June 1
Former Formula One driver Martin Brundle, born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. (1959)

Born on this day, Ronald Dennis, the executive chairman of McLaren Automotive, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Group, and the team principal of McLaren Racing, the group's Formula One team, until 2009. (1947)

Former Indy 500 winner and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America member Tom Sneva is born on this day. (1948) 

In Canadian History:
Horst Kroll
Horst Kroll of Toronto edged Teammate Bill Adam of Oakville, Ontario to win the season opening Can Am race at Mosport. The two Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame members finish by a narrow 1.5 second margin in the rain soaked event. Mauro Lanaro of Montreal finished third to give Can-Am it's first 1-2-3 all Canadian sweep. (1986)
For more: The Horst Kroll Story} Part 4 - Championship Season & Final Farewell. 

Chuck Daigh, driving a Lotus 19-Climax, wins both heats of the Player's 200 sports car race at Mosport. (1963)

Greg Moore of Maple Ridge, BC, won the CART "Miller 200" at the Milwaukee Mile. (1997)

June 2
The 32-year-old race car driver and designer, Bruce McLaren dies in a crash while testing an experimental car of his own design at a track in Goodwood, England on this day. (1970) 

Former Nascar driver Kyle Petty, son of The "King" Richard Petty is born. (1960)

In Canadian History:

Horst Kroll of Toronto takes his first career Can Am victory at Mosport driving the Extrudex Aluminum sponsored Frissbee-Lola KR3. Teammate Joe DeMarco of Toronto placed third in the Horst Kroll Racing Lola T-300. (1985)
Joe DeMarco
For more: The Horst Kroll Story} The Horst Kroll Story} Part Three -1985 Season.

 Former Indy Light and Formula Atlantic driver Andrew Bordin of Woodbridge, Ontario is born. (1976) 

June 3
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray, born in Joplin, Missouri, USA. (1976)

In Canadian History:
Toronto's Paul Tracy wins the CART American Racing Series event on the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. (1990)

June 4
Bill France Jr., the leading force behind the transformation of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) from a regional sport into a multibillion-dollar industry with fans worldwide, died on this day at age 74 in Daytona Beach. (2007)

Henry Ford unveils the "Quadricycle," the first automobile he ever designed or drove. (1896)

In Canadian History:
Mario Andretti won the F1 Grand Prix of Spain driving a John Player Team Lotus. Canadian Gilles Villeneuve placed 10th in a Ferrari 312T3 at Madrid, Spain. (1978)

June 5
Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia wins the Miller Lite 225 on the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. Canadian Patrick Carpentier finished 3rd in the CART American Racing Series event. (2000)

Bruce McLaren wins the USAC-sanctioned sports car race at Mosport, Ontario, Canada, driving a Cooper-Oldsmobile. (1964)

In Canadian History:

Jacques Villeneuve Sr
Jacques Villeneuve Sr won the Labatt's Can-Am at Mosport driving the Canadian Tire Racing Frissbee GR3 - Chevrolet V8. Horst Kroll of Toronto was 5th. A fatal crash on lap 35 claimed the life of Mike Allen of California. (1983) 

June 6
Dave Strickler, 1960s drag racer, Eastern Motorsports Press Association inductee and one of the sport’s first touring professionals, dies of a heart attack while mowing his lawn in York, Pennsylvania. (1985).

In Canadian History:
Canadians Paul Tracy and Greg Moore finish 1-2 in the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. Moore's Player's/Forsythe teammate and fellow Canadian Patrick Carpentier finished 9th in the CART American Racing Series event. (1999) 

June 7
Tim Richmond, the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee is born in Ashland, Ohio, USA. (1955) 

In Canadian History:
Michael Schumacher wins the Player's Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (1998)

June 8
On this day, a hand-built aluminum prototype labeled "No. 1" becomes the first vehicle to bear the name of one of the world's leading luxury car manufacturers: Porsche. (1948)

In Canadian History:
Canadian Greg Moore wins the ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit at The Raceway at Belle Isle CART event. (1997)

June 9
David Hobbs, former international racing driver, currently works as a commentator for NBC and NBC Sports Network, born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. (1939)

Merle Bettenhausen, born on this day in 1943 in Tinley Park, Illinois. The second oldest member of the Bettenhausen racing family, he is the son of Tony Bettenhausen and the brother of Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Bettenhausen Jr. Merle's USAC Champ Car racing career was brief and tragic. Three laps into his first Champ Car race on a paved track, Michigan International Speedway on July 16, 1972, he 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.

