This Week in Racing History (February 11-17)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker February 11 Motorcycle and F1 World Champion John Surtees born (1934). Marshall Teague dies in testing crash at Daytona, Florida, USA (1959). February 12 Matt Sielsky born (1978). February ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

February 11
Motorcycle and F1 World Champion John Surtees born (1934).


Marshall Teague dies in testing crash at Daytona, Florida, USA (1959).

February 12
Matt Sielsky born (1978).

February 13
Stockcar racer Benny Parsons wins the IROC race at Daytona, Florida, USA (1976).

February 14
F1 and sportscar racer Ricardo Rodriguez born (1942).


CART team owner and ex-racer Tony Bettenhausen Jr., his wife Shirley, team partner Russ Roberts, and restauranteur Larry Rangel are killed in the crash of Bettenhausen's private plane near Leesburg, Kentucky, USA (2000).

February 15
Art Chrisman breaks the 180 mph barrier in a supercharged nitro dragster when his "Hustler" does 181.8 mph in the 1/4 mile (1959).


F1 driver Alexander Wurz born (1974).

February 16
F1 and sportscar driver Jean Behra born (1921).


Hendrick Motorsport Chevys finish 1-2-3 in the Daytona 500. Jeff Gordon wins followed by Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven (1997).

February 17
The first car named Mercedes, made by Daimler, debuts at a race in Pau, France (1901).


Friday Hassler dies in wreck during Daytona 500 qualifying race (1972).

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Series History
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Alexander Wurz , Ricardo Rodríguez , Ricky Craven , Benny Parsons , John Surtees , Tony Bettenhausen