Carroll Shelby... Born ... legendary racer, car builder.
Walter Christie... Died ... Race car driver, designed a front-wheel-drive race car, designer and builder of military equipment.
Leroy Warriner won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Memorial Coliseum, Ft Wayne, IN.
Bobby Allison drove his Ranier Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory as the NASCAR Grand National season opened with the Western 500 at Riverside International Raceway. The race was the last allowing full sized 115 inch wheelbase cars, beginning with Daytona all cars would be downsized to 110 inch wheelbase maximum. Darrell Waltrip made his first start for Junior Johnson Racing as did Ricky Rudd with DiGard Racing.
John Heydenreich won the preliminary feature on the opening of the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Expo Square in Tulsa, OK.
Quinn Epperly famed Indianapolis roadster builder , died at the age of 87.
Louis Krages Sports car driver, AKA "John Winter", winner of the 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Bryan Clauson won the opening night (Tuesday) qualifying feature of the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, OK. Michael Pickens was second followed by Jon Stanbrough, Jonathan Beason, Brad Kuhn, Caleb Armstrong, Tony Roney, Mike Hess, Ricky Stenhouse and Jac Haudenschild.