In Canadian History:
Michael Schumacher wins the Air Canada Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Canadian Jacques Villeneuve retired his BAR Honda on lap 8 with oil pressure problems. (2002)

June 10
Paul Newman, the movie star, turned race car driver, accomplishes the greatest feat of his racing career. Newman co drove a Porsche 935 twin-turbo coupe with Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen, to second place in the 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans. (1979)

In Canadian History:
Peter Ryan the first Canadian to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix is born. (1940)

Ayrton Senna drove his Honda/Marlboro McLaren to victory at the Molson Grand Prix of Canada on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (1990)

Ralf Schumacher finish ahead of brother Michael to to win the Air Canada Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Canadian Jacques Villeneuve retired his BAR Honda on lap 34 with a broken half shaft. (2001)

June 11
Three-time World Driving Champion, Jackie Stewart, nicknamed the "Flying Scot",

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born on this day in Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. (1939)

1974 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, and 1985 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter, Duane "Pancho" Carter, Jr, born in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. (1950)

Tom Gloy, 1984 Trans-Am Series Champion, 1979 Formula Atlantic Series Champion, and former driver in the CART Championship Indycar series, born in Lafayette, California, USA. (1947)

In Canadian History:
Danny Ongais drove his Parnelli / Cosworth to victory in the Molson Diamond Indy/ USAC Champ Car Series event at Mosport International Raceway. (1978)

The Canadian Grand Prix was notable for having produced the only Grand Prix victory for French driver Jean Alesi. This was seen as a popular victory, as Alesi was driving the red number 27 Ferrari, as famously driven by Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve.

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Adding to the victory was the fact that the win also occurred on Alesi's 31st birthday. This race also marked the last time to date that a Grand Prix was won by a car with a V12 engine. (1995)

June 12 
The all Andretti team of Mario, Michael, and John Andretti drove a Porsche 962C to a 6th place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race was won by the Jaguar XJR-9 LM of Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries, and Andy Wallace. (1988)

In Canadian History:
Paul Tracy of Toronto won the CART "ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit", finishing 9.247 seconds ahead of Marlboro/Penske teammate Emerson Fittipaldi. Fellow Canadians, Jacques Villeneuve finish 7th, and Scott Goodyear was 11th. (1994) 

Ayrton Senna drove his Honda/Marlboro McLaren to victory at the Molson Grand Prix of Canada on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (1988)

June 13
Emile Levassor drives a Panhard et Levassor car with a two-cylinder, 750-rpm, four-horsepower Daimler Phoenix engine over the finish line in the world's first real automobile race. Levassor completed the 732-mile course, from Paris to Bordeaux and back, in just under 49 hours, at a then-impressive speed of about 15 miles per hour. (1985)

In Canadian History:
Just five weeks after Gilles Villeneuve had a fatal crash during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, the Canadian Grand Prix was the scene of the second fatality in Formula One that year. 24 year old Italian driver, Riccardo Paletti, was killed when he crashed his Osella, into the rear of the stalled Ferrari, of pole sitter Didier Pironi on the starting grid. The Osella's nose was crushed in, severely trapping Paletti in the car. Sid Watkins, the FIA's head doctor, was quickly on the scene to stabilise and assist Paletti. As Watkins climbed over the wreckage of the Osella, the fuel tank ignited, enveloping the car in a wall of fire. When the fire was finally put out, the injured Paletti was without a pulse. It took the rescue workers 25 minutes to cut him out safely from his wrecked car. He was flown by a medical helicopter to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he died soon after arriving. It was only his second Formula One start. Nelson Piquet of Brazil won the race. (1982)

June 14
Penske Enterprises acquire Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, USA. (1973)

In Canadian History:
Andrew Ranger, drives his Wal-Mart / Tide Ford to victory in the" Dickies 200" NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at Mosport International Raceway. (2009)

Gerhard Berger drove his Honda/Marlboro McLaren to victory over Michael Schumacher in a Benetton Ford at the Molson Grand Prix of Canada on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (1992)

June 15
James Hunt, the 1976 Formula One World Champion, died of a heart attack, at the age of 45, at his home in Wimbledon, London, England, (1993)

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Two days previously, Hunt cycled from his home to Television Centre, to comment on the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix. 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."

Richard Petty makes the 1,000th start of his National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) career, in the Miller American 400 in Brooklyn, Michigan. He became the first driver in NASCAR history to log 1,000 career starts. (1986)

Mercedes-Benz 300SLs finish 1-2 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the car of Kling and Riess beating the car of Helfrich and Niedermeyer. It was the first Le Mans win for Mercedes-Benz and first Le Mans win for an enclosed car. (1952)

In Canadian History:
Jacques Villeneuve , Nicolas Minassian, and Marc Gene, finished 2nd overall at the "24 Hours of Le Mans" driving a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP. Villeneuve's fellow countryman, Ron Fellow's of Toronto, finished 2nd in GT1 class and 14th overall, co-driving the Compuware/Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, with Johnny O'Connell, and Jan Magnussen. 
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The race was won by the Audi R10 TDI of Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello, and Tom Kristensen. (2008)   

