August 1
Bobby Isaac, former NASCAR Grand National champion born in Catawba, North Carolina, USA. (1932)

Sheldon Kinser, three-time USAC Sprint Car Series Champion, died of cancer. (1988)

Richard Petty wins the NASCAR Winston Cup "Talladega 500" in a Dodge Charger. (1976)

In Canadian History:
Allen Berg, former Formula One driver, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (1961)

August 2
In the fastest race in Indycar racing at the time, 24-year-old Michael Andretti wins the "Marlboro 500" at the Michigan International Speedway, with an average speed of 171.490 miles per hour. (1987)

Frank Biela, 5-time "24 Hours of Le Mans" winner, born in Neuss, Germany (1964)

Karl Kling leads a Mercedes-Benz 1-2-3-4 finish in the Rhineland Cup sports car race on the Nurburgring in West Germany. (1952)

August 3
Lou Sell sat on the pole and lead from start to finish at the SCCA Can-Am race at St Louis International Raceway, on August 3rd, 1986.
Horst Kroll
Horst Kroll of Toronto, with his second place finish, was heading home to Mosport with the point lead. Bill Tempero with a 5th place finish, now sat second in the standings, and was clearly the man Kroll needed to beat at Mosport.
After two seasons of precipitous decline, the SCCA moved in to take over control of Can-Am for 1986. Relationships with the remaining competitors quickly soured and, in July, the SCCA announced they were folding the series after the next race at Mosport.
After narrowly missing the championship the season before, Horst purchased one of the former Canadian Tire frissbees driven to the 1983 Can-Am Championship by Jacques Villeneuve Sr. With a strong backup car, Kroll approach the 1986 season much more aggressively.
Anything other than a title, and the 1986 season would be a huge disappointment. Hopes were high as the team headed home for the season finally.
For more; The Horst Kroll Story} Part 4 - Championship Season & Final Farewell

August 4
In Formula One history, on this day in 1963, John Surtees,
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driving a Ferrari 156, wins his first Grand Prix, the "German Grand Prix" at the Nurburgring. 

In NASCAR history, Kurt Busch,
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the 2004 Nextel Cup Series Champion and the 2014 Indianapolis 500 "Rookie of the Year", born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on this day in 1978.

Also in NASCAR, Jeff Gordon,  
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the 4-time Winston Cup Series Champion, is born in Vallejo, California, USA. (1971)

And in Canadian History, Jacques Villeneuve Sr,
driving the Canadian Tire March/Cosworth, won the CART "Provimi Veal 200" at Road America. With his win on this day in 1985, Villeneuve became the first Canadian to win a CART race. Jacques went on to finish the the season 8th overall in the standings. 

August 5
Gordon Johncock, 
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two-time winner of the "Indianapolis 500", born in Hastings, Michigan, USA. (1936)

August 6
Jim Crawford, 
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former Formula One, Indycar, Can-Am driver, and 1982 British Formula One Champion, died of liver failure, in Tierra Verde, Florida, USA. (2002) 

Also on this day;
Jeff Gordon wins the first "Brickyard 400" NASCAR Winston Cup race in 1994.
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Jeff Gordon's winning car at the inaugural Brickyard 400 (1994) on display in the Hendricks Motorsports Museum

And in Indycar history;
Cristiano da Matta, driver of the RuSPORT team, was involved in a collision with a deer during Champ Car open testing at Road America in 2006.
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The deer ran in front of his car as he was heading towards turn 6. He hit the deer with his right front tire, the deer then flew back and hit da Matta in the cockpit. He was unconscious when the safety crew extricated him from the car and was airlifted via Flight for Life to Theda Clark Medical Center south of Appleton, where he underwent surgery to remove a subdural hematoma. 

August 7
In Canadian history, Ron Beauchamp Jr,
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NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver, born on this day in 1968.

August 8
Nigel Mansell,
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who won both the Formula One World Championship (1992) and the CART Indy Car World Series (1993)is born on this day in Upton-upon-Severn, United Kingdom. 

