This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

May 8
Gilles Villeneuve dies in a practice accident before Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder (1982).

May 9
Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver drive their Wyer-Gulf Porsche 917K to victory in the 1000 Kilometer race at Spa, Belgium. Their average speed of 154.8 mph still stands today as the fastest road race ever (1971).

May 10
Colin Edwards wins both races at Monza, Italy, for his first World Superbike victories (1998).

May 11
Peter Kox and Robert Ravaglia drive a McLaren F1 to victory in the FIA GT race at Silverstone, England (1997).

May 12
To celebrate the opening of the new, shorter Nurburgring, Mercedes organizes a race between established and up and coming racers, including nine world champions, in street legal 190Es. The race winner is virtual unknown and F1 rookie Aryton Senna (1984).

May 13
Edoardo Lualdi drives a Ferrari 250 GTO to victory in the Coppa Asiago in Itay (1962).

May 14
Kim Campbell wins the Bosch-VW Super Vee race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (1989).