This week in racing history (1997-12-07)

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker December 7 Bob Tullius born (1936). NASCAR racer Lee Roy Yarbrough dies of natural causes (1984). December 8 George Snider born (1940). December 9 Daniel MacKinlay Jr., driving a Spyker, and L. de...

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker

December 7
Bob Tullius born (1936).


NASCAR racer Lee Roy Yarbrough dies of natural causes (1984).

December 8
George Snider born (1940).

December 9
Daniel MacKinlay Jr., driving a Spyker, and L. de Dantos, driving a Daracq, finish in a dead-heat in the first documented auto compitition in Argentina, a trial from Buenos Aires to Tigre (1906).

December 10
Sportscar racer Price Cobb born (1954).


Having not raced since August due to a wrist injury, Rick Mears announces his retirement from racing (1992).

December 11
Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche born (1935).


Joseph R. Cloutier, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dies (1989).

December 12
F1 and Indycar great Emerson Fittipaldi born in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1946).


Bruce McLaren drives his Cooper-Climax to victory at the first USGP, at Sebring, Florida. His teammate, Jack Brabham, clinches the World Grand Prix driving title with his fourth place finish. Field includes Porsche RSK and Kurtis-Offy sprintcar (1959).

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Drivers Bruce McLaren , Rick Mears , Emerson Fittipaldi , Price Cobb , Jack Brabham , Bob Tullius