This Week in Racing History (May 4-10)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker May 4 Six-time IMSA Camel GT champion and two-time SCCA Trans-Am champion Peter Gregg born in New York City (1940). May 5 First La Carrera Panamerica road race begins. 132 cars enter the 5 ...

This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

May 4
Six-time IMSA Camel GT champion and two-time SCCA Trans-Am champion Peter Gregg born in New York City (1940).

May 5
First La Carrera Panamerica road race begins. 132 cars enter the 5 day, 2178 mile race running the length of Mexico from Jaurez, on the Texas border, to El Ocotal, on the border with Guatemala. Hershel McGriff will win in an Oldsmobile (1950).

May 6
Brian Gerster wins the USAC Midget feature race at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1995).

May 7
Road racer Sam Posey passes his rookie test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1970).

May 8
Racer John Fitch, who flew P-51 Mustangs during WWII, is rescued from a German POW camp (1945).

May 9
Pat Austin sets NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car 1/4-mile speed and elapse time records of 253.23 mph and 5.59 seconds (1999).

May 10
Edoardo Lualdi drives a Ferrari 250 GTO to win in the Coppa Volterra Hillclimb in Italy (1964).

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Series History
Drivers Sam Posey , Hershel McGriff , Brian Gerster