This Week in Racing History (April 14-20)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker April 14 Jule de Dion, auto builder and one of the founders of the Auto Club de France, dies (1897). April 15 USAC Champ Car racer Mel Kenyon born (1933). April 16 Dick Johnson drives a Ford ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

April 14
Jule de Dion, auto builder and one of the founders of the Auto Club de France, dies (1897).

April 15
USAC Champ Car racer Mel Kenyon born (1933).

April 16
Dick Johnson drives a Ford Sierra to victory in the ATCC Group A race in Lakeside, Queensland, Australia. Mark Gibbs wins the Group B race in a Toyota Supra (1989).

April 17
F1 racer Ricardo Patrese born in Padova, Italy (1954).

April 18
Ted Horn wins the sprintcar feature at the 1 mile oval in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He also sets a 1-lap record of 40.36 seconds (1948).

April 19
A Hispano-Suiza driven by Charles Weymann and Robert Bloch defeats a Stutz Blackhawk driven by Tom Rooney and Gil Anderson in a $25,000, 24-hour match race. The Stutz damaged its engine at the very start, fell behind as mechanics tried to fix it, and finally succumbed after 18 hours and 56 minutes (1928).

April 20
Doc Bundy and Andy Wallace give Panoz their first race victory when the win the IMSA GT race at Road Atlanta in their Panoz GTR-1 (1997).

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Drivers Andy Wallace , Doc Bundy , Dick Johnson