This Week in Racing History (April 15-21)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker April 15 USAC Champcar racer Mel Kenyon born (1933). April 16 First auto races held at Brands Hatch, in England. Ken Carter, Don Parker, and Bill Whitehouse win the day's races (1950). Allan ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

April 15
USAC Champcar racer Mel Kenyon born (1933).

April 16
First auto races held at Brands Hatch, in England. Ken Carter, Don Parker, and Bill Whitehouse win the day's races (1950).


Allan Moffat finishes first in a Ford Falcon in the Australian Touring Car race at Sandown, Australia. He will later be disqualified for using illegal equipment. The win is then awarded to Ian Geoghegan in a Holden Torana (1978).

April 17
Len Wood, of NASCAR's Wood Brothers Racing team, born (1956).


Andy Granatelli announces the signing of Jackie Stewart to drive one of his Lotus turbine cars in the Indianapolis 500, replacing Jim Clark, who had been killed in an racing accident earlier on the month (1968).

April 18
Audrey Zavodski wins the inaugural Women's Global GT Series race, run at Road Atlanta in Georgia, USA. Kiki Wolfkill is second with eventual inaugural series champion Cindi Lux third (1999).

April 19
Larry Dixon sets an NHRA Top Fuel 1/4 mile elapse time record of 4.486 seconds at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, USA (1999).

April 20
First organized auto compitition held. Only one car was entered, though, a steam powered de Dion (1887).


Open-wheel racer Jovey Marcelo born (1965).

April 21
Engineer Gerard Ducarouge is sacked by the Alfa Romeo F1 team (1983).

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Series History
Drivers Larry Dixon , Jackie Stewart , Jim Clark , Allan Moffat , Cindi Lux
Teams Wood Brothers Racing