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June 9, 1898 – The oldest winning F1 driver is born
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June 9, 1898 – The oldest winning F1 driver is born

Luigi Fagioli, the oldest driver to ever win a Formula One race, was born on this day in 1898 in Osimo, Italy. It was there he developed a passion for the relatively new invention of the automobile. As a young boy he discovered a talent for driving after entering hill climbing and sports car racing events. He climbed the ranks and began Grand Prix racing in 1926. His continued successes behind the wheel earned him an invitation to race the Grand Prix Circuit for Maserati in 1930. Then his career took off. His Grand Prix wins included Coppa Ciano in 1930, the Italian Grand Prix in 1933 and 1934,  Coppa Acerbo in 1933 and 1934, and the Monaco Grand Prix in 1935. Fagioli is the only driver to win a Formula One race that was born prior to the 20th century. Fagioli faced some serio...
May 18, 1958 – Lotus makes its Formula One debut
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May 18, 1958 – Lotus makes its Formula One debut

Team Lotus made its Formula One debut today in 1958 at the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying, the opening event for the European racing season. Lotus entered two single-seat Type 12 race cars, which were driven by Cliff Allison and Graham Hill. While Ferrari was the favored team in the face, it was the Brits who took home the checkered flag thanks to the driving of Maurice Trintignant behind the wheel of his Cooper. At the same event, Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first female F1 driver. Both Lotus cars finished the race, with Allison in 6th and Hill in 26th. Anthony Chapman, founder of Lotus Engineering Company and racecar driver himself, took notes at the race and redesigned his cars based on the successes of other competitors. Just two years later a Type 18 Lotus was entered in...
May 1, 1994 – F1 driver Ayrton Senna da Silva dies in a wreck
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May 1, 1994 – F1 driver Ayrton Senna da Silva dies in a wreck

Tragedy struck on this day in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix when Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna da Silva was killed in a crash while leading the race. At the time of his death, he held a record six victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, and was the fifth-most successful F1 driver of all time in terms of race wins.  Senna attracted controversy throughout his career, particularly during his turbulent rivalry with Alain Prost. For example, at both the Japanese Grand Prix of 1989 and 1990, the championship deciding race that year between the two, Senna and Prost collided, resulting in Prost taking home the championships.  Senna's death was considered by many of his Brazilian fans to be a national tragedy. The Brazilian government called for three days of national m...
March 25, 1982 – Danica Patrick is born
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March 25, 1982 – Danica Patrick is born

By Zach Catanzareti. Danica Patrick, one of the most successful woman in automotive racing, was born on this day in 1982. Patrick got her start in racing at age 10 after getting behind the wheel of a competition go-kart. She has since raced in numerous circuits, including Indy, starting in 2005, and top tier NASCAR beginning in 2013. A prominent highlight of her career is a win at the 2008 Indy Japan 300. This represents the only female win in the IndyCar Series. Patrick is also the only woman to win the pole position for a NASCAR race, which she did for the 2013 Daytona 500. Check out the video below featuring a selection of highlights from her racing career: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixEu3c02x5A
March 1, 1921 – Cameron Argetsinger, founder of Watkins Glen International, is born
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March 1, 1921 – Cameron Argetsinger, founder of Watkins Glen International, is born

Cameron Argetsinger, born on this day in 1921, put Watkins Glen, New York on the racing map. Cameron developed a need for speed at a young age, following the purchase of a MG TC in 1947. That car became his membership ticket into the Sports Car Club of America. Cameron, who grew up spending his summers in Schuyler County, NY, dreamed of hosting a sports car race in Watkins Glen. In 1948 he organized the first Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix, though held on a circuit made up of public roads, not a race track. Top: F1 at Watkins Glen in 1974. By Christian Sinclair. CC2.0Above: Cameron Argetsinger in 1948 The event became widely popular, but due to several deaths of drivers and spectators, it ended after eight years. In 1956, as Executive Director of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix ...
February 24, 1955 – F1 Champ Alain Prost is born
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February 24, 1955 – F1 Champ Alain Prost is born

