This Week in Racing History (October 27-November 2)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker October 27 Bobby Hamilton drives a Petty Pontiac Grand Prix to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1996). October 28 Sitges, the first permanent racetrack built in ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

October 27
Bobby Hamilton drives a Petty Pontiac Grand Prix to victory in the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1996).

October 28
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).

October 29
John Force wins his tenth NHRA Funny Car championship. Angelle Sealing becomes the first woman to win the NHRA Pro Stock Bike title (2000).

October 30
Wilbur Shaw, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dies in a plane crash in Decatur, Indiana, USA (1954).

October 31
Le Mans champion Derek Bell born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (1941).

November 1
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).

November 2
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).

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