Racing History

Surprise Victories Are Few And Far Between In Big-Time Racing

THE SPECIAL: Pat Flaherty drove the Dunn Engineering Special at Indianapolis in 1955 and won in it at Milwaukee later that year. (Indianapolis Motor...

Looking Back – Jan. 19, 2011

St. Louis speed merchant Bob Wente avoided a first-lap tangle and won the 50-lap USAC midget feature Saturday night on the concrete floor of Chicago’s International Amphitheatre. Former series champion Gene Hartley was less than a second behind Wente at the checkered flag while Chuck Rodee moved up from the sixth-starting spot to claim the show money.

Hamilton Drove Petty Car To Surprising Daytona Victory

The winner of the 12th running of the Daytona 500, which took place Feb. 22, 1970, at Daytona Int’l Speedway, was a driver few could have predicted.

Looking Back – March 16, 2011

In 1961, Stirling Moss, England’s top road racer, turned down Al Dean’s offer to drive one of the Dean Van Line Specials in the Golden Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on May 30. Dean made the offer via telegram and Moss replied: “Greatly appreciate your offer Indianapolis car but regret only interested in competing with British car. Regards and good luck — Stirling Moss.”

Torn From The Headlines: Feb. 18, 1970

Ford Motor Co., for several years the king pin on NASCAR's Grand National stock car circuit, will sharply curtail its stock car performance program following Sunday’s rich Daytona 600.

Torn From The Headlines: June 2, 1982

Gordon Johncock nipped Rick Mears by the eyelash-flicker margin of 16/100ths of a second Sunday to win the closest race in Indianapolis 500-Mile Race history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Torn From The Headlines: June 24, 1953

Pacing himself to an almost incredible degree, Dick Rathmann of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Alhambra, Calif., took the lead on the very first lap of today's International 200 lap stock car race at the Langhorne Speedway and never relinquished it, winning in three hours, six minutes and 14.18 seconds, driving a Hudson Hornet.

Torn From The Headlines: Aug. 20, 1986

Mario Andretti ended 14 years of frustration at Pocono Int’l Raceway Sunday with a one-lap victory over runner-up Kevin Cogan to win the Domino’s Pizza 500 CART PPG Indy Car race. An appreciative home crowd cheered him on, one that included his boss actor Paul Newman and actress Marsha Mason.

LOOK BACK: Shaffer Shocks Schatz In Nationals Finale

The engines could barely be heard above the crowd of 23,500 when Tim Shaffer slid under Donny Schatz and grabbed the lead as the pair raced to the white flag in the 50th annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.
Helio Castroneves won his third Indianapolis 500 in 2009. (IndyCar Photo)

Looking Back: Helio’s Third Indy 500

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years, so we thought it would be fun to take a look back in the archives to see what happened 10, 25 and 50 years ago each week.

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