Driving his privately owned Lotus, British racing driver Stirling Moss won the United States Grand Prix at Riverside, California, Nov 21.
Driving his privately owned Lotus, British racing driver Stirling Moss won the United States Grand Prix at Riverside, California, Nov 21. Moss covered the 245 miles in 2 hours 28 minutes 52 seconds, at an average speed of 99 mph. It was a field day for British cars, they took the first six places.
Innes Ireland, another British driver, took second place in his Lotus, covering the course in 2 hours 29 minutes 30 seconds. Two Coopers drivers by New Zealand's Bruce McLaren and World Champion Jack Brabham of Australia finished third and fourth. Brabham, who has won five Grand Prix races to become World Champion for the second year running, lost almost a lap from Moss when he was forced into the pits with engine trouble.
Two British drivers, Surtees and Clark, were involved in a collision on a bend early in the race. The drivers were uninjured but Surtees was forced to leave the field.
In the closing laps Moss cracked up the pace to pull well away from the field. The fastest lap went to Jack Brabham at 101.5 mph. The result put Moss in third place in the World Drivers Championship behind Brabham and Bruce McLaren.