La gagnante de la première édition des 24 heures de Daytona.
Un seul pilote pour la course !
Et petite histoire :
"Dan Gurney is one of those names synonymous with the event," Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said Thursday afternoon. "To the Lotus that won the first Rolex 24, it will be exciting to see that car back at Daytona. I could not be more pleased."
Gurney drove the open-cockpit Arciero Racing No. 96 Lotus-Climax 19B to victory in 1962. In those days, it was a three-hour race called the Daytona Continental. The ending was dramatic.
The California driver held a one-minute, 40-second lead in the final moments of the race when the engine blew.
In order to win the race, Gurney realized he would have to cross the finish line after time expired. If he crossed the line before the three hours were up, he would have to run another lap, which he was unable to do.
Gurney waited on the high groove of the 18-degree banked tri-oval and when the watch struck three hours, he coasted the final five feet to take the checkered flag and the win.
"The flagman was perched just up above me, and I was looking at my watch and he was looking at his watch and I was wondering whether in fact we had the kind of lead we thought we had," Gurney said.
"In the end, he waves the flag, and I turned left and coasted down the banking and that was the win."
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