1969 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile Page Four
At 5:20 am one of the works Porsches retired with a blown engine. The remaining Ford GT40 was now in the lead but drivers Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver wouldn’t have much time to enjoy it because their car was also suffering from a cracked cylinder head. Their retirement came in spectacular fashion when at 7:35 am Ickx spun the car into the concrete retaining wall on the front straight. The fire that followed eliminated the car but Ickx escaped unhurt.
As the sun was coming up on the Daytona Speedway the remaining works 908 assumed the lead with the Penske Lola in second place some 200 miles behind the leader. The Porsche lead didn’t last long and they pulled into their pits with a blown intermediate shaft. The collapse of the five factory Porsche 908’s came in deadly order at 12:15 am, 12:25 am, 2:58 am, 5:20 am and the remaining Porsche 908L of Gerhard Mitter and Udo Schutz retired at 7:50 am.