This Week in Racing History
May 31 - Walter Baker becomes the first man to unofficially exceed 100 mph over 1 km in his electric powered "Torpedo". A wreck at the end of his run prevented it from becoming an official record (1902).
- Jo Bonnier wins the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort to give BRM their first Grand Prix win (1959).
June 1 - Ron Dennis, present head of Team McLaren, is born (1947).
- Jo Gartner dies in accident during the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1986).
June 2 - NASCAR Winston Cup racer Kyle Petty born (1960).
- Swede Savage dies of injuries sustained three days earlier during the Indianapolis 500 (1973).
June 3 - Barney Oldfield born in Toledo, Ohio (1878).
June 4 - First recorded organized midget race held at Hughs Stadium in Sacramento, California (1933).
- Offroad racer Ivan Stewart born (1945).
June 5 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens with a ballooning compitition (1909).
- NASCAR's Gary Nelson born (1953).
June 6 - Louis Chevrolet dies of natural causes (1941).
- Dave Strickler, 1960s drag racer ("Old Reliable" Chevy) dies of a heart attack while mowing his lawn in York, Pennsylvania (1985).
Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).
Michael Stucker Anadrill Schlumberger, Sugar Land, Texas stucker@$sugar-land.spc.slb.com Remove "$" from email address above. Copyright Michael J. Stucker 1998
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