This Week in Racing History (March 30-April 5)

This Week in Racing History March 30 - Lucien Bianchi dies in accident during pre-race practice for Le Mans (1969). March 31 - Jon Beekhuis, Indycar racer and TV commentator, born (1960). - Indianapolis champion Ralph ...

This Week in Racing History

March 30 - Lucien Bianchi dies in accident during pre-race practice for Le Mans (1969).

March 31 - Jon Beekhuis, Indycar racer and TV commentator, born (1960).

- Indianapolis champion Ralph DePalma dies of natural causes (1966).

April 1 - Nascar Winston Cup Champion Alan Kulwicki dies in plane crash near Bristol, Tennesee (1993).

April 2 - World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen born (1959).

- Multiple Formula 1 Champion Jack Brabham born (1926).

April 3 - Frank Dernie born (1950).

- Fermin Velez born (1959).

April 4 - NASCAR founder Willian C. France born (1933).

- Bob Burman wins a match race at Ascot in California driving a Peugeot powered by a Harry Miller built engine. First race win for a Miller built engine (1915).

April 5 - Mike Bliss born (1956).

- Jackie Stewart tells his team owner, Ken Tyrrell, that he will retire from racing at the end of the season (1973).

Please disregard the Jochen Rindt birthday from about two weeks ago. I misread a 4 as a 3. His birthday is in April.

Previous issues of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

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Drivers Lucien Bianchi , Jackie Stewart , Ralph DePalma , Juha Kankkunen , Mike Bliss , Stéphane Ratel , Jack Brabham , Fermin Velez , Frank Dernie , Alan Kulwicki , Jochen Rindt