Dempsey Wilson... Born ... USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's.
Benny Rapp... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's
Henry Seagrave drove his Irving-Napier to a new One Mile Speed Record of 231.446 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida
Troy Ruttman... Born ... AAA / USAC driver from the late 1940's to 1964. He raced in 12 Indy 500's and won in 1952. He was the older brother of NASCAR driver Joe Ruttman.
Derek Daly... Born ... Formula One and CART driver from the 1970's and 80's
Johnnie Tolan won the 50 lap Pacific Coast AAA Sprint Car race at the Carrell Speedway, Gardena, CA.
Joe Gosek... Born ... He was a super-modified racecar driver. He also raced in the 1996 Indianapolis 500, finishing 22nd. Joe has won numerous races at the famed Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY. Including their biggest race the International Classic 200 which he has won 3 times. Joe is also a multi-time season champion on the touring International Supermodified Association (ISMA) series.
Eddie Lawson... Born ... A former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion. After finishing his motorcycle career, Lawson pursued a career in four wheeled motorsport racing in the United States competing in the Indy Lights series and eventually to CART. In 1996 where he competed in 11 races with a best finish of 6th. Lawson was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2002.
Roger McCluskey won the 40 lap USAC Midget race at the Ascot Stadium, Gardena, CA. A.J. Foyt finished second followed by Jimmy Davies, Bruce Jacobi, Tommy Copp and Allen Heath.
Buzz Rose won the 20-lap CRA Sprint Car race at the California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds, El Centro, CA. Gene Brown was second followed by Colby Scroggin, Russ Long and Jack Brunner.
Gary Bettenhausen won the 100-lap USAC Astro Grand Prix Midget race at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. Bob Evans finished second followed by Rich Vogler, Johnnie Parsons and A.J. Foyt.
Bill Scott won the NASCAR Supermodified race at the San Jose Speedway in San Jose, CA. Howard Keading finished second followed by Johnny Brazil, Jack Epperson and Johnny Pearson.
Gary Balough won the Late Model Stock Car race at the Hialeah Speedway , Hialeah, FL. Dick Losenbeck finished second followed by Mike McCrary, Randy Tissot and Butch Sousa.
Monk Tate won the Sportsman Stock Car race at the Hickory Speedway , Hickory, NC. Jack Ingram finished second followed by Ted Wells, Ned Serzer and Bob Pressly.
John Calla... Born ... Founder of racing website wheelsofspeed.com.
Gordon Johncock won the first ever CART sanctioned Indy Car race, the 'Jimmy Bryan 150' at Phoenix International Raceway. Bobby Unser led until Danny Ongais took over on lap 87. Ongais had a 20 second lead and had lapped all but four cars before a long pit stop under green on lap 119 dropped him to 5th. Johncock took over as Ongais closed quickly before blowing the motor in the Interscope Special 10 laps later. Rick Mears finished second and Johnny Rutherford third. Johncock was driving the Patrick Racing Penske PC6...the first time that a Penske fielded by another team had beaten Penske's own entries.
A.J. Foyt won the 'Aggieland 250' USAC Stock Car race at Texas World Speedway. Foyt, driving a Chevrolet Camaro, took the checkered just under 3 seconds ahead of Freddy Fryar's Camaro. Among others in the 34 car field: Janet Guthrie and short track open wheel star Tom Bigelow in Armstrong Camaros and Neil Bonnett substituting for Bobby Allison in an AMC Matador (Allison was at Richmond for a NASCAR GN race).
Norm Hall... Died ... He drove in the USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1961, 1964, and 1965 seasons, with 17 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1961 and 1964. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish in 5th position twice in 1965, both at Trenton.
Dick Fraizer... Died ... AAA / USAC driver 1949 to 1956
Tony George announces the formation of the Indy Racing League.
Kevin Harvick wins the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 over Jeff Gordon at the Atlanta Motor Speedway , Atlanta, GA.
Jimmie Johnson won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR race over Jeff Gordon at Las Vegas International Speedway.