Unknown Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi scored his first international success with victory in yesterday's (Sunday's) United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York.
GV PAN start of race
GV PAN Jackie Stewart leading in car No 1., others past
TV Stewart passes
SV PAN Pedro Rodriguez in BRM car No. 19
LV PAN Reine Wissel in Lotus, No. 23
CU Graham Hill passes in Lotus No. 14
SV PAN Wissel passes ( 2 shots )
SV Rodriguez leads Wissel round bend
LV Emerson Fittipaldi leads in Lotus 24 from Rodriguez
SCU PAN Fittipaldi about to lap competitor
LV PAN Fittipaldi leading from Rodriguez
LV Fittipaldi gets chequered flag
Initials AH/MR/PS/1655 AH/MR/PS/1728
SPORT: GO-CART RACING
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Background: Unknown Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi scored his first international success with victory in yesterday's (Sunday's) United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York. Fittipaldi's surprise win assured the late Jochen Rindt of first place in the 1970 World Drivers championship. No other driver can now equal Rindt's points total.
Fittipaldi, in his first season of Formula One racing, took over the lead in his Lotus-Ford with eight of the 108 laps remaining.
Britain's Jackie Stewart set the early pace, and Rindt's lap record was shattered several times as Stewart and Belgium's Jacky Ickx battled for the lead. Both were put of the running by engine trouble.
Mexico's Pedro Roderiguez in the Yardley-BRM then took over the lead -- only to surrender it when he ran out of fuel eight laps from the flag. Fittipaldi, who was racing go-carts only 14 months ago, surged into the lead and kept it. Roderiguez was second and another unreckoned driver -- the Swede Reine Wissel in a Lotus -- was third. Wissel was brought into the Lotus team only two weeks ago to make up for the loss of Rindt.
Officials of the International Automobile Federation are expected to meet next week to decide whether Rindt becomes the first posthumous champion in the sport's history.