2 Four time Formula One Driver’s Champion Alain Prost was born on this day in 1955. The French race car driver is tied for third most F1 Championships with Sebastian Vettel. He falls behind Juan Manuel Fangio, with five, and Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, who are tied with seven trophies each.  Top: Prost practicing for his first event for Ferrari, the 1990 United States Grand Prix. By Stuart Seeger from College Station, Texas, USA - Prost Champion, CC BY 2.0, Above: Alain Prost driving a Renault RE40 by Jake Archibald, CC BY 2.0 Prost began his racing career in karting at the age of 14 after discovering the sport on a family holiday. By age 24 he had worked his way up from Formula Three to join McLaren’s Formula One team in 1980. Between his rookie year and 1993, Prost...
January 8, 2016 – Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female F1 driver, passes away
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January 8, 2016 – Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female F1 driver, passes away

Born to a wealthy Italian family in 1926, Maria Teresa de Filippis grew up an avid equestrian. The sport taught her how to handle horsepower at an early age. When she took up an interest in auto racing in her early 20s, two of her older brothers claimed she’d never be fast. She set out to prove them wrong, and did so in proper fashion. Shortly thereafter she entered her first race, a 10km drive between Salemo and Cava de’ Tirreni. She drove her Fiat 500 to victory, leaving her brothers jaws on the floor. Maria Teresa de Filippis at the Salemo and Cava de’ Tirreni, in her Fiat 500 Maria kept the pedal to the metal. By the early 1950s she would be racing at high levels of autosports. After finishing second overall in the 1954 Italian sports car championship, she was approached by...
May 18, 1958 – Maria Teresa de Filippis becomes first female F1 driver
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May 18, 1958 – Maria Teresa de Filippis becomes first female F1 driver

Born to a wealthy Italian family in 1926, Maria Teresa de Filippis grew up an avid equestrian. The sport taught her how to handle horsepower at an early age. When she took up an interest in auto racing in her early 20s, two of her older brothers claimed she’d never be fast. She set out to prove them wrong, and did so in proper fashion. Shortly thereafter she entered her first race, a 10km drive between Salemo and Cava de’ Tirreni. She drove her Fiat 500 to victory, leaving her brothers wide-eyed and slack jawed. Maria Teresa de Filippis at the Salemo and Cava de’ Tirreni, in her Fiat 500 Maria kept the pedal to the metal. By the early 1950s she would be racing at high levels of autosports. After finishing second overall in the 1954 Italian sports car championship, she was appro...
May 12, 1973 – “Bloody May” at Indy begins
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May 12, 1973 – “Bloody May” at Indy begins

Aerial view of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, host track of the venerable Indianapolis 500 auto race, held every Memorial Day weekend in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave of the Indiana capital city of Indianapolis. Carl G. Fisher, James A. Allison, Frank Wheeler, and Arthur Newby, founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, planned the suburb of Speedway south of the track. Constructed in 1909, the track is the original speedway, the first racing facility so named. It has a permanent seating capacity estimated at 235,000 with infield seating raising capacity to an approximate 400,000. It is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world (as of 2016). May of 1973 was a deadly month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earning it the nickname Bloody May. It began on this day in 1973 when Am...
April 12, 2020 – F1 great Stirling Moss has died
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April 12, 2020 – F1 great Stirling Moss has died

Moss racing an Aston Martin DBR1 at the 1958 12 Hours of Sebring. By C5813 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Stirling Moss, British Formula One driver and International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, died today, April 12, 2020. His racing career spanned from 1948 to 1962, during which time he won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grands Prix. Though he drove 84 different makes of car over the course of his racing career, he preferred to race British vehicles, stating, "Better to lose honourably in a British car than win in a foreign one." https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=Tl8qU0RprNU&feature=emb_logo Moss, who seemed to always come up just short, has been described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship." In a seven-...

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