• Short Summary

    The 1971 driving champion of the United States Auto Club, Joe leonard, won the Schaeffer 500 race at Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Saturday (July 29) setting a new track record of 154.781 miles-an-hour (248.7 kms)--more than 16 miles-an-hour (25 Kms) faster than the record set by Mark Donohue last year.

  • Description

    The 1971 driving champion of the United States Auto Club, Joe leonard, won the Schaeffer 500 race at Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Saturday (July 29) setting a new track record of 154.781 miles-an-hour (248.7 kms)--more than 16 miles-an-hour (25 Kms) faster than the record set by Mark Donohue last year.

    Leonard's victory was not confirmed until more than an hour after the race because of a controversy which developed when his teammate Al Unser--the 1970-71 Indianapolis winner who was also driving a Parnelli Offenhauser--was awarded the chequered flag.

    Officials later reversed the decision, awarding first place to Leonard who was clocked at three hours, 13 minutes and 49 seconds. They said a re-check of the scoring cards showed that only Leonard and Johnny Rutherford, who placed second in an Eagle Offenhauser, were in the same lap at the finish. The officials said Unser spent longer in the pits than Leonard and had also been penalised a lap for passing a car under a yellow light (danger) situation. Unser was finally placed third.

    Thirty-three cars roared off to a perfect rolling start. But by the half-way mark only 17 wee still running--and only sight finished the race.

    Leonard went into the Lead after Mario Andretti, another former Indianapolis winner driving an Offienhauser, dropped out when his car stalled in the pits because of gear trouble. Andretti had held the lead until the 16th lap.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA656G255STDLJ06ATPVGP7ZV7B
    Media URN:
    VLVA656G255STDLJ06ATPVGP7ZV7B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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