July 1
Juan Manuel Fangio drives an Alfa Romeo 159 to victory in the European Grand Prix at Reims, France. (1951)

Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the "2014 Canadian Grand Prix", born in Perth, Western Australia. (1989)

In Canadian History:
Ron Fellows of Toronto,
and American teammate Johnny O'Connell, drove their Compuware, Chevrolet Corvette C6R to a 2nd in class and 5th overall finish at the American Le Mans Series  "New England Grand Prix" at Lime Rock Park. USA. (2006)

Jean-Pierre Jabouille, driving a Renault RS10 / Renault-Gordini, finish 14.59 seconds ahead of Gilles Villeneuve, in a Ferrari 312T4 / Ferrari 015, to win the "Grand Prix of France".  The Canadian, Villeneuve, had earlier led for the first 46 laps. (1979)

July 2
Seven time NASCAR Champion, Richard "The King" Petty, born in Level Cross, North Carolina, USA. (1937)

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Statistically, Petty is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport, and one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole. Winning a record 200 races during his career, winning the Daytona 500 a record seven times, and winning a record 27 races (ten of them consecutively) in the 1967 season alone. He also collected a record number of poles (127) and over 700 top-ten finishes in his 1,184 starts, including 513 consecutive starts from 1971–1989. Petty is a member of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall in 2010.

Sam Hornish, Jr, three-time IndyCar Series Champion, and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner, born in Defiance, Ohio, USA. (1979)

Former F1 racer David Purley dies when his Pitts Special aerobatics biplane crashes into the sea near Bognor Regis, England. (1985)

In Canadian History:
Peter Ryan the first Canadian to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member is killed when his factory Lotus Formula junior rolled violently at Reims, France. Peter was was just 22. (1962)

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, Mario Andretti of the United States, drove his  John Player Team Lotus, to victory at the "Grand Prix of France", finishing 2.93 seconds ahead of teammate, Ronnie Peterson . Gilles Villeneuve of Canada finished 12th. (1978) 

July 3
Sebastian Vettel, the current Formula One World Champion, having won the championship 4 years in a row, in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, born in Heppenheim, Germany. (1987) 

Dick Barbour, Sports Car legend and team owner, is born. (1940)

In Canadian History:
A.J. Foyt driving the Gilmore Racing/Coyote won the USAC Champ Car Series "Molson Diamond Indy" at Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario. Ed Crombie of Williams Lake, British Columbia was 7th in the Crombie Brothers/Eagle. (1977)

Mario Andretti drove his Newman/ Haas Racing Lola to victory in the CART "Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland" at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. John Jones of Thunder Bay was 7th, and Ludwig Heimrath, Jr. of Toronto, was last with a blown engine on the first lap. (1988)

July 4
A J Foyt held off Bobby Isaac by a single car length to win the "Firecracker 400"at Daytona International Speedway, for his first Nascar victory. (1964)

René Arnoux, veteran of 12 Formula One seasons, born in Pontcharra, France. (1948)

Jan Magnussen, driver in CART, NASCAR, the FIA Formula One World Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, born in Roskilde, Denmark. (1973)

Johnnie Parsons, the 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner, born in California, USA. (1918)

July 5
Joe Amato sets an NHRA Top Fuel 1/4-mile elapsed time record with a run of 4.595 seconds at Topeka, Kansas, USA. (1996)

In Canadian History:
In Can-Am, Horst Kroll of Toronto starts from the pole, but has to settle for 4th after a lengthy pit stop to repair an oil leak, at Summit Point Motorsports Park, West Virginia, USA. (1986)
  With most of the regular crew back in Toronto, former teammate and Can-Am driver Mike Freberg assisted Horst in repairing a hole in the rocker cover. With his repair and return to the race, Horst was able to maintain his point lead, and keep the record of most consecutive finishes alive at 20. 
For more; The Horst Kroll Story} Part 4 - Championship Season & Final Farewell

July 6
The great Argentine race car driver Juan Manuel Fangio, winner of five Formula One driver's world championships, competes in his last Grand Prix race, the French Grand Prix held outside Reims, France. (1958)

Juan Pablo Montoya’s victory at the "Pocono IndyCar 500" clocked in at an average speed of 202.402 miles per hour, went into the record books as the fastest 500-mile race ever in Indycar racing history. (2014)

In Canadian History:
Sebastien Bourdais of Newman Haas Racing, finished ahead of Paul Tracy of Toronto, to win the "U.S. Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix" at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. Tracy's Player's/Forsythe teammate Patrick Carpentier finished 4th, while the third Canadian in the field Alex Tagliani was 8th. (2003)  

July 7
Kenny Irwin Jr, 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup series Rookie of the Year, is killed instantly when his car slams into the wall at 150 mph during a practice run at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (2000)

Swiss sports car and F1 racer Jo Siffert is born in Freiburg. (1936)

In Canadian History:
Jacques Villeneuve Sr

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and the Canadian Tire team finished 4th in the CART "Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix" at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. (1985)

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member, Eldon Rasmussen is born. (1936)

July 8
Benny Parsons wins the NASCAR Winston Cup Talladega 500 in a Dodge Charger (1973)

Dale Coyne, IndyCar Series team owner and former Champ Car team owner and driver, born in Minooka, Illinois, USA. (1954)

