This Week in Racing History
Graham Hill dies in the crash of an airplane he was piloting, at Arley, Hertfordshire, England, when it hit trees in fog. Tony Brise, driver for Hill's F1 racing team, also dies in the crash (1975).
CART team owners elect Pat Patrick as their first president and announce that they will run their own races, without USAC sanction (1978).
Dan Gurney drives a Ford-Weslake-powered Eagle to victory in the USAC Championship race at Riverside, California, USA (1968).
Leo Mehl named to head Indy Racing League (1996).
NASCAR legend Bobby Allison born (1937).
Stirling Moss, driving an Aston Martin DBR2, wins the Governor's Trophy race at Nassau in the Bahamas (1959).
Don Panoz, founder of Panoz Auto Development, is presented with the John Bolster Award for technical excellence at the Autosport Awards Banquet for successfully bringing front-engined cars back to top-flight sports car racing (1999).