1942: World Rally legend Hannu Mikkola was born. One of the original ‘Flying Finns’, Mikkola won 18 WRC events for Ford, Peugeot, Toyota and Audi and lifted the 1983 Drivers’ World Championship in the all-conquering Quattro.
1958: US team owner Chip Ganassi was born. The former racer has led his squad to victory in the Champ Car, IndyCar, Grand-Am and NASCAR series, with multiple wins in their respective blue-riband events, the Indy 500, Daytona 24 Hours and Daytona 500, also on the CV.
1963: Ivan Capelli was born. The Italian was a title winner in European F3 and International F3000 and went on to contest 93 GPs for Tyrrell, AGS, Leyton House March, Ferrari and Jordan. He came close to victory in the French GP in 1990 for the underdog Leyton House squad.
1964: The Brabham team secured its maiden F1 pole, thanks to Dan Gurney at the Dutch GP. The American retired with steering trouble, but would give Jack Brabham’s squad its maiden win just two races later…
1981: BMW’s fourth and final World sportscar Championship win came in the Nürburgring 1,000km, courtesy of the GS Tuning M1 of Nelson Piquet and Hans Stück. The F1 duo beat the Joest Porsche 908/80 of Reinhold Joest and Jochen Mass to add to the three wins scored by the Munich marque’s ‘Batmobile’ CSL in 1976.