This Week in Racing History (May 6-12)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker May 6 Peter Brock wins the ATCC race at Wanneroo, Australia, in a Holden Torana (1979). Penske Team Manager Chuck Sprague is summoned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George's office...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

May 6
Peter Brock wins the ATCC race at Wanneroo, Australia, in a Holden Torana (1979).


Penske Team Manager Chuck Sprague is summoned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George's office and scolded for calling the Indy Racing League, set to compete in the following year, the "Inbread Racing League" (1995).

May 7
Mike Spence dies in a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 (1968).


Dick Johnson drives a Ford Sierra to victory in the ATCC Group A race in Mallada, South Australia. Ken Douglas wins the Group E race in a Toyota Supra (1989).

May 8
Tony Adamowicz passes his rookie test for the Indy 500 (1970).


Gilles Villeneuve, F1 racer and father of future F1 champion Jacque Villeneuve, dies in a crash during the Belgian Grand Prix (1982).

May 9
Fred Lorenzen wins the Rebel 300 NASCAR stockcar race (1964).

May 10
Darrell Waltrip scores his first NASCAR Winston Cup win (1975).


Two-time Indianaoplis 500 winner Gordon Johncock announces his retirement (1985).

May 11
Ferrari 125S, the first Ferrari, runs for the first time, on the Piacenza Circuit in Italy (1947).

May 12
Final NASCAR Convertible race takes place. Nelson Stacy wns the race at Darlington International Raceway (1962).


Art Pollard dies in a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 (1973).

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Series History
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Gilles Villeneuve , Tony George , Gordon Johncock , Peter Brock , Dick Johnson , Tony Adamowicz , Fred Lorenzen