This week in racing history (1997-10-26)

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker October 26 World of Outlaws driver Sammy Swindell born (1955). October 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman dies (1977). October 28 Craig Breedlove drives the Shell Spirit of America LSR...

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker

October 26
World of Outlaws driver Sammy Swindell born (1955).

October 27
Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman dies (1977).

October 28
Craig Breedlove drives the Shell Spirit of America LSR vehicle to a speed of 675 mph in the Blackrock Desert before a gust of wind causes him to lose control and crash. Breedlove is not hurt but car sustains .5 million dollars in damages (1996).

October 30
Three-time Indy 500 winner Wilbur Shaw dies in the crash of a single-engine airplane in a cornfield near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the time of his death (1954).

October 31
Johnny Rutherford wins Texas 200 in a McLaren-Offenhauser. Last USAC Championship victory for a Drake-Offenhauser engine (1976).

November 1
Eddie Rickenbacker takes control of th Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1923).

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Drivers Sammy Swindell , Johnny Rutherford