Britain's Jackie Stewart, already World Motor Racing champion for the year, yesterday (Sunday) won the Mid-Ohio race in the Can-Am series at first attempt.
Britain's Jackie Stewart, already World Motor Racing champion for the year, yesterday (Sunday) won the Mid-Ohio race in the Can-Am series at first attempt. Stewart, driving a Lola, completed the 192 mile course at an average speed of 95.7 m.p.h. Denny Hulme, the New Zealander who won the race for the last two years and returned the fastest practice time, had to withdraw with a broken axle.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds were out on Sunday for the mid-Ohio race in the canadian American Cup series. Britain's Jackie Stewart was out to add the race to his world championship.
But New Zealander Denny Hulme had been the fastest in practice.
They're off, with Hulme in the pole position and with the added advantage of having won the race for the last two years.
Hulme had returned the fastest practice time despite having an operation a couple of days earlier to remove fluid form his knee. Sadly a broken axle forced him out of the race.
So Jackie Stewart in his Lola was able to grab the lead. The America, Peter Revson, who returned the second fastest time in practice had earlier led for much of the way until he, too, was forced out with mechanical troubles.
Stewart down the straight. And for a man making his first appearance in this race, he seemed to be heading for certain success. And that's how it turned out, with Stewart winning with an average speed of 95.7 miles an hour. Switzerland's Jo Siffert in a Porsche was second and Tony Adamowicz of the United States was third. This was the fifth in a ten race series for sports cars offering prizes of nearly a million dollars. Seven races are run in the U.S., three in Canada.