This Week in Racing History (January 9-15)

This Week in Racing History January 9 - Rick Bennewitz, director of the TV program "Santa Barbara" and president of the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) dies of a heart attack while giving a speech at...

This Week in Racing History

January 9 - Rick Bennewitz, director of the TV program "Santa Barbara" and president of the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) dies of a heart attack while giving a speech at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA (1999).

January 10 - F1, CART, and IRL racer Eddie Cheever born (1958).

- Jo Siffert and Derek Bell lead a Porsche 1-2 in the Buenos Aires 1000 KM race for the Championship of Makes. Ignazio Giunti is killed when his Ferrari 312P hits a Matra being pushed across the track by Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1971).

January 11 - The Winston-Western 500 at Riverside, California, USA, was the last NASCAR Winston Cup race for the 115 inch wheelbase "big" cars. All future racers would use an 110 inch wheelbase (1981).

January 13 - The Winston-Western 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race begins. The race will end six days later after being delayed by rain om lap 26 (1980).

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).

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Drivers Eddie Cheever , Derek Bell , Jean-Pierre Beltoise