This Week in Racing History
Team McLaren participates in their last Can-Am race. Peter Revson finishes second and Denny Hulme DNFs at Riverside, California, USA. The race is won by George Follmer in a Penske Porsche 917/10K (1972).
Nelson Piquet cliches the F1 World Driving Championship when his only title rival, Nigel Mansell, is injured in a crash during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Mansell will miss the final two races of the season because of his injuries (1987).
Paul Derkum wins the first San Diego, California, to Phoenix, Arizona, motorcycle road race on an Indian (1913).
Ricardo Rodriguez dies on the way to the hospital after crashing his Lotus during practice for the non-championship Mexican Grand Prix (1962).
The Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company holds a press conference in Carmel, California, USA, to announce the formation of the Bud Moore Cougar Trans-Am team (1966).
Ayrton Senna wins the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide in a McLaren-Honda (1991).
F3000 and Champ Car racer Bruno Junqueira born (1976).