rookies include Al Unser Jr., writer Pat Bedard, and pole sitter and Indy Rookie of the year Teo Fabi (1984).

May 30

Frank Lockhart drives the Perfect Circle Special to Indianaplois 500 win (1927).

Mario Andretti drives to a 3-lap victory in the Indy 500 in a Hawk-Ford, the same car he finished last in the year before. Car owner Andy Granatelli kisses him in Victory Lane (1969).

Floyd Roberts dies in wreck during the Indianapolis 500 (1939).

May 31

Gaston Chevrolet, driving a Monroe, wins the Indy 500 (1920).

F1 racer Andrea deCesaris born (1959).

Bobby Rahal wins the first indy 500 to be run in under three hours (1986).

June 1

F1 and sportscar racer Martin Brundle born (1959).

Greg Moore wins the Miller 200 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for his first CART victory (1997).

NASCAR approves new Monte Carlo for use in 2000 Winston cup season (1999).

June 2

Bruce McLaren is killed in wreck testing McLaren M8D Can-Am racer at Goodwood, England (1970).

June 3

World of Outlaw driver Steve Kinser born (1955).

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