This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker
Bobby Hamilton drives a Petty Pontiac Grand Prix to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1996).
Sitges, the first permanent racetrack built in Spain, opens. Similar in configuration to Brooklands, it was abandoned after a few races because of poorly designed banking (1923).
John Force wins his tenth NHRA Funny Car championship. Angelle Sealing becomes the first woman to win the NHRA Pro Stock Bike title (2000).
Wilbur Shaw, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dies in a plane crash in Decatur, Indiana, USA (1954).
Le Mans champion Derek Bell born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (1941).
The Vauxhall Chevette 2600 HS is homologated as a Group 4 rally car even though the required 400 road cars had not been built. This fact went unchallenged for over a year (1976).
The Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company holds a press conference in Carmel, California, USA, to announce the formation of the Bud Moore Mercury Cougar Trans-Am series racing team (1966).