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Top 10 Canadian Auto Racing Firsts

Some facts and history you didn't know about Canadian Auto Racing
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First Canadian to drive in the Indianapolis 500

Pete Henderson, of Fernie, B.C., 1916

First Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500

Jacques Villeneuve, of Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., 1995

Winningest Canadian in Indy car history

Paul Tracy, of Scarborough, Ont., 31 (including two Toronto Indy victories)

First Canadian to drive in a Formula One race

Peter Ryan, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., 1961 (U.S. Grand Prix)

First Canadian to win a Formula One race

Gilles Villeneuve, of Berthierville, Que., 1978 (Canadian Grand Prix)

First Canadian to win the World Championship of Drivers

Jacques Villeneuve, of Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., 1997

First Canadian to drive in the NASCAR Daytona 500

Dick Foley, of Montreal, Que., 1959

(First Canadian to win the NASCAR Daytona 500

Still Waiting.)

First Canadian to win a NASCAR “Cup” race

Earl Ross, of Ailsa Craig, Ont., 1974 (Martinsville, Va.)

First Canadian to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans

John Duff, of Hamilton, Ont., 1924 (Frank Clement of Great Britain, co-driver of a Bentley)

First Canadian to win an NHRA drag race

Barry Poole, of Chatham, Ont., and Prince Edward Island, 1970 (Super Stock, Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.)

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