This Week in Racing History (January 18-24)

This Week in Racing History January 18 - F1 racer Gilles Villeneuve born (1950). - First FIA sanctioned Argentine Grand Prix won by Alberto Ascari driving an F2 Ferrari (1953). January 19 - Ray Harroun, first Indy...

This Week in Racing History

January 18 - F1 racer Gilles Villeneuve born (1950).

- First FIA sanctioned Argentine Grand Prix won by Alberto Ascari driving an F2 Ferrari (1953).

January 19 - Ray Harroun, first Indy 500 winner, dies at age 89 (1968).

January 23 - The first annual Automotive Equipment Display and Hot Rod Exhibition, presented by the Southern California Timing Association, opens at the National Gaurd Armory in Exposition Park, in Los Angeles, California (1948).

January 24 - Dale Duncan puts out a fire in his Allard's engine compartment during the 1000 kilometer endurance race in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by urinating on it. His co-driver, Carroll Shelby, had thrown the fire extinguisher out of the car to save weight. They would finish tenth. Shelby's driving skills noticed by John Wyer, who would later hire him to drive for Aston Martin (1954).

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 Alberto Ascari , Gilles Villeneuve