Auto Racers in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 752

  • 1924-04-12 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), born in Floyd, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1924-05-03 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, born in East Horsley, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • 1924-05-11 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1924-10-28 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1924-12-03 Roberto Mières, Argentine auto racer (USAC Road Racing C'ship Daytona 1,000 km 1959; 17 x F1 GP), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 2012)
  • 1924-12-07 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)

Person of interestPaul Newman

1925-01-26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1925-07-18 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), born in Stuart, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1925-08-09 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1925-12-07 Hernando da Silva Ramos, French-Brazilian racing driver, born in Paris
  • 1926-01-06 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1956), born in Glendale, California (d. 2002)
  • 1926-01-06 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926-02-03 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • 1926-04-02 Jack Brabham AO, OBE, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1926-05-20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • 1926-06-01 Darel Dieringer, American auto racer (181 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for 7 wins and 79 top 10 finishes), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1989)
  • 1926-10-10 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), born in NYC, NY (d. 2020)
  • 1926-10-12 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • 1926-10-30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1926-11-11 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), born in Naples (d. 2016)
  • 1927-03-14 Bill Rexford, auto racer
  • 1927-05-13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • 1927-10-03 Chuck Hulse, American auto racer (USAC Champ Car Series, 26 x top 10 finishes), born in Anaheim, California (d. 2020)
  • 1928-02-18 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • 1928-05-04 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1928-07-10 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1928-07-16 Jim Rathmann, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1960; Race of Two Worlds at Monza 1958), born in Alhambra, California (d. 2011)
  • 1928-07-26 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England (d. 1955)
  • 1928-08-04 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 2003)
  • 1928-08-30 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1928-10-01 Willy Mairesse, Belgian auto racer (13 F1 GP; Nürburgring 1000km 1963; GT Spa GP 1965; Targa Florio 1966), born in Momignies, Wallonia (d. 1969)
  • 1928-12-09 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, born in Bressoux, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1929-01-20 Fireball Roberts, American racing driver (Daytona 500 1962), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • 1929-02-15 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • 1929-03-05 Erik Carlsson, Swedish rally driver
  • 1929-03-28 Paul England, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1929-04-10 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)
  • 1929-07-22 John Barber, British racing driver
  • 1929-09-17 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1930-01-31 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • 1930-06-12 Innes Ireland, Scottish racing driver, born in Mytholmroyd, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1930-09-23 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2020)
  • 1930-10-01 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1930-12-22 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1931-04-13 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), born in Port Jefferson, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1931-05-19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1931-06-28 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), born in Wilkes County, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1931-07-20 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • 1931-11-06 Peter Collins, English race car driver, born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1932-01-03 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • 1932-01-14 Don Garlits, American racing driver (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1932-02-14 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner and constructor (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1932-02-25 Tony Brooks, English auto racer (F1 World C'ship third 1958, runner-up 1959; 6 x F1 wins), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England
  • 1932-02-29 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1932-07-10 Carlo Mario Abate, Italian racing driver, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1932-10-12 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1932-11-02 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), born in Logansport, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1933-08-12 Parnelli Jones, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1963) and team owner (Indy 500 1970–71; USAC National Championships 1970, 71, 72), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1934-01-05 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • 1934-02-11 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (d. 2017)
  • 1934-02-20 Bobby Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 75, 81), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1934-10-01 Neil Castles, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National East Series Champion 1972), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1934-11-10 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1934-12-22 David Pearson, American stock car racer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1934-12-25 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist

Person of interestA. J. Foyt

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
  • 1935-12-21 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver, born in Marj, Libya (d. 1967)
  • 1936-03-04 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • 1936-07-25 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  • 1937-01-16 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1937-02-20 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • 1937-03-09 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • 1937-03-18 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • 1937-03-23 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937-07-02 Richard Petty, American auto racer (7 x NASCAR Championship, 7 x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1937-08-30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1937-12-03 Bobby Allison, American auto racer (Winston Cup champion 1983; Daytona 500 1978, 82, 88), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1938-03-07 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1938-03-12 Johnny Rutherford, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1974, 76, 80), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1938-03-25 Fritz d'Orey, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1939-02-27 Peter Revson, American race car driver (1971 Indianapolis pole winner), born in New York City
  • 1939-03-12 John Paul Sr, Dutch-American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Netherlands (disappeared 2001)
  • 1939-03-27 Cale Yarborough, American auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1939-05-29 Al Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1970-71, 78, 87), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1939-05-30 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver
  • 1939-06-09 David Hobbs, British racing driver, born in Royal Leamington Spa, England
  • 1939-06-11 Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer, analyst (27 Grand Prix wins, World F1 'ship 1969, 71, 73), born in Milton, Scotland
  • 1939-09-05 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1940-01-10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • 1940-01-18 Pedro Rodriguez, Spanish racing driver, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (d. 1971)
  • 1940-01-29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1940-02-01 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), born in Angers, Quebec (d. 2017)
  • 1940-02-21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver

Person of interestMario Andretti

1940-02-28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1940-04-04 Richard Attwood, British racing driver, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  • 1940-04-13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1988)
  • 1940-06-19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (1st woman Top Fuel champ), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1941-01-25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1941-03-01 Dave Marcis, American auto racer (NASCAR Winston Cup Series 1975 runner-up; 5 career wins, 94 top-fives and 222 top-tens), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1941-07-11 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 101 - 200 of 264

  • 1982-05-08 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), dies in a practice accident prior to Belgian GP, at 32
  • 1982-05-15 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, dies in a crash at 36
  • 1982-08-08 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, dies at 62
  • 1982-09-27 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), dies at 66
  • 1982-11-15 Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver, dies at 81
  • 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 auto racer (9 x NASCAR Modified Champion 1973, 78-85), dies in practice accident at 44
  • 1985-11-08 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • 1986-05-02 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, dies in an accident at 29
  • 1986-05-15 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • 1986-07-15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), dies from head injuries in fall at Yonkers Raceway at 62
  • 1986-10-05 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 1987-08-23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1987-10-19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • 1988-01-03 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • 1988-01-20 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies at 86
  • 1988-12-29 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, dies at 48
  • 1989-06-07 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver, dies at 81
  • 1989-08-13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1989-09-20 Richie Ginther, American racing driver, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 1989-10-28 Darel Dieringer, American auto racer (181 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races for 7 wins and 79 top 10 finishes), dies at 63
  • 1989-12-16 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 1990-01-26 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1990-11-24 Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 1990-11-25 Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
  • 1991-07-21 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • 1991-08-11 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • 1991-08-14 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • 1991-12-18 George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • 1992-01-10 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (b. 1919)
  • 1992-05-15 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
  • 1992-06-07 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 1992-08-13 Clifford Allison, US stock-car racer, dies in an accident
  • 1993-04-01 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), dies in plane crash at 38
  • 1993-07-13 Davey Allison, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1992), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 1994-02-11 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, dies at 47
  • 1994-04-30 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1994-05-01 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1994-05-13 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, dies at 74
  • 1994-08-10 Kay Petre, early racing driver, dies at 91
  • 1994-09-29 Don Watson, race car driver, dies in an accident at 46
  • 1994-10-15 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • 1995-03-05 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, dies at 42
  • 1995-07-16 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), dies of kidney failure at 84
  • 1995-09-11 Keith Odor, racing Driver, dies at 33
  • 1995-10-07 Louis Meyer, Indie 500 racer (3 wins), dies at 91
  • 1995-11-02 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), dies at 84
  • 1995-11-27 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist, dies at 60
  • 1996-02-19 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, dies at 71
  • 1996-05-17 Scott Brayton, American auto racer (4 x top 10 finishes Indianapolis 500; 2 x pole), dies in a practice accident at 37
  • 1996-07-14 Jeff Krosnoff, CART driver (b. 1964)
  • 1996-08-15 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • 1996-10-02 Banjo Matthews, American auto racer, owner and constructor (A. J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough), dies of heart and respiratory disease at 64
  • 1997-05-03 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • 1998-03-31 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), dies of liver and throat cancer at 73
  • 1998-05-31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 1998-10-02 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), dies at 74
  • 1999-09-11 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
  • 1999-10-31 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2000-02-01 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), dies at 74
  • 2000-04-05 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 2000-05-12 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2000-07-07 Kenny Irwin, Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), dies in a crash during practice at 30
  • 2000-12-14 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • 2000-12-18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 2001-02-18 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49
  • 2001-03-16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 2001-04-25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2001-05-26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 2001-08-13 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • 2001-08-25 Ken Tyrrell, English race driver and founder of Tyrrell Racing, dies at 77
  • 2002-01-23 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • 2002-02-07 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 2002-04-09 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1956), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2002-04-13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • 2002-04-29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2002-12-19 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), dies from a brain tumour at 50
  • 2003-02-26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • 2003-03-18 Karl Kling, German race car driver, dies at 92
  • 2003-04-30 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, dies at 47
  • 2003-05-21 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, dies at 74
  • 2003-06-14 Dale Whittington, American racing driver (b. 1959)
  • 2003-11-19 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2003-12-04 Iggy Katona, American auto racer (ARCA Series 1955-57, 62, 66-67; record 79 wins), dies at 87
  • 2004-05-03 Ken Downing, British racing driver, dies at 86
  • 2004-06-27 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • 2004-07-05 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • 2004-10-24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24
  • 2005-02-13 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • 2005-04-07 Cliff Allison, British racing driver (b. 1932)
  • 2005-04-21 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 2005-04-25 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, dies at 80
  • 2005-05-08 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, dies at 23
  • 2005-07-11 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine professional racing driver (b. 1922)