This Week in Racing History (February 16-22)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker February 16 Valentino Rossi, the last 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion and the first MotoGP World Champion, born in Urbino, Italy (1979). February 17 The three-hour Daytona Continental,...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

February 16
Valentino Rossi, the last 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion and the first MotoGP World Champion, born in Urbino, Italy (1979).

February 17
The three-hour Daytona Continental, run at Daytona, Florida, USA, is won by Pedro Rodriguez in a Ferrari 250 GTO (1963).


February 18
Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari autmobile company, born (1898).

February 19
Darrell Waltrip wins the NASCAR Daytona 500 stockcar race (1989).

February 20
Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of Automobili Lambirghini, dies at the age of 76 (1993).

February 21
F1 and Can-Am racer Peter Gethin born in Ewell, Surrey, England (1940).

February 22
Johnny Rutherford wins a 40-lap stockcar race at Daytona, Florida, USA. Last win as a car owner for Henry "Smokey" Yunick (1963).

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Series History
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Pedro Rodriguez , Valentino Rossi , Peter Gethin , Johnny Rutherford