A United States engineer - Mr. Mark Donohue of Stoney Brook, New York - won?
A United States engineer - Mr. Mark Donohue of Stoney Brook, New York - won the 13th annual 252-mile Nassau Trophy race Sunday (4 Dec) in Nassau, the Bahamas. His Lola Chevrolet Sunoco special averaged 105.684 miles an hour, a record for the distance on the 4.5 mile course.
Mr. Skip Scott of Devon, Pennsylvania nia (USA) and Mr. Peter Revson of New York City (USA), who had led the race for 54 of the 56 laps in their McLaren-Fords were second and third, respectively.
The race got off to an exciting start of the Le Mans type in which the drivers stand on the opposite side of the road and run to the cars on a countdown. There were 59 cars on the line. At the beginning of the second lap, a Ferrari driven by Rodrigo Borjes a 21 year old Venezuelan driving champion, ran off course, hit a wire fence and burst into flames. He was flown to a Miami, Florida hospital where he is reported in critical condition. (This scene was not filmed.)
Mr. Donohue is a 29 year old automotive engineer. He received about eight thousand dollars for his victory. His speed record eclipsed that of 103.273 miles an hour, set last year by Mr. Hap Sharp of Midland, Texas last year.
Shortly after Sunday's race, the Governor of the Bahamas, Sir Ralph Grey, presented the Nassau Trophy to Mr. Donohue. Mr. Donohue finished second over all to Mr. John Surtees of Britain in a recently completed Canadian American Challenge Cup series.