This Week in Racing History (May 11-17)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker May 11 Jacques Swaters buys from the Ferrari factory the last 250 GTO built (1964). May 12 Denny Hulme sustains second and third degree burns to his hands and feet during a cockpit fire in his ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

May 11
Jacques Swaters buys from the Ferrari factory the last 250 GTO built (1964).

May 12
Denny Hulme sustains second and third degree burns to his hands and feet during a cockpit fire in his McLaren during practice for the Indy 500 (1970).

May 13
Mark Donohue records the first sub-50 second lap (49.73 seconds) and first 180 mph lap (180.977 mph) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1971).

May 14
E.G. "Cannanonball" Baker finishes a transcontinental motorcycle ride from San Diego, California, to New York, New York, a distance of 3378.9 miles, in 276 hours (1909).

May 15
Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt announces his retirement from driving (1993).

May 16
Mike Walker, driving a Lola T142, wins the F5000 race at Silverstone, England (1969).

May 17
John Force sets an NHRA Funny Car top speed record of 323.89 mph at Englishtown, New, Jersey, USA (1998).

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Drivers John Force , Denny Hulme , A.J. Foyt , Mark Donohue