This Week in Racing History (May 26-June 1)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker May 26 Buddy Lazier wins the first Indy 500 that is part of the Indy Racing League (1996). May 27 Mark Donohue wins the Indy 500 driving a McLaren-Offenhauser (1972). May 28 Driver Salt Walther...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

May 26
Buddy Lazier wins the first Indy 500 that is part of the Indy Racing League (1996).

May 27
Mark Donohue wins the Indy 500 driving a McLaren-Offenhauser (1972).

May 28
Driver Salt Walther and 11 spectators are injured in a crash at the start of the Indy 500. The race restart is delayed by rain (1973).

May 29
After finishing tenth in the Indianapolis 500, John Andretti flies to Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, to race in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. He is the first man to do this (1994).

May 30
Jules Goux drives a Peugeot to victory in the Indy 500. First foreign driver and first foreign car to win the race. First to win using wire wheels. First driver to drink champagne during pit stops (1913).

May 31
The original "Pagoda" timing and scoring tower at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway burns to the ground the day after the Indy 500 (1925).

June 1
Team McLaren M8B-Chevrolets finish 1-2 in the Mosport, Ontario, Canada, Can-Am race. Bruce McLaren leads home Denny Hulme (1969).

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Drivers John Andretti , Buddy Lazier , Denny Hulme , Bruce McLaren , Jules Goux , Mark Donohue