This Week in Racing History (January 11-17)

This Week in Racing History Michael Stucker January 11 Cobra creator Carroll Shelby born in Leesburg, Texas, USA (1923). January 12 Henry Ford and co-driver Spider Huff set a land speed record at Lake St. Clair, in Michigan, of 91.37 mph in a...

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

January 11
Cobra creator Carroll Shelby born in Leesburg, Texas, USA (1923).

January 12
Henry Ford and co-driver Spider Huff set a land speed record at Lake St. Clair, in Michigan, of 91.37 mph in a car known as the "999". The "999" was powered by a 1156 cubic inch 4-cylinder engine. They broke the old speed record by 14 mph (1904).

January 13
Production of James Garner's movie "The Racing Scene", about his American International Racing's 1969 racing season, is announced at the grand opening of AIR's new offices in Hollywood, California, USA. Unfortunately, AIR would cease operations before the season was over (1969).

January 14
Thomas Binford, founding member of USAC, former USAC president and Indy 500 Chief Steward, dies of cerebral hemorage in his office in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (1999).

January 15
The Chrysler LMP racer is unveiled to the press (2001).

January 16
Anthony Joseph "A.J." Foyt, 4-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is born in Houston, Texas, USA (1935).

January 17
Juan Fangio wins the Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires. First race of the 2.5-liter F1 formula. First win for Maserati 250F (1954).

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Series History
Drivers Henry Ford , Spider Huff