Catch Two of Donohue's 1967 Lola T70 Cars at The Glen
Cars Starred in USRRC Championship and Can-Am Series
By: WGI Staff on 4/16/2009
This one of two identical 1967 Lola T70 Mark III b's that will be at Opening Day and will participate in the tribue laps at noon.
In 1967, Mark Donohue captured the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) and finishing tied for third in the Can-Am Series standings. The two Lola T70 Mark III b’s played a huge role in Donohue’s success in the USRRC and Can-Am Series. The combined stat line he tallied in these cars included six wins in seven races, the lone non-win being a third place finish, on his way to the USRRC title and two second place finishes along with a third place finish in the Cam-Am Series. Donohue would have likely been in the running for the Can-Am title if not for the combination of three DNFs and the level of dominance the McLaren cars driven by Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren exhibited by capturing five of the season’s six races. In the book The Unfair Advantage, Donohue called the Lola T70 “a very impressive car” and credited his experiences with it as “doing a lot for my career.”
Opening Day at WGI will feature a full day of on-track activity and the official release of the new Mark Donohue biography titled Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed from David Bull Publishing authored by Michael Argetsinger. Two versions of the new book will be available to purchase at the track, including the publisher’s edition for $99.95, and the regular edition for $39.95. In addition to the two 1967 T70 Can-Am cars, the six other cars currently scheduled to appear are the rare 1973 Penske PC-1/003 Formula 1 car, 1973 Eagle-Offy Indy Car, 1967 Trans-Am Camaro, 1961 Elva Courier, 1967 Shelby GT 350R SCCA B production car, and 1973 Porsche 917-30 Can-Am car.
For only $20, fans can drive three laps around the same turns as Mark Donohue and many legends of Motorsports on Opening Day. Gates will open at 9:00am with laps starting at 10:00am and ending at 3:00pm including a half hour break for the Mark Donohue Tribute Laps at noon. Proceeds from Opening Day will benefit the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC). Additional information on the weekend’s activities can be found either at the Center’s website www.racingarchives.org or the Watkins Glen International website, www.TheGlen.com.
Tickets for the entire 2009 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! For tickets and information, please contact the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can be all purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, Open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, Closed Sunday; 607-535-2338.