This Week in Racing History (April 8-14)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker April 8 Ford GT40s tested for the first time (1964). April 9 Actor Alfonso Ribeiro wins the 19th Toyota Pro Celebrity Race at Long Beach, California, USA. Highest finishing pro driver is Rod...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

April 8
Ford GT40s tested for the first time (1964).

April 9
Actor Alfonso Ribeiro wins the 19th Toyota Pro Celebrity Race at Long Beach, California, USA. Highest finishing pro driver is Rod Millen in fifth (1995).

April 10
Allan Moffat wins the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Amaroo Park, Australia (1977).


Bob Tullius and Bill Adam drive the Group 44 Jaguar GTP to victory in the IMSA race at Road Atlanta, Georgia, USA (1983).

April 11
First major NHRA drag meet takes place at Pamona Raceway in California, USA (1953).

April 12
Scottish F1 and sportscar racer Ron Flockhart dies in the crash of a P-51 Mustang airplane in Melbourne, Australia, while practicing for an attempt on the London-Sydney flight record (1962).


German Touring Car racer Ellen Lohr born (1965).

April 13
David Pearson drives a Hoss Ellington Chevy to victory in the NASCAR Rebel 500 stockcar race at Darlington, South Carolina (1980).

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


Indy car racer and son of Mario Andretti, Jeff Andretti, born (1964).


Jamie Galles wins the Long Beach, California, Trans-Am race in a Chevy Camaro for his first ever Trans-Am victory (1996).

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Series History
Drivers Mario Andretti , Ellen Lohr , Allan Moffat , Rod Millen , Bob Tullius , David Pearson , Bill Adam