1959 in motorsport

The following is an overview of the events of 1959 in motorsport including the major racing events, motorsport venues that were opened and closed during a year, championships and non-championship events that were established and disestablished in a year, and births and deaths of racing drivers and other motorsport people.

Years in motorsport

1959 in sports

Annual eventsEdit

The calendar includes only annual major non-championship events or annual events that had own significance separate from the championship. For the dates of the championship events see related season articles.

Date Event Ref
22 February 1st Daytona 500 [1]
10 May 17th Monaco Grand Prix [2]
24 May 43rd Targa Florio [3]
30 May 43rd Indianapolis 500 [4]
1–6 June 41st Isle of Man TT [5]
20–21 June 27th 24 Hours of Le Mans [6]
15 November 6th Macau Grand Prix [7]

BirthsEdit

Date Month Name Nationality Occupation Note Ref
2 April Juha Kankkunen Finnish Rally driver World Rally champion (1986-1987, 1991, 1993). [8]
1 June Martin Brundle British Racing driver 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1990). World Endurance champion (1988). [9]
7 July Alessandro Nannini Italian Racing driver 1989 Japanese Grand Prix winner. [10]
11 October Wayne Gardner Australian Motorcycle racer 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle racing World champion (1987). [11]
18 Kirby Chambliss American Air racer Red Bull Air World Race champion (2004, 2006). [12]

DeathsEdit

Date Month Name Age Nationality Occupation Note Ref
22 January Mike Hawthorn 29 British Racing driver Formula One World Champion (1958). Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1955) [13]
8 June Leslie Johnson 47 British Racing driver One of the first British Formula One drivers. [14]
1 August Ivor Bueb 36 British Racing driver 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1955, 1957). [15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1959 Daytona 500". racing-reference.info. Racing Reference. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ "1959 Grand Prix of Monaco". racing-reference.info. Racing Reference. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ "43^ TARGA FLORIO". targaflorio.info. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "1959 Indianapolis 500". racing-reference.info. Racing Reference. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  5. ^ "TT 1959". iomtt.com. Isle of Man TT. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Le Mans Register - 1959". formula2.net. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  7. ^ "1959 Macau Grand Prix". motorsportmagazine.com. Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Juha Kankkunen". juwra.com. Jonkka's World Rally Archive. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Martin Brundle". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Alessandro Nannini". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Wayne Gardner". motorsportmagazine.com. Motor Sport Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  12. ^ Targett, Michael. "Pilot Profile: Kirby Chambliss". flightglobal.com. Reed Business Information Limited. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Mike Hawthorn". ESPN. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Leslie Johnson". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Ivor Bueb". en.espn.co.uk. ESPN. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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