This Week in Racing History (April 1-7)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker April 1 Moises Solana wins the USRRC race in Mexico City, Mexico (1968). Ford introduces the 428 CobraJet V-8 engine (1968). April 2 Porsche 356A, chassis number 100017, a car that will later be...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

April 1
Moises Solana wins the USRRC race in Mexico City, Mexico (1968).


Ford introduces the 428 CobraJet V-8 engine (1968).

April 2
Porsche 356A, chassis number 100017, a car that will later be raced by Jim Clark, emerges from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart, West Germany (1957).


Fred Lorenzen, the first stockcar racer to win $100,000 in a single season, retires (1967).

April 3
David Pearson drives a Cotton Owens prepared Chevy to victory in the NASCAR Hickory 250 at Hickory Speedway in North Carolina, USA (1966).

April 4
Dick Johnson wins the 3-heat Rothman's Sports Sedan Challenge in Lakeside, Australia (1976).


John W. Rollins, one of the founders of Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, USA, dies at age 83 (2000).

April 5
Jim Clark wins the unlimited sportscar race and the Formula Libre race at Full Sutton, England (1958).


Co-publisher (with her husband) of Road & Track magazine Elaine Bond dies from a brain tumor at age 59 (1984).

April 6
Rusty Wallace wins the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Bristol, Tennessee, USA, for his first Cup victory (1986).

April 7
Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, dies (1947).


Jim Clark dies in crash during an F2 race at the Nurburgring in Germany (1968).

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Series History
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Jim Clark , Henry Ford , Dick Johnson , David Pearson , Fred Lorenzen