This Week in Racing History (January 20-26)

People in this week in racing history include: Freddie Spencer,Mark Donohue,Mike Hawthorn, Ken Miles and Carlos Pace.

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

January 20
Freddie Spencer, 2-time 500cc motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA (1962).

Mick Doohan and Freddie Spencer
Mick Doohan and Freddie Spencer

Photo by: Dave Dyer

January 21
Mark Donohue drives an AMC Matador to victory in the NASCAR Winston Western 500 at Riverside, California. First NASCAR wins for AMC and Donohue (1973).

January 22
1958 F1 World Champion Mike Hawthorn dies in a road accident in the UK (1959).

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

January 24
Ken Miles drives the R-1, an MG special he built, to victory in the Desert Trophy Race at Palm Springs, California, USA (1954).

January 25
The Ford Motor Company of Australia withdraws from motor racing (1974).

January 26
Carlos Pace, driving a Brabham-Ford, scores his first F1 victory when he wins the Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paolo (1975).

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Series History
Drivers Ken Miles , Mick Doohan , Freddie Spencer , Mark Donohue
Article type Special feature
Tags amc, brabham, donohue, ford, ken miles, mg, nascar, spencer, stucker