This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

September 18
Minardi F1 team founder Giancarlo Minardi born (1947).

September 19
The Coppa Nissena Hillclimb in Italy is won by Clemente Ravetto driving a Ferrari 250 GTO (1965).

September 20
Top Fuel drag racer Darrell Russell is born in Houston, Texas, USA (1968).

September 21
Mark Donohue, driving a Chevrolet Camaro, beats Parnelli Jones, driving a Ford Mustang, by 2.17 seconds to win the Sears Point 200 Trans-Am race at Sears Point, California, USA. The win clinches Chevy's second straight Trans-Am title. After spraying the crowd in victory circle with champagne, Donohue picked up a garden hose and continued his celebration. His team owner, Roger Penske, locked himself in a street car with the windows rolled up to escape the antics (1969).

September 22
Lucien Bianci and Olivier Gendebien drive a Ferrari Berlinetta to victory in the Tour de France rally (1957).

September 23
The SCCA Modified Sportscar race at Watkins Glen, New York, USA, is won by Walt Hansgen driving a Maserati Tipo 61 (1960).

September 24
Emerson Fittipaldi drives a Penske PC-18 to victory in the CART Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, USA (1989).