Mario and the 6 hours of Daytona

Published On January 28, 2015 » 2368 Views» By admin »

On Jan. 25, Tony Kanaan joined Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dan Wheldon, Mark Donohue, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Arie Luyendyk, Buddy Rice, A.J. Foyt, Bobby Rahal and Mario Andretti as Indy car drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the overall Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The race has been contested at a 24-hour duration from 1966-71 and 1973-present. In 1972, Andretti won on the Daytona road course, co-driving in a 6-Hour Continental.

So what happened to the 24 Hours At Daytona that year?

It was a transition year for FIA sports car endurance racing, which eliminated two classes that featured classic battles between the Ford GT40, Chaparral, Alfa Romeo 33, Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512 and replaced them with a class that 3-liter Formula One engines.

There also was a name change — World SportsCar Championship to Championship for Makes – and the FIA requested that endurance races such as at Daytona be limited to six hours (the 24 Hours of Le Mans the exception) because there was a concern that the new cars might not make it to the finish.

Andretti, who won the 1969 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race among many other career highlights, co-drove a Ferrari 312 PB with Jacky Icks to victory in all three North American rounds of the championship that year.

Kanaan also joined Andretti, Rahal, Luyendyk, Foyt and Franchitti as winners of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, the Daytona endurance race and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Like Andretti at Daytona, there is a distinction to the Sebring victory by Kanaan and Franchitti. They co-drove with Bryan Herta to the 2007 LMP2 class victory for Andretti Green Racing. Nevertheless, their accomplishments aren’t diminished.

Andretti, who turns 75 on Feb. 28, is a three-time winner at Sebring (1967, ’70 and ‘72). It was 30 years ago that Foyt teamed with Bob Wollek to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona and then the 12 Hours of Sebring in a Porsche 962.

 

 

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Andretti, who turns 75 on Feb. 28, is a three-time winner at Sebring (1967, ’70 and ‘72). It was 30 years ago that Foyt teamed with Bob Wollek to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona and then the 12 Hours of Sebring in a Porsche 962 ?!!!

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