This Week in Racing History (October 9-15)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker October 9 Gus Andrey drives a Maserati Tipo 61 to victory in a sports car race at Thompson, Connecticut, USA (1960), October 10 James Hunt wins the USGP at Watkins Glen, New York, in a McLaren M23 ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

October 9
Gus Andrey drives a Maserati Tipo 61 to victory in a sports car race at Thompson, Connecticut, USA (1960),

October 10
James Hunt wins the USGP at Watkins Glen, New York, in a McLaren M23 (1976).

October 11
Jo Siffert and Brian Redman drive a Gulf Porsche 917K to victory in the 1000 KM race at the Osterreichring in West Germany (1970).

October 12
Don Prudhomme sets an NHRA Funny Car elapse time record of 5.982 seconds at Ontario, California, USA. This is the first time a Funny Car has officially traveled the 1/4-mile in under 6 seconds (1975).

October 13
Tom Alley wins a 20-mile sprint race on a 2-mile track in Chicago driving a Miller-engined Pan-American (1917).


October 14
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts wins the National 400 NASCAR stockcar race at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA (1962).

October 15
British Royal Air Force fighter pilot Andy Green becomes the first man to officially break the sound barrier on land when he averages 763.04 mph (1220.86 kph) in two passes in the Thrust SSC (1997).

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