This Week in Racing History (March 11-17)

Michael Stucker, Historian

This Week in Racing History
Michael Stucker

March 11
Henry Seagrave drives his Irving-Napier to a new One Mile Speed Record of 231.446 mph (1929).

Frank Biela
Frank Biela

Photo by: Richard Sloop

March 12
Ray Bellm and Mauricio Sandro Salla win the Four Hours of Paul Ricard in France driving a Gulf McLaren F1 GTR (1995).

March 13
Richard Petty wins the NASCAR Carolina 500 (1983).

March 14
The great "romantic" age of South American road racing begins with the start of the first Gran Premio Internacional. The running of this 2733.6 mile (4409 km) event from Beunos Aires to Satiago de Chili was a rally which was won by Arturo Kruuse of Patagonia, Argentina, in a Plymouth (1935).

March 15
Audi scores a 1-2 finish in the 12 hour ALMS endurance race in Sebring, Florida, USA. The R8 of Frank Biela, Marco Werner, and Philipp Peter gets the win (2003).

March 16
Johnny Rutherford drives a Drake-Offenhauser-powered McLaren to victory in the USAC Championship race on the oval at Phoenix, Arizona, USA (1975).

March 17
Gordon Johncock, driving a Gerhardt powered by a Drake-Offenhauser engine, wins the uSAC Championship race at Hanford, California, USA (1968).

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Vintage
Drivers Frank Biela , Richard Petty , Marco Werner , Gordon Johncock , Philipp Peter , Ray Bellm , Johnny Rutherford
Tags audi, johncock, mclaren, petty, rutherford, seagrave