This Week in Racing History (February 17-23)

People in this week in racing history include: Friday Hassler, Andy Granatelli, Peter Brock, Cale Yarborough, Peter Brock, Cale Yarborough, Scott Lagasse, Chuck Etchells, Ron Capps

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

February 17
Friday Hassler dies in accident during Daytona 500 qualifying race at Daytona Beach, Florida (1972).

FIA Place de la Concorde headquarters in Paris
FIA Place de la Concorde headquarters in Paris

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

February 18
Andy Granatelli drives a supercharged Chrysler 300-F to a 1-mile speed record of 172.166 mph on the beach at Daytona, Florida, USA (1961).

February 19
Peter Brock wins the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Sandown, Australia (1984).

February 20
Cale Yarborough beats Benny Parsons by 1.39 seconds to win the NASCAR Daytona 500 (1977).

February 21
SCCA and stock car racer Scott Lagasse born (1957).

February 22
Chuck Etchells defeats Ron Capps in the Funny Car finals of the Atsco Nationals at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona, USA. First all-Camaro Funny Car finals in NHRA history (1998).

February 23
The FIA is created in Paris, France (1946).

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Series Vintage
Drivers Ron Capps , Chuck Etchells , Benny Parsons , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Eric Gilbert , Peter Brock , Cale Yarborough
Article type Special feature
Tags brock, capps, etchells, fia, granatelli, hassler, history, lagasse, yarborough