At Daytona in Florida on Sunday (20 February) the "Daytona-500" Grand National Circuit stock car race was won by Taxes millionaire A.
At Daytona in Florida on Sunday (20 February) the "Daytona-500" Grand National Circuit stock car race was won by Taxes millionaire A. J. Foyt driving a Mercury Cyclone at on average speed of 161.550 miles (265 kilometres an hour). Foyt crossed the finish line four miles (5 kilometres) ahead of a Dodge in second place, and 14 miles (20 kilometres) ahead of the third-placed Mercury. After several early withdrawals there was little real competition for Foyt.... three-times winner of the Indianapolis-500....as he raced on to take the title and prize money worth 35 thousand dollars.
SYNOPSIS: Competitors prepare for the rolling start to the "Daytona-500" stock-car race in Florida on Sunday. This year's field began with 40 highly-tuned cars.
A large crowd had assembled at the Daytona Grand National Circuit to watch the start of one of the year's classic stock-car events.
In the first few laps the lead was hotly contested, but the pace....coupled with mechanical breakdowns....soon began to reduce the field.
Three times Indianapolis-500 winner, A. J. Foyt, driving a finely prepared Mercury Cyclone, led the way by a clear margin after the withdrawal of Richard Betty in a much-favoured Plymouth.
At this stage Foyt....number 21....and the other leaders, were lapping the circuit well in excess of 160 miles an hour.
Progress, flashed to the drivers, revealed that Foyt's lead was rapidly increasing with each lap.
The finish line ahead for A.J. Foyt....four miles ahead of his nearest rival, Charlie Glotzbach in a Dodge, and 14 miles clear of the third place-getter. Foyt took the Daytona title and 35 thousand dollars.