Auto Racers in History (Part 3)

Events in Sport


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 752

  • 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 racing driver (Formula One) and politician, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1942-04-18 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 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 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, 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
  • 1945-12-13 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • 1946-01-23 Don Whittington, American racing driver, 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, broadcaster (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
  • 1947-02-05 Darrell Waltrip, American motorsport analyst and race car driver, born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 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
  • 1949-02-22 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1949-08-08 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • 1949-09-11 Bill Whittington, American race car driver, born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1949-10-13 Patrick Nève, Belgian racing driver, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1949-11-13 Yoshimi Ishibashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1949-11-27 Masanori Sekiya, Japanese racing driver
  • 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
  • 1951-04-29 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 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 (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
  • 1952-08-17 Nelson Piquet, Brazilian auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1952-09-19 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1953-01-10 Bobby Rahal, American racing car driver & team owner (over 15 wins), born in Medina, Ohio
  • 1953-02-23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1953-02-28 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1953-08-08 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England
  • 1953-08-31 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • 1953-11-04 Jacques Villeneuve (elder), Canadian auto racer (North American Formula Atlantic Champion 1980–81; Can-Am Champion 1983), born in Berthierville, Quebec
  • 1953-12-21 Arie Luyendyk, American-Dutch Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • 1954-01-24 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1986)
  • 1954-04-16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • 1954-04-17 Riccardo Patrese, Italian racing driver (Grand Prix), born in Padua, Italy
  • 1954-07-24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 201 - 264 of 264

  • 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 race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 2008-09-06 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)

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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

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  • 2009-05-06 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 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, English auto racer (b. 1978)
  • 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 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, 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
  • 2019-05-20 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), dies of kidney problems at 70
  • 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