This Week in Racing History (July 26-August 1)

This Week in Racing History July 26 - Jimmy Murphy wins the ACF Grand Prix at Le Mans in a Deusenberg. Ralph de Palma's second place makes it an American 1-2 finish. First win for an American driver and first ...

This Week in Racing History

July 26 - Jimmy Murphy wins the ACF Grand Prix at Le Mans in a Deusenberg. Ralph de Palma's second place makes it an American 1-2 finish. First win for an American driver and first win for an American car in a European grand prix (1921).

- Drag racer Bruce Allen born (1950).

July 27 - Jim Hall announces his retirement as a CART team owner (1996).

July 28 - Emerson Fittipaldi's driving career ends when he's injured in a crash during the CART Marlboro 500 in Brooklyn, Michigan, USA. Alex Ribeiro wins the race (1996).

July 29 - First straight-8 engine for use in Bugatti 251 GP car runs on dyno (1955).

July 31 - Al Loquasto dies in an airplane crash (1991).

- After a team record 58-race draught, Ferrari gets an F1 win, from pole-sitter Gerhard Berger, in the German GP (1994).

August 1 - Dutch F1 privateer Carol de Beaufort is fatally injured in practice crash for German Grand Prix (1964).

- Niki Lauda crashes his Ferrari on the second lap of the German Grand Prix and suffers serious burns that nearly kill him. Six weeks later he returns to racing (1976).

Previous installments of This Week in Racing History can be found at the Motorsport News International website (http://www.motorsport.com/).

Michael Stucker Anadrill Schlumberger, Sugar Land, Texas stucker@$sugar-land.spc.slb.com Remove "$" from email address above. Copyright Michael J. Stucker 1998

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Series History
Drivers Niki Lauda , Jimmy Murphy , Bruce Allen , Emerson Fittipaldi