his Week in Racing History (May 15-21)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker May 15 John Force becomes the first NHRA Funny Car driver to exceed 320 mph when his Castrol Ford Mustang runs 323.35 mph at the end of the 1/4 mile in Englishtown, New Jersey, USA (1998). May 16 The...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

May 15
John Force becomes the first NHRA Funny Car driver to exceed 320 mph when his Castrol Ford Mustang runs 323.35 mph at the end of the 1/4 mile in Englishtown, New Jersey, USA (1998).

May 16
The Porsche 956 makes its race debut in the World Endurance Championship 6-hour race at Silverstone, England, with Jackie Ickx and Derek Bell starting on pole and winning the Group C class while a Group 6 Lancia LC1 wins overall (1982).

May 17
Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-TAG MP4/3, wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa (1987).

May 18
Peter Gethin, driving a Chevron B28, wins the non-championship Race of Champions at Brand Hatch, England. Only F1 win for Chevron (1974).

May 19
Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, founder of Lotus, born in Richmond, Surrey, England (1928).

May 20
Richard Petty wins the NASCAR Winston Cup stockcar race at Dover, Delaware, USA (1984).

May 21
Dick Johnson drives a Ford Sierra to victory in the Australian Touring Car Championship Group A race at Sandown, Victoria, Australia. Ken Douglas wins the Group E race in a Toyota Supra (1989).

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Series History
Drivers John Force , Richard Petty , Alain Prost , Derek Bell , Ken Douglas , Dick Johnson , Peter Gethin