This Week in Racing History
Brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez drive a Ferrari 250GT SWB to victory in the Paris 1000 KM race at Montlhery, France (1961).
Dick Atkins wins the USAC Championship race on the dirt track in Sacramento, California, USA, in a Watson-Offy. Mario Andretti finishes tenth but clinches his second straight USAC Championship title (1966).
Juan Manuel Fangio drives a Mercedes-Benz W196 to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes (1954).
Dan Gurney wins the Mexican Grand Prix in a Brabham-Climax. Last Grand Prix for Phil Hill. John Surtees clinches the F1 Driving Championship (1964).
Barney Oldfield, driving a Knox, sweeps all three heats run of a best-of-five match race against heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, driving a Thomas Flyer. The event is held on a 1-mile dirt track at Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn), New York, USA (1910).
Bruce McLaren, driving a McLaren M8A-Chevrolet, wins the Can-Am race at Riverside, California, USA (1968).
Craig Breedlove drives the Shell Spirit of America LSR vehicle to a speed of 675 mph in the Blackrock Desert before a gust of wind causes him to lose control and crash. Breedlove is not hurt but car sustains 1/2 million dollars in damages (1996).