Also born on this day in 1955, Michael Roe of Ireland. The former Indycar driver is best known as the 1984 Can-Am Champion, where he won 7 of the 10 rounds of the series, setting a series record for wins in a season as well as poles in a season, taking the pole in all 10 rounds.

And in Canadian history, Alex Tagliani from Montreal,
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driving the Johnson Controls (Paul Gentilozzi) Lola/Ford, won the Champ Car "Grand Prix of Road America" at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on this day in 2004.

August 9
In Canadian history, Sylvain Tremblay of Montreal, NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series driver and team owner of SpeedSource, 
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one of the largest road racing teams in North America, was born on this day in 1965. 

August 10
Kyle Busch set a new NASCAR record with his eighth win of the season, his sixteenth in all three major NASCAR series and swept the road course races by winning the "Centurion Boats at the Glen" at Watkins Glen International Raceway on this day in 2007.

In Canadian History:
Jacques Villeneuve led just one lap, the 77th a final lap, to win the "Marlboro Hungarian Grand Prix" at Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary (1997)

Paul Tracy finished .610 seconds ahead of Player's/Forsythe teammate Patrick Carpentier to win the CART "Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio" at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio. The third Canadian in the field, Alex Tagliani was 6th. (2003) 

August 11
In Canadian History:
Ludwig Heimrath Sr, the German-Canadian who wowed race fans with his achievements over a career of dominance that spanned five decades, born in Germany on this day in 1934. Ludwig, a Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, won the Trans Am Series championship in 1977, becoming only the second person born outside the United States to win the championship. 

Canadian Patrick Carpentier won the CART "Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio" at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, USA. Player's/Forsythe teammate Alex Tagliani was 7th. The other Canadian in the field, Paul Tracy dropped out in the early laps with engine failure. (2002)

August 12
Parnelli Jones, 1961 "Indianapolis 500" co-"Rookie of the Year" and the 1963 "Indianapolis 500" winner, born in Texarkana, Arkansas, USA. (1933)

In Canadian History:
                   Alan Jones finished 36 seconds ahead of Gilles Villeneuve to win his first Grand Prix, his home country's, "Austrian Grand Prix". (1979)
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L to R: 2nd Gilles Villeneuve(CDN) Ferrari 312T4, Winner Alan Jones(AUS) Williams FW07(his first GP win) and 3rd Jacques Lafitte(FRA) Ligier JS11. 

Ron Fellows of Toronto, drove his Hall of Fame Racing/Chevrolet to a 4th place finish at the NASCAR "Centurion Boats at the Glen" at Watkins Glen Raceway on this day in 2007. Tony Stewart won the race, with Denny Hamlin finishing second, making it a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing.

August 13
Tim Richmond, the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, died on this day at the age of 34, from complications from AIDS. (1989) 

In Canadian History:
Patrick Carpentier, 1996 Toyota Atlantic Champion and 1997 CART "Rookie of the Year", born in LaSalle, Quebec, Canada. (1971)

August 14
Bobby Isaac, while racing in a Late Model Sportsman event at Hickory pulled his car off the track without warning. He suffered a heart attack and died later at a local hospital. (1977)

Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque, died in Maranello, Italy at the age of 90. (1988)

Clifton "Coo Coo" Marlin,
 former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and father to NASCAR driver Stirling, died of lung cancer at the age of 73, in his hometown of Columbia, Tennessee, USA. (2005)

August 15
Carl Edwards, 2007 Busch Series Champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, born in Columbia, Missouri, USA. (1979)

Sam Schmidt, former Indy Racing League driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights series team owner., born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. (1964)

In Canadian History:
Ron Fellows of Toronto led his first Winston Cup laps, on way to a second place finish behind Jeff Gordon, in the NASCAR "Frontier @ the Glen" at Watkins Glen International Raceway on this day in 1999.