Nigel Mansell drives his Williams/Honda to victory at the Labatt Grand Prix of Canada on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (1986) 

Mario Andretti, finish ahead of son Michael, to win Budweiser / G.I. Joe's 200 CART event, at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon. Canadian Jacques Villeneuve Sr, finished 5th, following a crash with Tom Sneva, two laps from the end of the race. (1986)

Canadian Player's/Forsythe teammates, Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy, finished 1st & 3rd respectively, in the CART "Grand Prix of Monterey" at Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California. (2003)

Mike MacKenzie a former NASCAR driver from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is born. (1955)

June 16
Michele Alboreto drives to victory over teammate Stefan Johansson for a Ferrari sweep at the Labatt Grand Prix of Canada on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. (1985)

In Canadian History:
Jacques Villeneuve of Canada finish 4.183 seconds behind  Williams/Renault teammate Damon Hill for a second place finish at the Molson Grand Prix of Canada on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (1996)

Scott Goodyear of Toronto, finished 3rd at the "24 Hours of Le Mans", driving a Porsche 911 GT1 along with teammates, Yannick Dalmas of France, and  Karl Wendlinger of Austria. (1996)

Ron Fellows of Toronto finished 1st in the GTS class, and 11th overall, at the "24 Hours of Le Mans" driving a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, along with teammates, Johnny O'Connell of the USA, and Oliver Gavin of England. (2002)

Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe, takes a 3rd place finish in the IZOD IndyCar Series event at the Milwaukee Mile. The race was won by Ryan Hunter-Reay. (2012)

Maurice "Mo" Carter of Hamilton, driving a Chevrolet Camaro, wins the SCCA Trans Am race at Watkins Glen, New York, USA. (1973)

June 17
Enzo Ferrari drives an Alfa Romeo to victory in a race in Ravenna, Italy. It is Ferrari's first race victory. (1923)

Donnie Allison, finished two laps ahead of brother Bobby, in second place to claim his first career NASCAR Grand National victory. (1968) 

In Canadian History:
Ron Fellows of Toronto finished 1st in the GTS class, and 8th overall, at the "24 Hours of Le Mans", driving a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, along with teammates, Johnny O'Connell and Scott Pruett of the USA. (2001)

Toronto's Ron Fellows, finished 2nd in the GT1 class, and 6th overall, at the "24 Hours of Le Mans" driving a Chevrolet Corvette C6-R, along with teammates, Jan Magnussen of Denmark, and Johnny O'Connell of the USA. (2007)

June 18
F1 and Can-Am champion Denis Hulme, born in Nelson, New Zealand. (1936)

In Canadian History:
Canadians Scott Maxwell, John Graham and Greg Wilkins, drove to victory at the "24 Hours of Le Mans", winning the LMP 675 class for Multimatic Motorsports, aboard a Nissan-powered Lola. (2000) 

Michael Schumacher wins the Air Canada Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Teammate Rubens Barrichello finished 0.174 seconds behind to complete the Ferrari 1-2 sweep. (2000)

June 19
Mauro Baldi, Yannick Dalmas, and Hurley Haywood drive a Dauer Porsche 962LM to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the last major race for a 962. (1994)

In Canadian History:
Toronto's Ron Fellows finished 2nd in the GT1 class and 6th overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving the Compuware sponsored Chevrolet Corvette C6-R along with teammates Max Papis of Italy and Johnny O'Connell of the USA. (2005)

Paul Tracy of Toronto finish 3rd at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland. Other Canadians in the race were Andrew Ranger (7th), Michael Valiante (11th) and Alex Tagliani a DNF with engine failure. (2005)

The 2005 United States Grand Prix was one of the most controversial Formula One motor races in modern history. Out of 20 cars entered for the race, only the six cars from the teams using Bridgestone tyres (Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi) competed. The remaining fourteen entrants including Canada's own Jacques Villeneuve, all using Michelin tyres, completed the parade lap (thus having technically taken part in the race, avoiding punishment), but retired to the pits before the race started. Following several tyre failures before the race, Michelin advised its seven customer teams that without a reduction in speed in Turn 13, the tyres provided for the race would only be safe for 10 laps. The situation was worsened by the 2005 Formula One rules, which forbade tyre changes during the race; and also by a resurfacing of the circuit, which resulted in greater tyre wear. Of the six competitors, Ferrari's Michael Schumacher was the eventual winner, with his teammate Rubens Barrichello finishing second. (2005)

June 20
Rothmans sponsored Porsche 956s finish 1-2-3 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jackie Ickx and Derek Bell drive the winning car. First overall race victory for the 956. (1982)

Juan Manuel Fangio drives a Maserati 250F to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. (1954)

In Canadian History:
Canadian Indeck/Forsythe teammates Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier finish 3rd & 4th respectively in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland. Fellow Canadian Alex Tagliani was 7th. (2004)

June 21
Alex Zanardi drives a Reynard-Honda to victory in the CART Budweiser/G.I. Joe 200 in Portland, Oregon, USA. (1998)

In Canadian History:
Lloyd Shaw puts a Jaguar on the pole for the NASCAR stock car race at Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA. (1953)

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member John Cannon is born. (1933)

June 22
James Hunt wins the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. It was the first GP win for Hunt and only GP win for Hesketh Racing (1975).

