This Week in Racing History (April 21-27)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker April 21 Ayrton Senna, driving a Renualt powered Lotus 97T, wins his first Grand Prix, at Estoril, Portugal (1985). April 22 A Stutz wins the first trophy presented by Samual B. Stevens for ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

April 21
Ayrton Senna, driving a Renualt powered Lotus 97T, wins his first Grand Prix, at Estoril, Portugal (1985).

April 22
A Stutz wins the first trophy presented by Samual B. Stevens for the fastest average speed for a production sedan while running for 24 hours at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The average speed was 68.44 mph (1927).

April 23
British motorcycle race Paul Smart born (1943).

April 24
Rolf Stommelen dies in accident during IMSA race at Riverside, California (1983).

April 25
Warren Johnson makes the first 6.8 second 1/4-mile run (6.894 seconds) and the first 200 mph pass (200.13) in a Pro Stock drag racer in NHRA history, at Richmond, Virginia, USA (1997).

April 26
Jo Siffert and Brian Redman drive a Porsche 908LH to victory in the 1000 km endurance race at Monza, Italy (1969).

April 27
Jochen Mass drives a Marlboro McLaren M23-Cosworth to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. The race is red flagged after an accident in which spectators die (1975).

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Series History
Drivers Warren Johnson , Rolf Stommelen , Ayrton Senna , Brian Redman , Jochen Mass , Paul Smart