This Week in Racing History

September 6 - Syd Watkins born (1928).

- Second Peking-to-Paris Motor Challenge begins 90 years after the first. Oldest car entered was a 1907 La France Hooper (1997).

September 7 - NASCAR stockcar racer Donnie Allison born (1939).

- Gary Gabelich records first 7 second (7.99 seconds) 1/4 mile run at Lions Dragstrip (1963).

September 8 - Two-time F1 World Champion Nelson Piquet makes his 200th Grand Prix start at the Italian GP at Monza (1991).

- Alex Zanardi wins the CART Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway with "The Pass" of Bryan Herta on the last lap. Zanardi's teammate, Jimmy Vasser clinches the CART PPG Cup (1996).

September 9 - Matteo Ceirano wins the first Coppa Florio (1905).

- Zora Arkus-Duntov drives a Corvette up Pikes Peak in a record breaking time of 17 minutes, 24.05 seconds (1955).

September 10 - Carlo Maserati wins the Brescia to Orzinouvi motorcycle road race (1899).

- The second Italian Grand Prix, and the first to be run at Monza, won by Pietro Bordino in a Fiat 804-404 (1922).

September 11 - World of Outlaw racer Johnny Herrera born (1966).

Bruno Giacomelli makes his F1 debut, driving a March, in the Italina GP at Monza (1977).

September 12 - Jimmy Gleason dies in accident during practice for AAA Championship race at Syracuse, New York, USA (1931).

- NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ricky Rudd born (1956).

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Michael Stucker