1970 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile Page Thirteen
The race ended with the Pedro Rodriguez/Leo Kinnunen 4.5 liter Porsche 917K covering 724 laps and 2,758.44 miles with a record average speed of 114.866 mph. This would be a record distance for the Daytona 24 not exceeded until 1987. The Siffert/Redman 917K came in second 45 laps and 171 miles behind the winning car. Brian Redman received official credit for having driven not only the winner but the second place finisher at Daytona in 1970. To his credit Redman declined to be part of the ceremonies in victory circle because he felt he had not spent that much time in the winning car and the victory rightly belonged to Rodriguez and Kinnunen.
Mario Andretti along with co-drivers Arturo Merzario and Jacky Ickx brought home the sole remaining Ferrari 512S in third place. Not bad for a car that was brand new, never fully tested and never raced. Andretti would get redemption for himself and Ferrari at Sebring six weeks later. The 1970 Daytona 24 Hour race would mark factory Ferraris return to WSC endurance racing after a three-year hiatus.
Fourth and fifth were a couple of NART Ferrari 312Ps driven by Mike Parkes and Sam Posey in one car with Tony Adamowicz and David Piper in the other. Jerry Thompson and John Mahler finished sixth in a Corvette while Gregg Young and Luigi Chinetti, Jr. finished seventh in a NART Ferrari 250 LM. Eighth went to William Wonder and Ray Cuomo in their Ford GT40, ninth was Gregg Loomis and Bert Everett in a Porsche 906LE and tenth was the Matra 650 of Francois Cevert and three-time Formula One champion Jack Brabham.
There are some interesting stories surrounding both the Adamowicz/Piper NART Ferrari 312P and the Matras. When Mike Parkes brushed the wall and damaged a radiator on his 312P the NART mechanics replaced it with their only spare. Later when the Adamowicz/Piper 312P had their radiator holed by bits of track debris Adamowicz came in for a repair and was told that they had no spare radiator for him.
Incredibly enough he was told to continue racing without any coolant but to keep an eye on the car’s oil temperature and not exceed 9500 rpm. Except for a quick pit stop to address a minor oil leak the 312P ran for five and one half hours without any coolant, completing 632 laps and finishing second in class and fifth overall. The other NART 312 P finished first in class and fourth overall
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