Today in Race Driver History

Events in Sport

  • 1916-04-08 In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
  • 1961-09-10 Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari.
  • 1973-09-29 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • 1988-04-04 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • 1991-05-19 Willy T. Ribbs becomes 1st African American driver to make Indianapolis 500
  • 1997-10-20 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 2008-04-20 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • 2015-08-23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 705

  • 1873-09-20 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (d. 1944)
  • 1878-12-25 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1879-01-12 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • 1884-01-23 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • 1884-02-14 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1952)
  • 1884-05-01 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • 1884-09-08 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1921)
  • 1885-03-11 Malcolm Campbell, 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/min (8 km/min)
  • 1887-08-06 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver (d. 1957)
  • 1888-09-15 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (d. 1925)
  • 1892-11-16 Tazio Nuvolari, Italian racing driver (d. 1953)
  • 1893-02-02 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (d. 1970)
  • 1893-09-11 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (d. 1974)
  • 1895-09-27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (d. 1948)
  • 1896-07-26 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (d. 1933)
  • 1896-09-22 Henry Segrave, British racing driver (d. 1930)
  • 1897-07-18 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (d. 1935)
  • 1898-01-01 George van Derton, Belgian racer (won 500 race)
  • 1898-06-09 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (d. 1952)
  • 1898-11-01 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (d. 1960)
  • 1899-01-23 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (d. 1931)
  • 1899-08-03 Louis Chiron, Monegasque race car driver (d. 1979)
  • 1899-12-02 John Cobb, British racing driver (d. 1952)
  • 1900-03-29 Bill Aston, British racing driver (d. 1974)
  • 1900-12-27 Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)
  • 1901-01-25 Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1902-10-31 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40)
  • 1903-05-10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • 1903-06-24 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver
  • 1904-08-08 Achille Varzi, Italian race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1906-07-15 Rudolf "Rudi" Uhlenhaut, German automotive engineer and test driver (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1989)
  • 1906-10-30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (d. 1966)
  • 1907-06-14 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1907-09-22 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (d. 1981)
  • 1907-11-25 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (d. 1938)
  • 1907-12-18 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • 1908-02-26 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1909-04-06 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • 1909-07-22 Dorino Serafini, Italian racing driver (d. 2000)
  • 1909-09-26 Bill France, Sr., American racing car driver and co-founder of NASCAR, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • 1909-10-14 Bernd Rosemeyer, German auto racer (Indy 500)
  • 1910-02-27 Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1910-09-16 Karl Kling, German race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1911-06-24 Juan Manuel Fangio, racing driver
  • 1913-02-03 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • 1913-02-21 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1913-03-15 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (d. 2002)
  • 1913-03-21 George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
  • 1913-05-17 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • 1913-08-17 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • 1914-01-19 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (d. 1990)
  • 1914-03-14 Lee Petty, American race car driver (d. 2000)
  • 1914-08-06 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1980)
  • 1914-08-10 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (d. 1973)
  • 1915-10-26 Joe Fry, British racing driver (d. 1950)
  • 1916-02-25 Ralph Baldwin, harness driver (set 11 major world records)
  • 1916-07-22 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1984)
  • 1916-08-11 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
  • 1916-08-16 Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1916-09-12 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver (d. 1961)
  • 1916-11-12 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1917-01-30 Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)
  • 1917-12-05 Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
  • 1918-04-16 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1918-06-20 George Lynch, American auto racer (d. 1997)
  • 1918-07-04 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1918-09-14 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1918-10-06 André Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1993)
  • 1919-03-04 Buck Baker, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • 1919-09-30 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1920-02-03 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • 1920-04-30 Duncan Hamilton, driver
  • 1920-05-20 Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • 1920-07-18 Eric Brandon, British racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1920-09-04 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver
  • 1921-01-10 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • 1921-02-16 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • 1921-08-24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • 1922-02-05 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1922-02-17 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1922-02-22 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)
  • 1922-10-05 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, (d. 2013)
  • 1923-01-11 Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
  • 1923-06-05 Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (d. 1963)
  • 1923-06-16 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (d. 1962)
  • 1923-06-28 Adolfo Schwelm Cruz, Argentine racing driver
  • 1923-11-23 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (d. 1986)
  • 1923-12-12 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver
  • 1923-12-23 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (d. 1954)
  • 1924-01-07 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)
  • 1924-05-20 Betty Driver, actress (Coronation St, Pardon the Expression)
  • 1924-10-28 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (d. 1996)
  • 1924-12-03 Roberto Mières, Argentine racing driver
  • 1924-12-07 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)
  • 1924-12-12 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
  • 1925-12-07 Hernando da Silva Ramos, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1926-01-06 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • 1926-02-03 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • 1926-05-20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • 1926-10-12 Hans Liebold, Germany, auto racer (Nardo, Italy)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1961-11-25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

HeartWedding of Interest

1982-03-19 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

1995-08-01 F1 driver Michael Schumacher (26) weds Corinna Betsch in Kerpen, Germany