In Canadian History:
Canada's Paul Tracy finish 2nd and fellow countryman Alex Tagliani was 3rd at the G.I. Joe's 200 CART event at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon. Adrian Fernandez of Mexico City, Mexico was the race winner. (2003)

June 23
Alex Zanardi, driving a Target Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96I-Honda, scores his first CART victory, at Portland, Oregon. (1996)

In Canadian History:
James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ontario won the IZOD IndyCar Series "Iowa Corn Indy 250" at Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa. (2013)

June 24
Five-time World Driving Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, born in Mar del la Plata, Argentina (1911).

In Canadian History:
Ron Fellows of Toronto finished 3rd in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series "Bully Hill Vineyards 150" at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY. (2000)

Charles (Chuck) Rathgeb the head of Comstock Canada and Comstock Racing the most successful racing team Canada has ever seen passed away peacefully at home in Toronto at the age of 83. (2005)

Paul Tracy of Toronto wins the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. (2007) 

Former Indycar driver Claude Bourbonnais of L'Ile-Perrot, Quebec is born (1965)

June 25
Augie Pabst, driving a Scarab MK2-Chevrolet, wins the USAC Road Racing Championship event at Indianapolis Raceway Park, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (1961)

In Canadian History:
Ron Fellows of Toronto driving the Bully Hill Vineyards/Joe Nemechek Chevrolet wins the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series "Lysol 200" at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY. (2000)

Canadians Ron Fellows and Jacques Villeneuve finished 2nd and 3rd at the NASCAR Nationwide Series "Bucyrus 200 Presented by Menards" at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Other Canadians, Andrew Ranger was 6th and J.R. Fitzpatrick 10th. (2011)

June 26
Carl Marchese, the 1929 Indianapolis 500 "Rookie Of the Year", died of an apparent heart attack in Valrico, Florida, USA. (1984)

Marco Lucchinelli, 1981 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion, born in Caparana, Italy. (1954)

In Canadian History:
Paul Tracy of Toronto finish 3rd at the CART "Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200" at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon. Other Canadians were Jacques Villeneuve (6th), Ross Bentley (22nd) and Scott Goodyear (28th due to engine failure). (1994)

Ron Fellows of Toronto drove the AER / Bully Hill Vineyards, Joe Nemechek owned Chevrolet to victory at the "Bully Hill Vineyards 150" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY. (1999)

Paul Tracy won the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. Other Canadians, Alex Tagliani was 4th and Andrew Ranger finish 8th. (2005)

June 27
Jim Clark wins the French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand in a Lotus 33-Climax. (1965)

In Canadian History:
Polesitter Ron Fellows of Toronto driving the BellSouth Mobility/Joe Nemechek Chevrolet finish 2nd behind Dale Earnhardt Jr at the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series "Lysol 200" at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY. (1999)

June 28
John Force beats Ed "The Ace" McCulloch in the final round at Montreal, Canada's, "le Grand National" for his first NHRA Funny Car win. (1987)

In Canadian History:
Scott Goodyear of Toronto won the "Pep Boys 200" Indy Racing League race at New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire. (1998) 

Ron Fellows of Toronto driving the BellSouth Mobility/Joe Nemechek Chevrolet won the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series "Lysol 200" at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY. (1998)

June 29
Mark Donohue, winner of the 1972 Indianapolis 500, elected to the Society of Automotive Engineers. (1973)

In Canadian History:
Ross Bentley of Vancouver and Didier Theys of Belgium codrove to a second place finish at the "Paul Revere 250" Grand American Road Racing Series race at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida. (2000)

June 30
Guido Adami drives a 5.3L Panhard to victory in the Coppa Italia. It was the first road race of multiple laps in history. A 300 km race consisting of 4, 75 km laps. (1901)

In Canadian History:
Damon Hill lead teammate Jacques Villeneuve of Canada to a Williams/Renault 1-2 victory at the Grand Prix of France at Circuit de Nevers - Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France. (1996)

Greg Moore of Maple Ridge, BC finished third in the CART "Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland" at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. (1996)


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