This Week in Racing History (May 18-24)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker May 18 Because of rain, for the first time in history, no car qualifies for the Indy 500 on the first weekend of qualifying (1969). May 19 John Surtees and Willy Mairesse drive a Ferrari 250P to...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

May 18
Because of rain, for the first time in history, no car qualifies for the Indy 500 on the first weekend of qualifying (1969).

May 19
John Surtees and Willy Mairesse drive a Ferrari 250P to win the ADAC 1000 km race at the Nurburgring in Germany (1963).

May 20
Peter Brock wins the Australian Touring Car Championship race in Queensland, Australia, in a Holden Torana XU-1 (1973).

May 21
Warren Johnson makes the first 195 mph NHRA Pro Stock 1/4-mile run when he goes 195.05 mph in Englishtown, New Jersey, USA (1993).

May 22
Jody Scheckter wins the Monaco Grand Prix. The 100th victory for the Cosworth DFV engine (1977).

May 23
Fritz von Opel drives the rocket powered Opel RAK2 to 143 MPH on the Avus circuit in Berlin, Germany (1928).

May 24
Al Unser Sr. wins his fourth Indy 500 in a car that was a show car only weeks earlier. Unser was hired by Roger Penske to replace Danny Ongais, who was hurt in practice (1987).

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Series History
Drivers Warren Johnson , Al Unser Sr. , Danny Ongais , Peter Brock , Jody Scheckter , John Surtees , Roger Penske