Today in Racing: 28 June

Another busy day in racing at the end of June, there were however only two Formula 1 Grands Prix on this day over the years.

Dan Gurney’s Brabham BT7 Climax held Graham Hill’s BRM and team boss Jack’s similar Brabham off to win the 1964 French Grand Prix at Rouen.

A most resourceful fellow, Gurney went on to develop the Gurney tab, an aerodynamic solution still used universally on the trailing edges of car bodywork and aerofoils, introduced the full-face helmet to racing and built his own and other F1 and other race cars alongside a most impressive racing CV.

Also in France, Michael Schumacher won the 1998 Grand Prix at Magny Cours driving a Ferrari F300. Teammate Eddie Irvine was second ahead of Mika Häkkinen’s McLaren-Mercedes.

Elsewhere in racing, Rudolf-Robert Lundberg won on the Moscow velodrome in 1899, Ugobaldo Tonietti’s Panhard-Levassor took the 1901 Padova-Bovolenta race and Louis Chevrolet the 1905 Brunots Island Champ Car race in Pittsburgh, USA.

So dominant was Antonio Ascari’s Alfa Romeo P2 in the 1925 Belgian Grand Prix, that he could take a leisurely pit stop for a snack and a drink and still return to the track and win at ease at Spa, while Tazio Nuvolari drove and Alfa Romeo 12C-35 to win the 1936 Circuito di Milano at the Parco Sempione.

More recently, Nino’ Farina stormed to 1953 Grand Prix de Rouen victory in a Ferrari 500 and in Rhodesia, Ian Fraser-Jones’ Porsche won the 1959 Mashonaland 100 in Salisbury and Peter de Klerk’s Alfa Special the 1964 Ray Amm Trophy at Bulawayo. Also, in the southern hemisphere midwinter, Max Stewart’s Mildren Waggott took the 1970 Tasman 2.5 Diamond Trophy at Oran Park in Australia.

In Indy racing in the USA meanwhile, Mario Andretti won the 1970 Rocky Mountain 150, Rick Mears won in 1981, Bobby Rahal in ’87, Michael Andretti in ’92, Scott Dixon in 2003, Tony Kanaan in ’08 and Carlos Huertas in 2014. Back across the pond, Sam Bird won the second 2015 Formula E London ePrix race.

Sportscar winners on this day include Emilio de Villota and Guy Edwards’s Lola T600-Ford at Enna-Pergusa in 1981 and Mauro Baldi and Jonathan Palmer’s Porsche 962C at Norisring ’87. There were two Can Am winners on 28 June – none other than our ’64 Belgian GP winner on this day, Dan Gurney’s McLaren M8D Chevrolet at St Jovite in 1970 and Teo Fabi’s March 817-Chevrolet (pictured above) at Mid-Ohio in 1981.

We are not finished with Dan Gurney yet today either – moving on to Trans Am in 1992, Juan Manuel Fangio II continued on his dominant way driving Gurney’s Eagle MkIII Toyota at Watkins Glen too. Butch Leitzinger James Weaver’s Riley & Scott Ford won the ’98 Grand Am race in Minnesota, Forest Barber and Terry Borcheller’s Doran JE4 Chevrolet Mid-Ohio ‘03 and Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook’s Corvette the 2015 Six Hours of the Glen.

On the day that NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and sportscar racers Dieter Glemser and Dieter Schornstein share birthdays, there were also four World Championship rallies as Hannu Mikkola’s Peugeot 504 won in Morocco in 1975, Walter Rohrl’s Lancia Rally 037 in New Zealand ‘83, where Carlos Sainz’ Toyota Celica Turbo also won in ’92, while Mikko Hirvonen won the 2009 Rally Poland in a Ford Focus RS.

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