July 9
Jacques Villeneuve edge fellow Canadian Paul Tracy by less than 1 second to win the CART "Texaco/Havoline 200" at Road America. (1995)

July 10
Adam Petty, the first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history, following in the footsteps of his father Kyle, grandfather Richard, and great-grandfather Lee, born in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. (1980)

July 11
Rolf Stommelen, a four-time 24 Hours of Daytona champ as well as a Formula One driver, is born in Germany. (1943)

July 12
Rick Hendrick, owner of the NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports, born in Warrenton, North Carolina, USA. (1949)
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Throughout his career as a team owner, Hendrick has won 15 Drivers' championships (11 Sprint Cup Series, 1 Nationwide Series, and three Camping World Truck Series), 257 race wins (209 Sprint Cup Series, 23 Nationwide Series, and 25 Truck Series), and 245 pole positions (189 Sprint Cup Series, 35 Nationwide Series, and 21 Truck Series). He currently has 4 full-time drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

Benny Parsons, the 1973 Winston Cup Series Champion and later an announcer/analyst/pit reporter on SETN, TBS, ABC, ESPN, NBC and TNT, born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA. (1941)

Katherine Legge, former Indycar driver, born in: Guildford, England. (1980)

Two-time NHRA champion Larry Kopp passes away. (2004)

July 13
Davey Allison, 1987 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year, and named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, died in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway. (1993) 

Thierry Boutsen, former driver for the Arrows, Benetton, Williams, Ligier and Jordan teams in Formula One, born in Brussels, Belgium. (1957)

Jarno Trulli, the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix winner, born in: Pescara, Italy (1974)

Oriol Servià, former Indycar driver, born in Pals, Spain (1974)

July 14
Bill Blair, American stock car driver in the 1940's and the 1950's and one of the pioneers of NASCAR, born in High Point, North Carolina, USA. (1911)     

July 15
Jake De Rosier, on an Indian, defeats Charlie Collier, on a Matchless, in a 10 lap (22 mile) motorcycle race at Brooklands, England. (1911)

Bill Alsup, the first CART Rookie of the Year in 1979, born in Honolulu. (1938)

July 16
Merle Bettenhausen, three laps into his first Champ Car race on a paved track, Michigan International Speedway, tangled with Mike Hiss and crashed into the outside wall. The car exploded in flames and Merle tried to climb out while it was still moving. His right arm became trapped between the car and the wall and was torn off. (1972)

July 17
John Cooper, builder of the first mid-engined Formula One and Indianapolis racers, is born in Kingston, Surrey, England. (1923)

July 18
The great Argentine race car driver Juan Manuel Fangio, winner of five Formula One driver's world championships, makes his European racing debut at the French Grand Prix held outside Reims, France. (1948)

July 19
A J Foyt wins the USAC Championship race at Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey, USA, driving an Offenhauser-powered Watson Roadster. (1964)

July 20
Alberto Ascari drives a Ferrari 500 to victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. (1952)

July 21
Bobby Unser, driving an Eagle powered by a Drake-Offenhauser engine, wins the USAC Championship event at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, USA. (1974)

July 22
Niki Lauda wins the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in a McLaren MP4/2-TAG. (1984)

Scott Dixon, three-time IndyCar Champion, born in Brisbane, Australia (1980)

Calvin Fish, television announcer and a former race car driver, born in Norwich, England. (1961)

Horst Kroll of Toronto, finished second behind championship leader Michael Roe, in the SCCA Can-Am race at Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota, USA. (1984)

July 23
Sports car racer and Chaparral founder and team owner Jim Hall is born in Abilene, Texas, USA. (1935)

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member John Cordts, born in Hamburg, Germany. (1935)

July 24
Johnny O'Connell, GM factory racecar driver and endurance racer, born in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. (1962)

July 25
Rene Arnoux, and Renault/Elf teammate Alain Prost, finished 1-2 in the "Grand Prix of France", at Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France (1982)

Nelson Piquet jr, former Formula 1 driver, and son of three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet, born in Heidelberg, Germany (1985)

July 26
Lancia quits racing and gives all their racing cars and equipment to Ferrari. (1955)

In Canadian History:
Greg Moore of Maple Ridge, BC, wins the CART series "U.S. 500" at Michigan Speedway. On a tragic note, three fans are killed and six others wounded by flying debris from the car of Adrian Fernandez, during a 200 MPH crash. (1998)

Randy MacDonald, former NASCAR driver, current team owner of MacDonald Motorsports, which competes in the Nationwide Series, born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. (1962)

July 27
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer George Eaton, crosses the finish line on three wheels to place third in the Edmonton CanAm race. Eaton blew the right rear tire on his McLaren M12 just before the last corner and spun out a few meters after receiving the checkered flag. (1969)

July 28
A.J. Foyt drives a Trevis-Offenhauser to victory in the USAC Championship race in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. (1963)

July 29
Fernando Alonso, Formula One driver and a two-time World Champion, 33, born in Spain. (1981)

July 30
Scott Pruett wins the "Marlboro 500" at Brooklyn, Michigan, USA, for his first CART win. It is also Firestone Tire's first Indycar win after being away for over 20 years. (1995)

Neil Bonnett, named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, born in Hueytown, Alabama, USA. (1946) 

July 31
Louise Smith, the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, born in Barnesville, Georgia, USA. (1916)

Justin Wilson, Indycar and former Formula One driver, born in Sheffield, England (1979)

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