This Week in Racing History (November 5-11)

This Week in Racing History November 5 Stockcar driver Elton Sawyer born (1959). November 6 Joe Nikrent drives a Buick to victory in the Los Angeles-to-Phoenix race. Nikrent covers the 480 miles in 19 hours and 13 minutes for an average speed...

This Week in Racing History

November 5
Stockcar driver Elton Sawyer born (1959).

November 6
Joe Nikrent drives a Buick to victory in the Los Angeles-to-Phoenix race. Nikrent covers the 480 miles in 19 hours and 13 minutes for an average speed of 24.98 mph (1909).

November 7
Elaine Bond, co-publisher (with her husband) of Road & Track magazine, is born (1924).


Mike Sorokin beats Paul Sutherland in the Top Fuel final of a Mickey Thompson promoted drag racing weekend in Fontana, California, USA (1965).

November 8
A.J. Foyt sets unofficial Indianaplois Motor Speedway track record of 154.5 mph in tire testing (1963).

November 9
Robert McNamara is elected President of the Ford Motor Company by its Board of Directors (1960).

November 10
Touring car driver Allan Moffet born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (1939).


Bobby Labonte wins the NAPA 500 at Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His brother Terry clinches the NASCAR Winston Cup championship (1996).

November 11
Max Mosley, Bernie Eccelstone, and the rest of the FIA's Sportscar Commission meet in a hotel at Heathrow Airport in London, England. When the meeting ends, the Sportscar World Championship is ended. Later lobbying by Peugeot will keep it active one more year (1991).

Copyright 2000 Michael J. Stucker

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Series History
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Elton Sawyer , A.J. Foyt