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-10-05 F1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher (26) weds former model Cora Brinkmann at the church of Maria Plain in Salzburg, Austria

Formula 1 Racing Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Ralf Schumacher
  • 2001-12-12 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • 2004-09-22 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto
  • 2005-11-05 2004 Indianapolis 500 racecar driver winner Buddy Rice (29) weds Michelle Noonan in Arizona
  • 2005-11-19 Indianapolis 500 racer Danica Patrick (23) weds physical therapist Paul Hospenthal in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 2005-12-17 Race car driver Gary Paffett (24) weds his lady love Lisa in England
  • 2006-04-21 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida
  • 2006-05-06 Race car driver "Champ Car World Series" two time winner Sebastien Bourdais (27) weds Claire Bagot at Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans, France
  • 2006-05-20 Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland
  • 2006-07-27 NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27) weds Eva Bryan in Eastville, Virginia
  • 2006-11-07 NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon (38) weds Belgian model and actress Ingrid Vandebosch (36) at the Hacienda de San Antonio Resort in Colima, Mexico
  • 2006-11-11 Dutch Formula One racer Christijan Albers (27) weds Liselore Kooijman at The Grand in Amsterdam
  • 2006-12-27 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California
  • 2010-12-31 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-03-24 Motorcycle mogul Jesse James (43) weds drag racer Alexis DeJoria in Malibu, California

Outlaw Jesse James
Outlaw
Jesse James

Deaths in Sport

Deaths 1 - 100 of 218

  • 1910-07-15 Daniel Kinet, auto racer/1st Belgian flyer, dies
  • 1919-02-25 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1920-11-25 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • 1921-05-03 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (b. 1883)
  • 1925-07-26 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver (b. 1888)
  • 1927-03-03 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1930-06-13 Henry Segrave, British racing driver who held land speed records and the water speed record (b. 1896)
  • 1931-05-05 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1933-06-22 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (b. 1896)
  • 1935-10-27 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (b. 1897)
  • 1938-01-28 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 1938-09-06 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (b. 1907)
  • 1939-05-30 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)
  • 1944-02-21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • 1945-03-18 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • 1946-04-16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1948-07-27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 1948-12-31 Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63
  • 1950-07-29 Joe Fry, British racing driver (b. 1915)
  • 1952-06-20 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • 1952-09-29 John Cobb, British racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1952-10-05 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1884 or 1885)
  • 1953-09-18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (b. 1927)
  • 1954-07-31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1954-10-20 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • 1955-07-09 Don Beauman, British racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1956-02-03 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1956-03-31 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • 1956-06-17 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • 1957-05-12 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • 1958-05-19 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • 1958-08-03 Peter Collins, English race car driver (b. 1931)
  • 1959-01-22 Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)
  • 1959-02-11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1959-09-28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • 1960-02-23 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 1961-06-15 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1961-09-10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1962-04-12 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1962-11-01 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1963-03-01 Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1963-03-13 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 1964-05-30 Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
  • 1964-05-30 Dave MacDonald, American auto racer (b. 1936)
  • 1964-07-26 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (b. 1884)
  • 1965-04-10 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (b. 1928)
  • 1966-03-09 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 1967-05-07 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • 1967-05-10 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racing driver, (b. 1935)
  • 1967-06-18 Beat Fehr, Swiss racing driver (b. 1942)
  • 1967-06-18 Giacomo Russo, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1967-07-07 Jo Schlesser, French Formula One racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1967-08-14 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (b. 1931)
  • 1967-08-23 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 1968-01-19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • 1969-03-30 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34
  • 1969-05-26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1969-09-09 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1970-06-02 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer, designer, and founder of eponymous race team (b. 1937)
  • 1970-09-03 Jochen Rindt, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 1970-10-01 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1971-07-11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 1971-11-14 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (b. 1934)
  • 1973-04-27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1973-05-12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • 1973-07-29 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1973-10-21 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 1974-03-22 Peter Revson, US race car driver (Indianapolis 500), dies at 35
  • 1974-05-26 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1974-06-02 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (b. 1949)
  • 1974-08-02 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1974-10-06 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • 1975-03-25 Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1977-03-05 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver (b. 1949)
  • 1977-03-11 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 1977-03-18 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • 1977-08-29 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killing practising at Brands Hatch at 31
  • 1978-09-10 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • 1978-09-11 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1979-06-22 Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)
  • 1980-03-12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1980-04-13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)
  • 1980-08-01 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1981-10-15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1982-01-07 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
  • 1982-04-07 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1982-05-08 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident
  • 1982-05-15 Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (b. 1946)
  • 1982-08-08 Eric Brandon, British racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 1982-11-15 Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver (b. 1901)
  • 1982-12-16 Anthony C B Chapman, England, formula 1 racer, dies at 54
  • 1983-04-24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 1984-05-08 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1984-12-07 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1985-05-02 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • 1985-07-02 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • 1985-08-12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • 1985-09-01 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • 1985-10-24 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver (b. 1941)
  • 1986-05-02 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b.1956)