December 1
Dan Gurney finished a lap ahead of Bobby Unser and the rest of the field to win the USAC Champ Car Series "Rex Mays 300" at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California, USA. Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member John Cannon was 9th. (1968)

December 2   
In Canadian History:
Peter Lockhart, 25 year Canadian road racing veteran, from Unionville, Ontario , is born. (1950) 

December 3
John Paul Sr, former winner of both the 24 hours at Daytona and 12 hours of Sebring, born in the Netherlands. (1939)

Bobby Allison, former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and owner, named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers, born in Miami, Florida,USA. (1937)

Rick Mears, one of only 3 four-time winners of the "Indianapolis 500" and the current record-holder for pole positions in the race with six, born in Wichita, Kansas, USA. (1951)

December 4
Raul Boesel, former Formula One, CART and World Sportscar Championship, born in Curitiba, Brazil (1957)

Stirling Moss, driving an Aston Martin DBR2, wins the Governor's Trophy race at Nassau in the Bahamas. (1959)

December 5
In Canadian History:
James Hinchcliffe, 2011 IndyCar "Rookie of the Year", born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. (1986)

December 6
Sean Edwards, race driver, instructor and the son of former Formula One driver Guy Edwards, born in London, England. (1986)

Keke Rosberg, winner of the 1982 Formula One World Championship, born in Solna Municipality, Sweden. (1948)

December 7
Robert Kubica, winner of the 2008 "Canadian Grand Prix" and the first Polish driver to compete in Formula One, born in Kraków, Poland. (1984)

In Canadian History:
Terry Clattenburg, Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame member, born on this day. (1944) 

December 8
Kevin Harvick, 2001 Winston Cup Series "Rookie of the Year" and 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, born in Bakersfield, California, USA. (1985)

Ryan Newman, 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series "Rookie of the Year", born in South Bend, Indiana, USA. (1977)

Kerry Earnhardt, eldest son of seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. (1969) 

December 9
Sheldon Kinser, three-time USAC Sprint Car Series Champion, born in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. (1942)

December 10
Price Cobb, the 1990 "24 Hours of Le Mans" winner and former Indy Racing League team owner, is born. (1954)

In Canadian History:
Canadian Tire Series driver, Robin Buck of Campbellville, Ontario, born on this day. (1963)

December 11
In Canadian History:
Dave Empringham, 2-time Toyota Atlantic, 1-time Indy Lights and 2-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge champion, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1963)

December 12
Emerson Fittipaldi, former 2-time Formula One World Champion, 2-time "Indianapolis 500" winner and the 1989 CART Champion, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (1946)

Wally Dallenbach Sr, long-time Indy car driver, born on this day. (1936)  

Bruce McLaren, driving a Cooper T51/Climax 2.5 L4 wins the United States Grand Prix at Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida, USA. (1959) 

December 13
Bill Vukovich Sr, the 1953 and 1954 Indianapolis 500 winner, born in in Fresno, California, USA. (1918)

Jarett Andretti, the son of former CART and NASCAR driver John Andretti, born. (1992) 

In Canadian History:
Michelle Ann Duff, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, born (Michael Alan Duff) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1939) 

December 14
"The Brickyard" is born, as workers place the last of the 3.2 million, 10-pound bricks that pave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since then, most of that brick has been buried under asphalt, but one yard remains exposed at the start-finish line. Kissing those bricks after victory remains a tradition among Indy drivers. (1909)

Alan Kulwicki, 1992 Winston Cup driver's and owner's champion, 1986 NASCAR "Rookie of the Year", named one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998, born in Greenfield, Wisconsin, USA. (1954)

Howdy Holmes, the 1978 Formula Atlantic champion and 1979 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. (1947)

December 15
Peter Gregg, a four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, and owner of Brumos, a Jacksonville, Florida car dealership, died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. (1980)

Max Angelelli, 2005 "24 Hours of Daytona" winner and the 2005 Grand American Daytona Prototype Champion, born in Bologna, Italy. (1966)

In Canadian History:
Marty Roth, former IndyCar Series driver and Superbike racer, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1958)

December 16
Active suspension is tested for the first time on a F1 car when Dave Scott drives the Lotus 92 at Snetterton, England. Lotus founder Colin Chapman dies the same morning from a heart attack.

A.J. Allmendinger, 2004 Champ Car World Series "Rookie of the Year", born in Los Gatos, California, USA. (1981)

December 17
Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2012 IndyCar Series Champion and 2014 "Indianapolis 500" winner, born in Dallas, Texas, USA. (1980)

In Canadian History:
Paul Tracy, 2003 CART/Champ Car World Series Champion and 2014 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee, born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. (1968)

December 18
First races held on the newly repaved (with 3,200,000 bricks replacing crushed stone and tar) Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (1909)

Raffaele "Ralph" de Palma, former Indy 500 & Vanderbilt Cup winner, is born in Biccari, Italy. (1882)

December 19
Louis Schneider, winner of the 1931 Indianapolis 500, born in  Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (1901)

December 20
Scott Goodyear, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member notable for almost winning the Indianapolis 500 on three different occasions, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1959)

December 21
Ayrton Senna, 3-time Formula One world champion, tests a Penske Indy Car at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (1992)

December 22
David Pearson, named one of "NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers", born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. (1934)

Bob Lazier, 1981 CART "Rookie of the Year" born in in Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA. (1938)

December 23
Michele Alboreto, winner of 5 Formula One Grand Prix's including the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix, born in Milan, Italy. (1956)

Greg Biffle, 2001 Busch Series "Rookie of the Year" and 2002 Busch Series Champion, born in Vancouver, Washington, USA. (1969)

Wendell Scott, the first African-American NASCAR racer, dies of spinal cancer at age 69. (1990)

December 24
David Ragan, 2007 NASCAR Busch Series "Rookie of the Year", born in Unadilla, Georgia, USA. (1985)

December 25
Louis Chevrolet, race car driver and founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. (1878)

In Canadian History:
Kat Teasdale, former Indy Lights driver, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1966)

December 26
In Canadian History:
Bill Brack, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, and the only driver to win three Canadian driving championships, and he did it in consecutive years, 1973, 74 and 75, born on this day in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1935)

December 27
Hans Stuck, former Formula One driver and father of 3-time "24 Hours of Lemans" winner, Hans-Joachim Stuck, born in Warsaw, Poland. (1900)

David "Salt" Walter, former driver in USAC, CART, NASCAR and unlimited hydroplane boats, died on this day in Trotwood, Ohio, USA. (2012)

December 28
Chad McQueen, actor, racecar driver and son of Steve McQueen, born in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1960)

December 29
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame racer Cal Rayburn is killed in a crash at Pukekohe, New Zealand. (1973)

Allan McNish, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as a three-time winner of the American Le Mans Series, born in Dumfries, United Kingdom. (1969)

December 30
William Tyler "Grumpy" Jenkins, drag racer and creator of the NHRA's Pro Stock class, is born. (1930)

Jordan Szoke, 9 time Canadian Superbike Champion from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, is born (1978)

December 31
Kenny Roberts Sr., 3-time and first American 500cc motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Modesto, California, USA. (1951)

Tony Kanaan, 2013 "Indianapolis 500" winner and the 2004 Indy Racing League Champion, born in Salvador, Brazil. (1974)

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