1970 24 Hours of Daytona

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The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona was an endurance race at the 3.8 mile road circuit at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA that took place on January 31 and February 1, 1970. It was the first race of the 1970 World Sportscar Championship season. This was the first race for the iconic Porsche 917K and Ferrari 512S cars.[1]

Race[edit]

On the awesome 31-degree high bankings of the Daytona Speedway, ex-Aston Martin race team manager John Wyer's Gulf-sponsored team finished 1-2 in the race and broke the distance record by 190 miles; with the #28 works Ferrari finishing 3rd. It was the first race in which the iconic Porsche 917K appeared, and this event effectively began the 917's domination of the WSC for the next 2 seasons.

Official results[edit]

Daytona's road course in 1970
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
5.0
2 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Mexico Pedro Rodriguez
Finland Leo Kinnunen
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 724
2 S
5.0
1 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 679
3 S
5.0
28 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC United States Mario Andretti
Italy Arturo Merzario
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 676
4 P
3.0
24 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Sam Posey
United Kingdom Mike Parkes
Ferrari 312P Coupe Ferrari 3.0L V12 647
5 P
3.0
23 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Tony Adamowicz
United Kingdom David Piper
Ferrari 312P Coupe Ferrari 3.0L V12 632
6 GT
+2.0
7 United States Owens-Corning Fibreglass United States Jerry Thompson
United States John Mahler
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 608
7 S
5.0
21 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Gregg Young
United States Luigi Chinetti, Jr.
Ferrari 250LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 603
8 S
5.0
18 United States William Wonder United States William Wonder
United States Ray Cuomo
Ford GT40 Mk. I Ford 4.9L V8 579
9 P
3.0
40 United States Gregg Loomis United States Gregg Loomis
United States Bert Everett
Porsche 906LE Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 573
10 P
3.0
33 France Equipe Matra-Simca France François Cevert
Australia Jack Brabham
Matra-Simca MS650 Matra 3.0L V12 565
11 GT
+2.0
89 United States Cliff Gottliob United States Cliff Gottliob
United States Dave Dooley
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 545
12 T
+2.0
12 United States Bob Mitchell United States Bob Mitchell
United States Charlie Kemp
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 535
13 GT
+2.0
6 United States Owens-Corning Fibreglass United States Tony DeLorenzo
United States Dick Lang
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 534
14 GT
2.0
74 United States Ralph Meaney United States Ralph Meaney
United States Gary Wright
United States Bill Bean
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 533
15 GT
+2.0
90 United States Or Costanzo United States Or Costanzo
United States Dave Heinz
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 521
16 GT
+2.0
14 United States Ray Cuomo Racing United States Ray Cuomo
United States Bernard Gimbel
United States George Lissberg
Ford Mustang Ford 4.7L V8 520
17 T
+2.0
95 United States Bruce Behrens United States Mike Brockman
United States John Tremblay
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 511
18 P
3.0
34 France Equipe Matra-Simca France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
France Henri Pescarolo
Matra-Simca MS650 Matra 3.0L V12 509
19 T
+2.0
11 United States Laurel Racing United States Larry Brock
United States Larry Dent
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 507
20 GT
2.0
78 United States Waldron Motors United States John Belpreche
United States Tony Lilly
United States Don Pickett
MGB BMC 1.8L I4 504
21 GT
2.0
77 United States Waldron Motors United States Chris Waldron
United States Lowell Lanier
United States Bill Barros
MGB BMC 1.8L I4 490
22 T
2.0
48 United States Del Russo Taylor United States Del Russo Taylor
United States Hank Sheldon
United States Ron Goldleaf
Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 Alfa Romeo 1.75L I4 478
23 T
2.0
38 United States Simone N. Fleming United States Paul Fleming
United States Amos Johnson
Fiat 124 Fiat 1.4L I4 473
24 GT
2.0
76 United States Scotty Addison United States Scotty Addison
United States Erhard Dahm
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 462
25 T
+2.0
98 United States Norberto Mastandrea United States Norberto Mastandrea
United States Smokey Drolet
United States Rajah Rodgers
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 409
26 T
+2.0
83 United States Collins-Wilson Racing United States Vincent P. Collins
United States Larry Wilson
Ford Mustang Ford 4.7L V8 407
27 S
5.0
71 United States Ray Malle United States Ray Malle
United States Bob Speakman
TVR Vixen Ford Ford 1.6L I4 364

Did Not Finish[edit]

Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
GT
+2.0
9 United States Mamie Reynolds Gregory United States Don Yenko
United States Bob Grossman
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 7.0L V8 542
S
5.0
25 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Dan Gurney
United States Chuck Parsons
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 464
GT
+2.0
8 United States Bob Johnson United States Bob Johnson
United States Robert R. Johnson
United States Jim Greendyke
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 457
GT
2.5
47 United States Sports Motors United States Jim Bandy
United States Fred Stevenson
United States Carl Williams
Lotus Europa Ford 1.6L I4 442
S
5.0
30 Italy Scuderia Picchio Rosso Italy Corrado Manfredini
Italy Gianpiero Moretti
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 412
P
3.0
53 Finland Hans Laine Finland Hans Laine
Netherlands Gijs van Lennep
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 385
GT
2.0
43 United States William Harris United States William Harris
United States Robert E. Lewis
Austin-Healey Sprite BMC 1.3L I4 373
GT
2.0
72 Canada Jacques Duval Canada Jacques Duval
United States Bob Bailey
Porsche 911T Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 365
T
+2.0
97 United States Preston Hood United States John Elliott
United States Don Gwynne, Jr.
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 354
S
5.0
3 Austria Porsche Salzburg Germany Kurt Ahrens, Jr.
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 337
GT
+2.0
94 United States Susan T. Cummings United States Don Cummings
United States Warren Stumes
Shelby GT350 Ford 4.7L V8 327
T
+2.0
15 United States Bob Fryer United States Ed Lowther
United States Bob Nagel
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 320
S
5.0
20 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Harley Cluxton
United States Gordon Tatum
Ferrari 365 GTB/C Ferrari 3.3L V12 308
S
5.0
17 United Kingdom Trevor Graham United Kingdom Piers Forrester
United Kingdom Andrew Hedges
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.9L V8 299
GT
2.0
77 United States Jennings/Keyser United States Bruce Jennings
United States Bob Tullius
Porsche 911T Porsche 2.0L I6 279
T
2.0
88 United States Dieter Oest United States Barry Batchin
United States Dieter Oest
Lancia Fulvia HF Lancia 1.6L V4 268
T
2.0
84 United States HCAS United States Walter Brown
United States Joe Marcus
United States Jim R. Sandman
BMW 2002 BMW 2.0L I4 257
T
2.0
85 United States Robert Whitaker United States Robert Whitaker
United States Richard Krebs
United States Harvey Eckoff
Volvo 122 S Volvo 1.8L I4 243
T
+2.0
92 United States Flem-Car United States Donna Mae Mims
United States Jim Corwin
United States Fred Pipen
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 220
T
+2.0
0 United States Roger Penske Racing United States Mark Donohue
United States Peter Revson
AMC Javelin AMC Rambler 5.0L V8 205
P
3.0
73 United States Ring Free Oil Racing France Bobby Rinzler
United States Charles Reynolds
Austin-Healey Sprite BMC 1.3L I4 178
S
5.0
22 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Ronnie Bucknum
United States Wilbur Pickett
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 142
T
+2.0
96 United States Vincenzo Gimondo United States Vince Gimondo
United States Chuck Dietrich
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.0L V8 130
S
5.0
27 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Belgium Jacky Ickx
Switzerland Peter Schetty
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 115
P
3.0
16 United States Ring Free Oil Racing United States Jim Baker
United Kingdom Clive Baker
Chevron B16 Ford-Cosworth FVC 1.8L I4 108
GT
+2.0
91 United States John Greenwood United States Allan Barker
United States John Greenwood
United States Richard Hoffman
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 101
S
5.0
39 Canada Rainer Brezinka Canada Rainer Brezinka
Canada Horst Petermann
Canada Rudy Bartling
Porsche 906 Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 96
S
5.0
26 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy Nino Vaccarella
Italy Ignazio Giunti
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 89
T
+2.0
93 United States Jim Harrell United States Jim Harrell
United States Len Magner
Ford Mustang Ford 4.7L V8 89
P
3.0
37 United States Fred Opert United States Brian Robinson
United States Hugh Kleinpeter
United States Fred Opert
Chevron B16 Ford-Cosworth FVC 1.8L I4 85
S
5.0
19 United States Auto Enterprises United States Francis C. Grant
United States Ray Heppenstall
United States Joe Marcus
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.9L V8 82
T
+2.0
66 United States Ed Matthews United States Ed Matthews
United States Don Sesslar
United States Al Weaver
Ford Mustang Ford 4.7L V8 63
T
2.0
86 United States Arthur Mollin United States Arthur Mollin
United States Art Riley
Volvo 122 S Volvo 1.8L I4 54
GT
2.0
70 United States Paul Stanford United States James Patterson
United States Paul Stanford
Porsche 911T Porsche 2.0L I6 29
GT
+2.0
46 United States Jack Haywood United States Claibourne Darden
United States Warren Matzen
Shelby GT350 Ford 4.7L V8 26
T
2.0
55 United States Jack Kearney United States Don Kearney
United States Dick Roberts
United States Wayne Purdy
Datsun 510 Datsun 1.6L I4 24
S
5.0
5 Canada Randy's Auto Body Shop Canada John Cannon
Canada George Eaton
Lola T70 Mk.IIIB Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0
P
3.0
54 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Carlos Pairetti
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
Argentina Jorge Omar del Río
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 0

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #28 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512S (Mario Andretti/Arturo Merzario)- 1:51.6 (122.903 mph/197.794 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap - #1 John Wyer Automotive Porsche 917K (Jo Siffert) - 1:48.7 (126.159 mph/203.033 km/h)
  • Distance - 4439.279 km (2735.974 mi)
  • Average Speed - 184,859 km/h (115 mph)
  • Weather conditions: Sunny

References[edit]


World Sportscar Championship
Previous race:
1969 1000km of Zeltweg
1970 season Next race:
12 Hours of Sebring