August 16
Michael Schumacher of Germany, drove his Ferrari to a 9.433 second victory, over the McLaren/Mercedes of David Coulthard, in the "Marlboro Hungarian Grand Prix" at Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary. Defending World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve of Canada, finished third in a Williams. (1998)

August 17
Nelson Piquet,
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3-time Formula One World Champion, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (1952)
He became the Brazilian national karting champion in 1971-72 and won the Formula Vee championship in 1976. With advice from Emerson Fittipaldi, Piquet went to Europe to further success by taking the record number of wins in Formula Three in 1978, defeating Jackie Stewart's all-time record. After retiring from Formula One, Piquet tried his hand at the Indianapolis 500 for two years. He also tried his hand at sports car racing during and after his Formula One career.
Since his retirement, Piquet has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in various motorsport polls. Piquet currently runs several businesses in Brazil and manages his son Nelson Piquet Jr.

Also on this day;
Alberto Ascari,  Nino Farina, and Luigi Villoresi all of Italy, completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Ferrari at the "Grand Prix of the Netherlands", at Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands. (1952)

Al Unser finished ahead of brother Bobby Unser to win the USAC Champ Car Series "Tony Bettenhausen 200" at Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. (1969)

In Canadian History:
Frank Biela and Marco Werner drove their Infineon Team Joest/Audi R8 to victory in the American Le Mans Series "Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport", at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Scott Maxwell of Toronto and teammate Gunnar Jeannette finished 3rd overall in the JML Team Panoz/Panoz LMP01, while fellow Torontonian Ron Fellows and his American teammate Johnny O'Connell, driving the Compuware/Chevrolet Corvette C5-R,  finished 4th overall and 1st in GTS class. (2003)

August 18
Dale Jarrett,
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the son of two-time Grand National Champion Ned Jarrett, drives the Wood Brothers/ Ford to a '10 inch' margin over Davey Allison to win his first career NASCAR Winston Cup race, the "Champion Spark Plug 400" at Michigan International Speedway. (1991)

August 19
In front of some 12,000 spectators, automotive engineer Louis Schwitzer wins the two-lap, five-mile inaugural race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with average speed of 57.4 mph (1909)

In Canadian History:
Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro driving the Audi Sport North America/Audi R8 won the American Le Mans Series "Gran Turismo 3 Grand Prix of Mosport" at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Ron Fellows and teammate Johnny O'Connell were 1st in GTS class with there 7th overall finish in the Corvette Racing/Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. (2001)

August 20
In Canadian History:
Paul Tracy of Toronto, drove the Kool (Team Green) Reynard/Honda to a 7.450 second margin over  Adrian Fernandez to win the CART "Motorola 220" at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. (2000)

Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, driving the Audi Sport North America/Audi R10 TDI, won the American Le Mans Series "Generac 500 Presented by the Chicago Tribune", by only .400 of a second over teammates Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello, at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. Ron Fellows of Toronto and American teammate Johnny O'Connell won the GT1 class with there 9th overall finish in the Corvette Racing/Chevrolet Corvette C6-R. (2006)

August 21
Paul Menard,

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2011 "Brickyard 400" Winner and son of Menards founder John Menard, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA. (1980)

In Canadian History:
Cliff Hucul, 
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former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, born in Prince George, BC, Canada. (1948) 
Cliff raced in the 1977-1981 seasons, with 24 combined career starts, including the 1977-1979 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1979 at Texas World Speedway. He later made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1986, finishing 40th and 31st. 

