Tracy, Calif. (November 5, 1967) - Bobby Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., has a Ford-powered car that's too hot to handle.
Builder A. J. Watson chose to use alcohol instead of nitrated fuel in the $23,000 sprint car because the engine was too fast for the half-mile oval at the Altamont Speedway.
Unser still shattered the record for 30 laps yesterday by roaring to an easy win in the United States Auto Club championship sprint car race.
He averaged 90.769 miles an hour and finished more than 11 seconds ahead of Don Thomas of El Cajon in 9 minutes and 58.27 seconds.
Unser also set a record for an 8-lap heat race of 2 minutes and 36.15 seconds, exceeding the old mark set by Thomas last year by better than 3.5 seconds.
“It’s a hot car in more ways than one,” said the 32-year-old Unser. “I have never driven a car where my feet got a better roasting or in which I was more uncomfortable.”
1. Bobby Unser
2. Don Thomas
3. Sam Sessions
4. Hal Minyard
5. Wib Spaulding
6. Steve Kennick
7. Bud Tinglestad
8. Larry Dickson
9. Dale Burton