This Week in Racing History (January 1-7)

Micheal Stucker, Historian

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

January 1
F1 racer and multiple Le Mans winner Jackie Ickx is born in Brussels, Belgium (1945).

Jacky Ickx
Jacky Ickx

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January 2
First South Africa Grand Prix to be held on the Kayalami track near Johannesburg is won by Pedro Rodriguez at the wheel of a Cooper-Maserati. First F1 win for Rodriguez and last for Cooper (1967).

January 3
Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief Wally Meskowski dies at the age of 64 (1980).

January 4
Graeme Lawrence drives a Ferrari Dino 246 to victory in Tasman Cup race at Levin, New Zealand (1970).

January 5
Sports car racer David Donohue, son of Mark Donohue, born (1967).

January 6
Vincenzo Florio, founder of the Targa Florio road race, dies in Epernay, France (1959).

January 7
Reigning F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell drives on an American oval for the first time when he practices at Phoenix, Arizona, in a Newman-Haas Lola-Ford (1993).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Nigel Mansell , Pedro Rodriguez , David Donohue , Jacky Ickx , Mark Donohue
Tags donohue, ferrari, floria, history, ickx, kayalami, lawrence, mansell, rodriguez, stucker