Le Mans in History

Motor Races: Indianapolis 500

Events in Sport

  • 1906-06-26 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)
  • 1923-05-26 Inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for cars starts through public roads around Le Mans, France; inaugural winners: André Lagache and René Léonard (France) for Chenard & Walcker
  • 1955-06-11 Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)
  • 1955-06-13 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France
  • 1955-08-03 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing, Le Mans disaster & Bill Vukovich death at Indianapolis contributing factors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-06-11 A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney drive a Ford to victory in Le Mans

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1991-06-23 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
  • 2018-06-17 24 Hours of Le Mans: Former F1 world champion Fernando Alonso teams with Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi to win for Toyota Gazoo Racing
  • 2019-06-16 24 Hours of Le Mans: 2-time World F1 champion Fernando Alonso along with Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima win back-to-back titles for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884-05-01 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)
  • 1924-01-12 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1932-02-29 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1934-11-10 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 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)
  • 1943-04-27 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1971), born in Graz, Austria
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1959-06-01 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • 1965-09-05 David Brabham, Australian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 2009), born in London, England
  • 1966-04-08 Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • 1974-05-05 Seiji Ara, Japanese auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 2004), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1974-05-29 Marc Gené, Spanish auto racer (Ferrari, Williams F1, Le Mans 2009), born in Sabadell, Catalonia
  • 1975-11-02 Stéphane Sarrazin, French auto racer (Le Mans Series 2007, 10; French Formula Renault 1994; 24 Hours of Le Mans x 4 runner-up), born in Barjac, Gard, France
  • 1979-02-28 Sébastien Bourdais, French auto racer, (Champ Car World Series 2004-07, Le Mans 24 Hours 2016), born in Le Mans, France
  • 1981-07-29 Fernando Alonso, Spanish auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2005-06; 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018-19; FIA World Endurance C'ship 2018-19), born in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
  • 1987-04-01 Oliver Turvey, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 2014), born in Penrith, Cumbria, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1964-07-26 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), dies at 80
  • 1969-03-30 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), dies during Le Mans testing accident at 34
  • 1985-11-08 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • 1998-10-02 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), dies at 74
  • 2012-01-29 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), dies from cancer at 67