George Clark... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
Bill Rader... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1900's.
Bill Vukovich , driving the #45 Gerhardt Offy, won the AAA Midget race at the Kearny Bowl, Fresno, CA.
Johnny Beauchamp ,Having lost the inaugural 'Daytona 500' in a photo finish the month before, won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race at the 1 mile dirt Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia by a full lap. It was the first career GN win for the former IMCA star from Harlan, Iowa. Beauchamp was again in Roy Burdick's T-Bird, giving Thunderbirds three straight GN wins. Buck Baker, lapped with 13 laps to go, finished second.
George Amick won the 100 lap USAC Midget race at the Ascot Speedway, Gardena, CA. Johnnie Parsons finished second followed by Mike McGreevy, Johnny Boyd, Shorty Templeman, Johnnie Tolan, Ray Crawford, Danny Oakes, Tommy Copp, Gene Gurney, Dempsey Wilson and Wayne Weiler.
Don Branson won the 30 lap USAC Sprint Car race at the Birmingham Raceway, Birmingham, AL. A.J Foyt finished second followed by Jud Larson, Van Johnson, Eddie Sachs, Jerry Blundy, Rex Easton, Nick McCormick, Elmer George and Tommy Hinnershitz.
Fred Lorenzen took the checkered flag in the NASCAR GN 'Southeastern 500' at 60 mph. Lorenzen had led since lap 7, but the Holman-Moody Ford began smoking with 24 laps to go on the 1/2 mile paved Bristol International Speedway. Lorenzen slowed the car and nursed it to the line a half lap ahead of teammate Fireball Roberts.
A.J. Foyt drove his Offy powered Watson roadster to victory in the 100 mile USAC Championship race at Phoenix International Raceway, the first event for Indy Cars on the one mile paved oval.
Peter Revson... Died ... Formula One and the Indy car driver. The nephew of Revlon Cosmetics industry magnate Charles Revson, he was an heir to his father Martin's fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion). During a practice run for the 1974 South African Grand Prix in Johannesburg, he was killed as a result of suspension failure on his Shadow Ford DN3.