Britain's Jackie Stewart, 1971 World Champion racing driver, won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York on Sunday (8 October) after this year's champion, Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, retried on the 14th lap of the race with mechanical problems.
GV Cars coming up to start...in car No. 8, Clay Regazzoni in Ferrari in F/G.
SCU Mario Andretti in car No. 9, a Ferrari, at start
GTV Start of race, cars into bend at end of straight, then down another straight (2 shots)
LV Car No. 7 Jackis Ickx in a Ferrari rounds bend followed by others
GV Cars down straight and into bend (3 shots)
LV Spectators in tree
GV Cars down straight passing crowd cowards finish
SV People watching race
GV Cars past finish line (2 shots)
LV Jackie Stewart's car arrives at pits surrounded by crowd
SCU PAN FROM Teammate and second place winner Francois Cevert (France) to Stewart
SV Crowd around Stewart
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Background: Britain's Jackie Stewart, 1971 World Champion racing driver, won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York on Sunday (8 October) after this year's champion, Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, retried on the 14th lap of the race with mechanical problems.
Stewart, driving a Tyrell Ford, led from start to finish in the 175-mile (280 km) race ahead of team-mate Francois Cevert of France, who won the event last year.
Stewart's earnings for the victory totalled $ U.S. 62,000 (GBP25,000 sterling).
SYNOPSIS: At the start of the nineteen-seventy-two United States Grand Prix, racing drivers from Italy's Ferrari team present a strong challenge. Ahead of them is the tortuous Watkins Glen circuit...and the threat of flying Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi, the man already assured of this year's championship.
Early in the race, Fittipaldi in his Lotus appears set to repeat the earlier victories of his championship season...until a broken shock absorber in the 14th lap puts him out of the race.
Jackie Ickx in a Ferrari puts up a sparking display of driving, but he is destined to finish only fifth. With Fittipaldi out of the race, last year's champion Jackie Stewart of Britain in his Tyrell Ford leads the race from start to finish without any serious threat throughout.
Averaging a hundred and seventy-five miles an hour, Stewart finished the race ahead of team-mate Francois Cevert of France, who won the event last year. The Scottish driver's earnings for the event totalled sixty-two-thousand American dollars.