This Week in Racing History (April 5-11)

This Week in Racing History April 5 - Ronnie Bucknum, F1 and sportscar racer, born (1936). - Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianpolis Motor Speedway opened to the public (1976). - Whitney Straight, who raced in more...

This Week in Racing History

April 5 - Ronnie Bucknum, F1 and sportscar racer, born (1936).

- Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianpolis Motor Speedway opened to the public (1976).

- Whitney Straight, who raced in more Grand Prix before WWII (18) than any other American, dies in London, England, at the age of 66 (1979).

April 6 - IRL racer Affonso Giaffone born (1968).

- Lotus 72 F1 car unveiled in an airplane hanger in Hethel, Norfolk, England (1970).

April 7 - Corvette Grand Sport makes its race debut at Marlboro Raceway in Maryland, USA. Stalled on grid w/clogged fuel injector (1963).

- NASCAR stockcar racer Loy Allen Jr. born (1966).

- Jim Clark dies in accident during F2 race at Hockenheim, Germany (1968).

April 8 - Bob Burman and his riding mechanic are killed in wreck caused by a rear wheel collapse during Corona Road Races (1916).

- F1 and CART Champcar driver Mark Blundell born (1966).

April 9 - Eddie Hill records the first sub five second (4.99) 1/4 mile run in an NHRA dragrace (1988).

- Engine builder John Judd born (1942).

April 10 - D.K. Ulrich born (1944).

Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

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