The United States motor racing champion, Mario Andretti, swept to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid on Sunday (8 May), leading from start to finish.
GV PAN Cars at start and off.
GV PAN Car 5, Mario Andretti, in the lead, around bend.
GV Andretti around bend followed by Laffite and Reutemann.
GV Leading cars along straight.
GV PAN Andretti through series of bends followed by Reutemann, Scheckter and other cars. (2 shots)
GV Andretti around bend and takes flag. (2 shots)
CU Woman photographer, scantily clad, in pits.
SV Andretti surrounded by well-wishers.
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Background: The United States motor racing champion, Mario Andretti, swept to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid on Sunday (8 May), leading from start to finish.
SYNOPSIS: Two of the top world drivers, Niki Lauda of Austria and James Hunt of Britain, were forced to withdraw from the race. Lauda was suffering from a back injury and Hunt's new McLaren M-26 had engine troubles.
Andretti, in his Lotus, is emerging as the new star of the season and his corner-cutting technique gradually lengthened his lead -- right up to the last lap.
Andretti was followed closely, at times, by France's Jacques Laffite, who set a new lap record. But he was forced to have a pit stop to change his back wheels and finally finished seventh.
Carlos Reutemann of Argentina finished second, quickly settling in behind Andretti and not taking any extra risks to cut the lead. South Africa's Jody Scheckter, in his Wolf-Ford drove superbly to easily take third place.
Andretti's victory still left Scheckter heading the seasons standings, followed by the American champion and then by Lauda.
Scorching sun marked the race, although 80,000 spectators still packed the green hills surrounding the Jarama circuit.