This Week in Racing History
Louis Wagner drives his Benz to victory in the first American Grand Prize race, in Savanah, Georgia (1908).
Mario Andretti wins the USAC Sprint Car race on the dirt track at Manzanita, California, USA (1966).
The first organized auto race in America, originally scheduled for November 2, is run in Chicago. The "Chicago Times-Herald Contest", organized by the Times-Herald's owner, H.H.Kohlsaat, was contested by six cars, two of which were electric powered. The cars left at different intervals, with J. Frank Duryea the first to leave. Duryea won the 54 mile run from Chicago to Elgin and back in a time of 7 hours 53 minutes. He was awarded $2000 for the win (1895).
Willy Mairesse wins the Angolan Grand Prix for sports cars in Luanda driving a Ferrari 250LM (1964).
Gulf Research Racing, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier in the year (and had won it twice previously as John Wyer Automotive Engineering), closes its doors (1975).
Scuderia Ferrari is formed (1929).
Jack Hinkle drives a Maserati Tipo 61 to victory in a sports car race at Tucson, Arizona (1961).