This Week in Racing History

September 27 - Howard Millican, ace Indycar fabricator, machinist, and general innovator dies after a long illnes (1995).

September 28 - Dragracer Gene Snow born (1937).

- Pre-war Grand Prix great Rudolph Caracciola dies of cancer (1959).

- F1 racer Mika Hakkinen born (1968).

September 29 - Jimmy Reece dies in wreck during USAC Championship race at Trenton, New Jersey, USA (1958).

September 30 - Sportscar and F1 racer Jochen Mass born (1946).

- Sportcar racer Al Holbert dies in light-plane crash near Columbis, Ohio, USA (1988).

October 1 - Robert and Carolyn Yates buy Harry Ranier's NASCAR Winston Cup stockcar race team (1988).

- David Bruce-Brown, first Amercian to win an international Grand Prix, dies in practice crash for the American Grand Prize race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1912).

October 2 - Jim Clark wins the USGP at Watkins Glen, New York. Only GP victory for the BRM H16 engine (1966).

- Niki Lauda finishes fourth in the USGP East at Watkins Glen, to clinch his second F1 World Title (1977).

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