This week in racing history (December 15-21)

People in this week in racing history include: Clint Brawner, Colin Chapman, Dave Scott, Peter Gethin, Raffaele "Ralph" de Palma, Giuseppi Farina, Pierro Scotti, Alberto Ascari, Gigi Villoresi and Ayrton Senna.

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 15
Indy Car mechanic Clint Brawner born (1916).

December 16
Active suspension is tested for the first time on an F1 car when Dave Scott drives the Lotus 92 at Snetterton, England. Lotus founder Colin Chapman dies the same morning from a heart attack (1982).

The Brickyard
The Brickyard

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December 17
Peter Gethin drives a Chevron B26 to victory in the sports car race in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (1972).

December 18
First races held on the newly repaved (with 3,200,000 bricks replacing crushed stone and tar) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909).

December 19
Raffaele "Ralph" de Palma, Indy 500 & Vanderbilt Cup winner, is born in Biccari, Italy (1882).

December 20
Giuseppi Farina and Pierro Scotti drive a 4.5L Ferrari 375MM to victory in the 12 Hours of Casablanca in Morocco. Second overall and first in the 2-liter class are Alberto Ascari and Gigi Villoresi debuting the Ferrari 500 Mondial (1953).

December 21
Ayrton Senna tests a Penske Indy Car at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1992).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Alberto Ascari , Ayrton Senna , Peter Gethin , Colin Chapman
Article type Special feature
Tags ascari, brawner, chapman, de palma, farina, gethin, history, scott, scotti, senna, villoresi