This week in racing history (January 19-25)

People in this week in racing history include: Joe Weatherly, Dennise McCluggage, René Metge, DominiqueLemoyne, Mark Donohue, John Mauro and Ken Miles.

  • This Week in Racing History
    Michael Stucker

January 19
Joe Weatherly, champion AAA motorcycle and NASCAR stock car racer, dies in a crash during the NASCAR Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, California, USA (1964).

January 20
Dennise McCluggage, racer and journalist, is born in El Dorado, California, USA (1927).

Porsche 959 - Paris to Dakar winner
Porsche 959 - Paris to Dakar winner

Photo by: John Francis

January 21
Mark Donohue drives an AMC Matador to victory in the NASCAR Winston Western 500 at Riverside, California. First NASCAR wins for AMC and Donohue (1973).

January 22
Porsche 959s finish first (Metge/Lemoyne), second (Ickx/Brasseur), and sixth (Kussmaul/Unger) in the Paris-Dakar Rally (1986).

January 23
Indianapolis and Pikes Peak racer John Mauro dies at age 91 (2003).

January 24
Ken Miles drives the R-1, an MG special he built, to victory in the Desert Trophy Race at Palm Springs, California, USA (1954).

January 25
The Ford Motor Company of Australia withdraws from motor racing (1974).

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About this article
Series Vintage
Drivers Ken Miles , René Metge , Mark Donohue
Article type Special feature
Tags dennise mccluggage, dominiquelemoyne, history, joe weatherly, john mauro, ken miles., mark donohue, rené metge