This Week in Racing History (October 8-14)

This Week in Racing History October 8 James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger win the IMSA Acxiom Grand Prix du Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, driving a Ford powered R&S World Sports Car. However, Ferrari 333SP driver Fermin Velez, with...

This Week in Racing History

October 8
James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger win the IMSA Acxiom Grand Prix du Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, driving a Ford powered R&S World Sports Car. However, Ferrari 333SP driver Fermin Velez, with a fourth place finish, clinches the season's WSC driver's championship. Irv Hoerr wins the GTS-1 title with a fifth place finish (first in class). Jose Trejos is the GTS-2 champion (1995).

October 9
George Robertson drives a Simplex "90" to victory in the 200 miles AAA Championship race in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (1909).

October 11
Indy car engine designer C.W. Van Ranst dies (1972).


Lynn St. James sets a new woman's national closed-course speed record of 212.577 mph (1987).

October 12
Australian Touring Car team owner Bryan Byrt dies (1978).

October 13
Barney Oldfield, driving the "Golden Submarine" for Will Pickens, races in his last competitive event, an IMCA sanctioned race on the dirt track in Independence, Missouri, USA (1918).


Drag racer Bill Kent born in Monahans, Texas, USA (1955).

Copyright 2000 Michael J. Stucker

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series History
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Fermin Velez