Today in the History of Motor Races

Motor Races: Indianapolis 500 - Le Mans

Events in Sport

  • 1895-06-13 Emile Levassor wins 1st Paris-Bordeaux-Paris auto race (24 kph)
  • 1895-07-11 First ever automobile race: Paris to Bordeaux 1,178 km in 48 hours, 48 minutes
  • 1895-11-28 America's 1st auto race organised by the "Chicago Times-Herald" Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner avg 7 MPH
  • 1904-10-08 1st Vanderbilt Cup auto race (Hicksville, Long Island, NY)
  • 1908-02-12 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • 1911-05-30 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914-02-07 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1930-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Arnold wins (161.6 kph)
  • 1936-03-08 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • 1950-09-04 Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
  • 1959-02-22 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)
  • 1966-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Graham Hill wins (232.2 kph)
  • 1972-09-10 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • 1987-08-02 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
  • 1987-09-20 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
  • 2008-04-20 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-01-16 A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1937-07-02 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1945-01-01 Jacques Ickx, Belgian Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1989-08-13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 2009-06-09 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver