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Auto Racers in History (Part 3)

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Person of interestMario Andretti

1940-02-28 Mario Andretti, Italian American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1969; F1 World Champion 1978), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1940-03-05 Graham McRae, New Zealand auto racer (Tasman Formula 5000 Series 1971, 72, 73; L&M Continental 5000 C'ship 1972), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 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)
  • 1940-04-13 Max Mosley, British auto racer and lawyer (President Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile [FIA] 1993-2009), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1940-06-19 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (NHRA Top Fuel C'ship in 1977, 80, 82; International Motorsports Hall of Fame), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1940-10-18 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1989)
  • 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
  • 1941-07-23 Richie Evans, American auto racer (9 x NASCAR Modified Champion 1973, 78-85), born in Westernville, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1941-10-27 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • 1941-10-31 Derek Bell, British racing driver, born in Pinner, Middlesex, England
  • 1942-02-14 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican auto racer (youngest F1 driver ever to race for Ferrari), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1962)
  • 1942-02-24 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • 1942-04-12 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine auto racer (World F1 Drivers C'ship 1981 runner-up; 3 x third) and politician (governor of Santa Fe 2003-21), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • 1942-04-18 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1942-05-24 Hannu Mikkola, Finnish rally driver (World Rally champion 1983), born in Joensuu, Finland (d. 2021)
  • 1942-07-26 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1942-10-01 Jean-Pierre Joubille, French auto racer (European F2 champion 1976), born in Paris, France
  • 1942-10-21 Allan Grice, Australian racing driver
  • 1942-12-30 Guy Edwards, English racing driver
  • 1943-03-19 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • 1943-04-27 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1971), born in Graz, Austria
  • 1943-06-14 John Miles, British racing driver, born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1943-07-20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1943-09-26 Tim Schenken, Australian racing driver, born in Gordon, Sydney, Australia
  • 1943-11-12 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), born in Ro, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1943-11-21 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • 1943-12-25 Wilson Fittipaldi Jr, Brazilian auto racer, team owner (Fittipaldi F1 team), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1944-02-14 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • 1944-05-26 Sam Posey, American auto racer (12 Hours of Sebring 1975; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971 3rd) and TV commentator (ABC Sports), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-07-22 Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
  • 1944-08-13 Divina Galica, British athlete and racing driver, born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1944-10-06 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1977)
  • 1944-12-04 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), born in Le Mans, France (d. 2012)
  • 1945-01-01 Jacky Ickx, Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1969, 75-77, 81-82; 8 x F1 wins; Dakar Rally 1983; Bathurst 1000 1977), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1945-11-13 Masahiro Hasemi, Japanese racing driver, born in Ome, Tokyo
  • 1946-01-23 Don Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1946-03-10 Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver
  • 1946-03-18 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • 1946-04-20 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • 1946-05-04 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1946-07-30 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, born in Hueytown, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1946-09-19 Brian Henton, English racing driver, born in Castle Donington, Leicestershire
  • 1946-11-02 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer, commentator (World Formula 1 champion, 1980), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1946-12-12 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 Champion 1972, 74, Indy 500 1989, 93), born in São Paulo, Brazil

Person of interestDarrell Waltrip

1947-02-05 Darrell Waltrip, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series 1981, 82, 85; Daytona 500 1989; winner 84 x NASCAR Cup Series races) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

Racing Car Driver Darrell Waltrip
Racing Car Driver
Darrell Waltrip
  • 1947-03-03 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • 1947-03-07 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • 1947-06-03 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • 1947-07-01 Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese auto racer (Fuji 1,000 1985), born in Shizuoka-shi, Japan
  • 1947-07-23 Torsten Palm, Swedish racing driver, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • 1947-08-29 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • 1947-10-26 Ian Ashley, British racing driver, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1947-12-02 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • 1948-05-04 Billy O'Donnell, Canadian harness racer driver of year (1984), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1948-05-04 Hurley Haywood, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1977, 83, 94; 24 Hours of Daytona 1973, 75, 77, 79, 91), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948-06-01 Tom Sneva, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1983; USAC C'ship 1977, 78, 82-83), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1948-06-12 Hans Binder, Austrian auto racer (European Formula Ford C'ship 1972), born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1948-07-04 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • 1948-08-31 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1948-11-07 Alex Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1948-12-06 Keke Rosberg, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1982), born in Solna, Sweden

Person of interestNiki Lauda

1949-02-22 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • 1949-03-13 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan (d. 1974)
  • 1949-04-13 Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver, born in San Juan, Argentina
  • 1949-04-18 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • 1949-05-04 John Force, American drag racer (16 NHRA Championships), born in Bell Gardens, California
  • 1949-06-11 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1949-06-25 Patrick Tambay, French racing driver, born in Paris
  • 1949-08-08 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • 1949-09-11 Bill Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1949-10-13 Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1949-10-27 Robin Miller, American motorsports journalist (Indianapolis Star, Autoweek, Car and Driver, ESPN, Speed, NBCSN), born in Anderson, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1949-11-13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949-11-27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Ikawa, Japan
  • 1949-12-24 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1950-01-18 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1950-01-29 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1950-03-09 Danny Sullivan, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1985, CART C'ship 1988), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1950-03-18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • 1950-07-26 Rich Vogler, American race car driver, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1950-09-14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan
  • 1950-11-11 Ed Ordynski, Australian rally driver
  • 1950-11-17 Tom Walkinshaw, Scottish race car driver and race team owner
  • 1951-01-01 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1986-87, 96; 24 Hours of Nürburgring 1970, 98, 2004; World Sportscar C'ship 1985), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Person of interestDale Earnhardt

1951-04-29 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • 1951-06-06 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1951-06-23 Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
  • 1951-09-18 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver, born in Arisdorf, Switzerland
  • 1951-11-06 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), born in Rättvik, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1951-12-03 Rick Mears, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1979, 84, 88, 91; Indycar series/World Series champion 1979, 81-82), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1952-03-20 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • 1952-03-26 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver, born in Villecresnes, France (d. 1987)
  • 1952-03-28 Tony Brise, English racing driver, born in Erith, Kent (d. 1975)
  • 1952-04-02 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), born in Melbourn, England (d. 2002)
  • 1952-04-04 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1952-04-27 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland
  • 1952-06-07 Hubert Auriol, French off-road motorcyclist and auto racer (Dakar Rally 1981, 83, 92), born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (d. 2021)

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 201 - 281 of 281

  • 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)
  • 2005-08-14 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73
  • 2005-09-18 Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • 2005-12-23 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • 2006-03-26 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2006-04-15 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), dies of cancer at 89
  • 2006-08-31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • 2006-09-08 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • 2006-12-03 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500, 1962 runner-up), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2006-12-15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • 2007-01-13 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • 2007-01-16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • 2007-03-23 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, dies at 33
  • 2007-09-15 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, dies following a helicopter crash at 39
  • 2008-02-06 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 2008-02-23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2008-02-25 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2008-03-30 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • 2008-03-30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • 2008-04-04 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • 2008-06-11 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • 2008-06-21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • 2008-08-28 Phil Hill, American auto racer (F1 world champion 1961; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1958, 61, 62), dies at 81
  • 2008-09-06 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)

Person of interestPaul Newman

2008-09-26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 2009-05-06 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2009-05-07 Tony Marsh, English auto racer (record 6 x British Hill Climb Championship), dies from breathing complications at 77
  • 2009-06-09 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • 2009-07-19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • 2009-08-29 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), dies at 77
  • 2010-12-10 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, dies at 84
  • 2010-12-12 Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)
  • 2010-12-17 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, dies at 92
  • 2011-01-12 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, dies at 90
  • 2011-09-11 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver (b. 1984)
  • 2011-10-15 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2011-10-16 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver (Indianapolis 500, 2005 & 2011), dies in crash at IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas, Nevada at 33
  • 2011-11-23 Jim Rathmann, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1960; Race of Two Worlds at Monza, 1958), dies after a seizure at 83
  • 2011-12-05 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2012-01-26 Roberto Mières, Argentine auto racer (USAC Road Racing C'ship Daytona 1,000 km 1959; 17 x F1 GP), dies at 87
  • 2012-01-29 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), dies from cancer at 67
  • 2012-02-10 Adolfo Schwelm Cruz, Argentine racing driver, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-29 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2013-05-16 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • 2013-06-15 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, dies from respiratory failure at 90
  • 2014-05-19 Jack Brabham AO, OBE, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • 2014-08-29 Björn Waldegård, Swedish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1979), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, at 25
  • 2015-08-10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • 2015-08-24 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • 2016-01-08 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • 2016-08-03 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • 2017-03-10 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), dies of respiratory failure at 83
  • 2017-06-22 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), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2018-01-14 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), dies from complications of pneumonia at 86
  • 2019-01-11 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49
  • 2019-01-18 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), dies at 93

Person of interestNiki Lauda

2019-05-20 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), dies of kidney problems at 70

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • 2019-08-27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39
  • 2019-09-15 Mike Stefanik, American auto racer (9 NASCAR Modified Championships), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2019-12-20 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2020-01-30 John Andretti, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series: 2 wins, 37 top tens, 4 poles), dies from colon cancer at 56
  • 2020-07-13 Chuck Hulse, American auto racer (USAC Champ Car Series, 26 x top 10 finishes), dies at 92
  • 2020-07-21 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93
  • 2020-07-25 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2020-08-12 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89
  • 2020-11-13 Jim Pace, American auto racer (24 Hours of Daytona 1996), dies from COVID-19 at 59
  • 2020-12-29 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), dies from Huntington's disease at 60
  • 2021-01-10 Hubert Auriol, French off-road motorcyclist and auto racer (Dakar Rally 1981, 83, 92), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • 2021-02-26 Hannu Mikkola, Finnish rally driver (World Rally champion 1983), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2021-03-16 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), dies of cancer at 51
  • 2021-04-23 Bill Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), dies in a plane crash at 71
  • 2021-05-02 Bobby Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 1975, 1981; USAC C'ship 1968, 1974), dies at 87
  • 2021-05-23 Max Mosley, British auto racer and lawyer (President Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile [FIA] 1993-2009), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2021-06-25 Jack Ingram, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series champion 1982, 85), dies at 84
  • 2021-07-22 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978, 80), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • 2021-08-04 Graham McRae, New Zealand auto racer (Tasman Formula 5000 Series 1971, 72, 73; L&M Continental 5000 C'ship 1972), dies at 81
  • 2021-08-25 Robin Miller, American motorsports journalist (Indianapolis Star, Autoweek, Car and Driver, ESPN, Speed, NBCSN), dies from leukemia at 71

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