This Week in Racing History (December 23-29)

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

December 23
F1 and sports car racer Michele Alboreto born in Milan, Italy (1956).

December 24
John Cooper, builder of the first mid-engined F1 and Indy cars, dies at the age of 77 (2000).

Wilson and Christian Fittipaldi
Wilson and Christian Fittipaldi

Photo by: Fittipaldi Online

December 25
Wilson Fittipaldi Jr., racer, team owner, brother of World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi and father of Christian Fittipaldi, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1943).

December 26
Although David Piper appears to win the Pietermaritzburg 3 Hours sports car race in South Africa, organizers place his Ferrari third and declare Paul Hawkin's Ferrari the winner (1968).

December 27
Jean Rondeau, the only man to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a car bearing his own name, dies at the age of 39 when the street car he is in is hit by a train (1985).

December 28
Jim Clark wins the South African Grand Prix at East London driving a Lotus 25 (1963).

December 29
Carlo Chiti, one-time engineer for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and co-founder of both ATS and Autodelta, born in Pistola, Italy (1924).

Michael Stucker

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Series Vintage
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , David Piper , Jim Clark , Michele Alboreto , Emerson Fittipaldi , John Cooper , Jean Rondeau
Article type Special feature
Tags alboreto, cooper, dondeau, fitipaldi, lemans, piper, stucker