This week in racing history (1997-11-30)

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker November 30 Meyer & Drake deliver the first new 255 Offenhauser Indycar engine to Jones & Maloney (1956). December 1 Claude Bourbonnaise born (1966). Ernesto Maserati dies of natural causes ...

This Week in Racing History Mike Stucker

November 30
Meyer & Drake deliver the first new 255 Offenhauser Indycar engine to Jones & Maloney (1956).

December 1
Claude Bourbonnaise born (1966).


Ernesto Maserati dies of natural causes (1975).

December 2
Leo Mehl named to head Indy Racing League (1996).

December 3
NASCAR driver and team owner Bobby Allison born (1937).


Wendell Scott, the first African-American NASCAR racer, dies of spinal cancer at age 69 (1990).

December 4
CART driver Raul Boesel born (1957).


Leo Goossen dies at age 82. Over the previous 53 years he had designed 25 racing engines and 12 race cars. He had worked for Miller, Offenhauser, Meyer-Drake, and others (1974).

December 5
South African sportscar racer Sarel van der Merwe born (1946).

December 6
Touring car racer Manuel Reuter born (1961).


Chrysler engineers fire up 426 Hemi engine for the first time (1963).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Raul Boesel , Manuel Reuter , Bobby Allison , Claude Bourbonnais , Sarel van der Merwe , Wendell Scott