This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

October 8
American George Heath, driving a French Panhard, wins the first Vanderbuilt Cup Race, on Long Island in New York, USA (1904).

October 9
Mario Andretti drives in his final CART Champ Car race. He DNFs while lying seventh. Paul Tracy wins the race at Laguna Seca, California, USA (1994).

October 10
The Chaparral 2C racer is publicly introduced (1965).

October 11
Don Garlits becomes the first NHRA driver to exceed 250 mph in the quarter-mile in a Top Fuel dragster when he runs 250.69 mph at Ontario, California, USA (1975).

October 12
Bruce McLaren wins and Denny Hulme is second, both driving McLaren M8B-Chevrolets, in the Laguna Seca, California, USA, Can-Am race. It is the seventh 1-2 finish by Team McLaren during the season (1969).

October 13
First event held at Michigan International Speedway is a 250-mile USAC Championship race (1968).

October 14
Bernd Rosemeyer, Grand Prix driver between the wars, is born at Lingen an der Ems, Germany (1909).