This Week in Racing History (February 22-28)

This Week in Racing History February 22 - F1 champion Niki Lauda born (1949). - Malcolm Campbell drives his Napier-Campbell to a One-Mile Speed record of 272.109 mph (1933). February 24 - Alain Prost, 4-time F1 ...

This Week in Racing History

February 22 - F1 champion Niki Lauda born (1949).

- Malcolm Campbell drives his Napier-Campbell to a One-Mile Speed record of 272.109 mph (1933).

February 24 - Alain Prost, 4-time F1 World Driving Champion born (1955).

- Clemete Biondetti, winner of four consecutive Mille Miglias (1938, 1947, 1948, 1949), dies of throat cancer in a Florence, Italy, hospital at the age of 56 (1955).

February 25 - Jean Todt born (1946).

February 26 - Louis DePalma drives the "Grey Ghost" Mercedes to victory in the Vanderbilt Cup Race in Santa Monica, California. This was the same car DePalma drove to victories in the Vanderbilt Cup Indianapolis 500 races three years earlier (1914).

February 27 - Dario Resta drives a Peugeot to victory in the American Grand Prize race in San Francisco, California (1915).

- Bobby Ball dies of burns suffered in a midget race crash at Gardena, California, 54 days earlier (1953).

February 28 - Ed Pullen drives a Mercer to victory in the American Grand Prize race in Santa Monica, California. First win for US built car and first win for American in a US built car in international Grand Prix history. First 1-2-3 finish for Americans in US built cars in the American Grand Prize race. J.B. Marquis' Sunbeam is the first appearance of a British car in the American Grand Prize race (1914).

- Mario Andretti, one of the greatest all-round racers in history, born in Montona, Italy (1940).

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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Drivers Mario Andretti , Niki Lauda , Alain Prost , Jean Todt