This Week in Racing History (April 2-8)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker April 2 Dave Heinz and Dave Yarborough drive a Jaguar XJS from the US Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast in a record 32 hours and 51 minutes to win the fifth and final Cannonball Baker ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

April 2
Dave Heinz and Dave Yarborough drive a Jaguar XJS from the US Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast in a record 32 hours and 51 minutes to win the fifth and final Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash (1979).

April 3
Vern Schuppan and Naohiro Fujita drive the Nova Engineering Porsche 956 to victory in the 500km Japanese Sportscar Championship race at Suzuka. First 956 win in the JSC (1983).

April 4
Richard Attwood, who along with Hans Hermann would give Porsche their first overall victory at Le Mans, is born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (1940).

April 5
Jim Richards, driving a BMW M3, wins the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Lakeside, Queensland, Australia (1987).

April 6
NHRA Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson, Jr. born (1968).

April 7
Jackie Ickx and Brian Redman drive a Ford GT40 to victory in the six hour sportscar race at Brands Hatch, England (1968).

April 8
Peter Collins drives a Ferrari 860 to victory in the Tour de Sicily (1956).

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Series History
Drivers Peter Collins , Tommy Johnson , Vern Schuppan , Brian Redman , Jim Richards , Richard Attwood , Hans Herrmann