August 22
Juan Pablo Montoya drove his Target (Chip Ganassi) Reynard/Honda to a .783 margin over Dario Franchitti in the Kool/Team Green entry, to win the CART "Target Grand Prix of Chicago" at Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero, Illinois, USA. Teammate Jimmy Vasser was 3rd on the poduim in the other Target (Chip Ganassi) car. The top Canadian in the field Patrick Carpentier was 6th in the Player's/Forsythe entry. (1999) 

In Canadian History:
Paul Tracy of Toronto,
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drove his Marlboro Penske/Chevrolet to a 27.459 second victory over Nigel Mansell of Newman Haas Racing, at the CART "Texaco/Havoline 200" at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. The young Team Penske driver rebounded from a frightening crash on Friday to win the pole. It was Tracy's third career pole and his second straight here on the 4-mile trek through the rolling hills of Road America. Tracy led all 50 laps of the race. (1993) 

August 23
Kenny Wallace, 
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1989 Busch Series "Rookie of the Year", born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 
In a career spanning twenty five years in NASCAR, Wallace has nine wins, all occurring in the Nationwide Series. (1963) (more)

August 24
In Canadian History:
Don Thomson Jr,
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5-time CASCAR Super Series Champion, born in Ayr, Ontario, Canada. (1962)
Don is a former driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He drove the #4 Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for Fitzpatrick Motorsports for more than two decades before moving over in 2011 to the drive the #8 Dodge becoming teammates with Jason Hathaway. He retired after the 2011 season after winning multiple championships.
Among his many achievements; (click here)

August 25
Michael Schumacher,
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 Seven-time Formula One World Champion, makes his Formula One debut in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. (1991)

In a 16-year Formula One career, Schumacher's numerous F1 accomplishments also included records for most Grand Prix victories (91), most pole positions (68) and most career points (1,369) 

Lucy O'Reilly Schell finishes 12th, driving a Bugatti, in the Baule Grand Prix in France. She is the first, and only, North American woman to drive in a Grand Prix, and she would drive in three more. (1927)

Sara Christian, the first woman driver in NASCAR history, born in Dahlonega, Georgia, USA. (1918)

August 26
The final motor sport event held at Donington Park, England, before the start of WWII is a motorcycle race. Motor racing will not return to Donington until 1977. (1939)

August 27
Mark Webber, former Formula One driver currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, born in Queanbeyan, Australia. (1976)

Gerhard Berger, veteran of Formula One for 14 seasons, born in Wörgl, Austria. (1959) 
Berger twice finishing 3rd overall in the championship. He won ten Grands Prix's, achieved 48 podiums, 12 poles and 21 fastest laps. With 210 starts he is amongst the most experienced Formula One drivers of all time. 

August 28
Lothar Motschenbacher wins the USRRC race at Mid Ohio in Lexington, Ohio, USA, driving the McLaren-Olds owned by actor Dan Blocker. (1966)

In Canadian History:
Jason Priestley,
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actor, race car driver and Indycar team owner, born in Vancouver, BC, Canada (1969)

August 29
James Hunt, the 1976 Formula One World Champion, born in England, (1947)
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 Hunt was known as a fast driver with an aggressive, tail-happy driving style, but one prone to spectacular accidents, hence his nickname of Hunt The Shunt. 
The movie Rush, a 2013 British-German biographical sports drama film, centered on the rivalry between Hunt and Niki Lauda, during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. 

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In the book, James Hunt: The Biography, Niki Lauda stated that "We were big rivals, especially at the end of the season, but I respected him, because you could drive next to him, 2 centimeters, wheel-by-wheel, for 300 kilometers or more, and nothing would happen. 
He was a real top driver at the time."

August 30
Peter Gethin scores Team McLaren's 19th straight Can-Am victory when he wins at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. (1970)

In Canadian History:
Carl Edwards drove to a .393 second victory over Marcos Ambrose in the NASCAR Nationwide Series "NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge" at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A total of 8 Canadians started the race, Andrew Ranger was 3rd after leading 10 laps, Jacques Villeneuve finished 4th and lead for 3 laps, Jean Francois Dumoulin (7th), Alex Tagliani (26th), J.R. Fitzpatrick (27th), D.J. Kennington (crash), Ron Fellows (crash), Patrick Carpentier (engine). A ninth Canadian, Daryl Harr failed to qualify. (2009) 

August 31
Blaine Johnson

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killed in accident during qualifying for NHRA "Mac Tools US Nationals" drag race in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (1996).
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