This Week in Racing History (April 29-May 5)

Mike Stucker

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

April 29
Sports car and historic racer Bob Akin dies from injuries suffered in the crash of a 1988 Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo he was testing at Road Atlanta in Brazelton, Georgia, USA (2002).

Patrick Tambay
Patrick Tambay

Photo by: Stella-Maria Thomas

April 30
Richard Petty wins the Darlington 400 NASCAR stock car race in a Plymouth Belvedere at Darlington, South Carolina, USA (1966).

May 1
Patrick Tambay drives a Ferrari 126C2 to victory in the Grand Prix of San Marino in Imola, Italy (1983).

May 2
French fighter pilot, politician, and sports prototype constructor Andre Moynet dies in Nice, France (1993).

May 3
Jo Siffert and Brian Redman drive a Porsche 908/3 to victory in the Targa Florio road race in Sicily (1970).

May 4
Grand Prix and sports car driver Count Wolfgang Alexander Graf Berghe “Taffy” von Trips born in Cologne, Germany (1928).

May 5
First La Carrera Panamerica road race begins. 132 cars enter the 5 day, 2178 mile race running the length of Mexico from Jaurez, on the Texas border, to El Ocotal, on the border with Guatemala. Hershel McGriff will win in an Oldsmobile (1950).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Richard Petty , Patrick Tambay , Brian Redman , Bob Akin , Hershel McGriff
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