The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit by Michael Cannell
1908-1916: Called the United States Grand Prize.
1910: The longest USGP at 415.2 miles.
1912: Two time defending champion, David Bruce-Brown, is killed while practicing at
1916: Winning speed is virtually identical to the first Long Beach winner -- sixty years
1960-1968: British drivers win nine consecutive USGP.
1971: The long course is built at Watkins Glen, expanding the track length from 2.3 miles
to 3.377 miles.
1975: Niki Lauda becomes first driver to win the USGP and World Driving Championship in the
same year. It has happened nine other times: 1976, 1980, 1988-1991, 2000, and 2003-2004.
1977: Mario Andretti becomes the first and only American driver to win a USGP in the
modern World Driving Championship era.
1991: Ayrton Senna wins his fifth USGP, more than any other driver until Michael Schumacher wins five.
2000: The USGP returns after a nine year gap in front of perhaps the largest crowd in F1 history.
2002: Michael Schumacher slows down to apparently allow Rubens Barrichello to take the win by just .011
2005: All of the teams using Michelin tires chose not to start the race due to Michelin's concern for safety of their tire.
2006: Michael Schumacher becomes first driver to win USGP four consecutive times.
2012: The USGP returns after a five year gap at a facility built specifically for F1.