This Week in Racing History September 26 - NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek born (1963). - At 1:05 pm, Vern Schuppan pulls his Eagle Formula A car onto the streets of Long Beach, California, USA, and runs...
This Week in Racing History
September 26 - NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek born (1963).
- At 1:05 pm, Vern Schuppan pulls his Eagle Formula A car onto the streets of Long Beach, California, USA, and runs the first lap "in anger" by a race car there (1975).
September 27 - Engineer Morris Nunn born (1938).
- Eddie Sachs leads all 100 laps in winning the USAC race at Trenton, New Jersey, USA (1959).
September 28 - Drag racer Gene Snow born (1937).
- Rodger Ward drives a roadster to victory in the USAC race at Trenton, New Jersey, USA. Jimmy Reece dies on the way to the hospital after crashing on the final lap (1958).
- Pre-war Grand Prix great Rudolph Caracciola dies of cancer (1959).
September 29 - Pat O'Conner beats Johnny Thompson by 9.9 seconds in the first 100-mile USAC champcar race on the newly paved 1-mile oval at Trenton, New Jersey, USA (1957).
- CART Champcar driver Memo Gidley is born to American parents in Mexico (1969).
September 30 - F1 and sportcar driver Jochen Mass born (1946).
- Sportscar great Al Holbert dies in plane crash near Columbus, Ohio, USA (1988).
October 1 - Jim Clark wins his third straight USGP at Watkins Glen, New York, this time driving a Lotus-Ford (1967).
- Richard Petty announces that he will retire after the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season (1991).
October 2 - First event held on Sheepshead Bay, New York, USA, board track (1915).
- Louis de Palma drives a Benz to victory in the Vanderbilt Cup race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (1912).
- Lee Petty wins his first NASCAR race, in a Plymouth, at 1/2-mile Heidelburg Speedway in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA (1949).
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