690331 Follmer race 3

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690331 Follmer race 3 - Bianchi dies at Le Mans Associated Press LE...
Bianchi dies at Le Mans Associated Press LE MANS, France - Italian Italian racing driver Lucien Bianchi was killed yesterday when his 3-liter Alfa Romeo raced off the track and hit a t e 1 e g r aph pole in the second day of practice for the Le Mans 24-hour auto classic. B i a n chi's car raced off the track and exploded when it struck the pole and a transformer station, station, witnesses said. They said Bianchi was instantly instantly killed. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Bianchi, who had lived in Belgium since 1947, was that country's No. 2 racing driver. The shy smiling red-haired sportsman, last year won at Le Mans with Pedro Rodriguez Rodriguez of Mexico in a Ford GT40. He appeared to be the winner winner of the London-Sydney Rally Rally last year until his Citroen collided with a small car. Bianchi suffered a skull fracture. fracture. His best racing friend and frequent teammate was Jackie Jackie Ickx, Belgium's No. 1 driver. driver. Together they won the Watkins Glen, N.Y., endurance endurance race in a Ford GT40 last year. Bianchi, 34, was born in Milan, Milan, the son of a Alfo Romeo racing mechanic. He was married to a Belgian and had three daughters. More about Continued From Page 27 had held the lead until he was forced out. THEN MARIO ANDRETTI took the lead and held it for 16 laps before his STP Turbo- charged Ford was slow with a loose half-shalf. Roger McCluskey, the Tucson Tucson driving ace, had trouble making the start, but held forth in a threatening position position for 62 laps before retiring retiring with an overheated engine. A. J. Foyt, McCluskey's driving mate, retired on lap 23, when a rock knocked a hole in the oil cooler of the Turbo-Charged-Ford. Bobby Unser, driving a Tur- Follmer Bryan race victor bo-Charged-Eagle — 0 f f y, held the lead from lap 28 to lap 122. Going into turn 3 of the 121st lap a large puff of smoke emitted from Unser's Unser's exhaust signifying to all that his engine would last no more. Only eight cars of an original original 23 starters finished the race. The 95-degres heat did nothing to help the drivers or cars. Bettenhausen, who won the 200-mile Bobby Ball race here in November of last year, did not get into the race until the 110th lap. He was experiencing experiencing difficulties with his rear end assembly during early morning practice and at first decided not to start the race. Then Ned Spath put his Topaz Equipment Special into the wall on turn one during qualifying. qualifying. Bettenhausen and his pit On this date ONE YEAR AGO •The Phoenix Roadrunrters made the Patrick. Cup playoffs of the Western Hockey League with 8 4-2 win over San Diego. FIVE YEARS AGO ' Defending champion Charlie Pas- arell beat Dennis Ralston 6-3, 3-6, tr-'A for the Thimderbird Invitational Tennis title. TEN YEARS AGO Minneapolis Lakers edged the defending defending NBA chamoion St. Louis Hawks 106-104 for the Western Division Division title. TWENTY YEARS AGO Mrs. Allan Bragg won the Class A title in the Arizona Country Club's women's play while Mrs. Albert Fields won Ciass B and Mrs. Paul Wolfe Class C. crew ilicn removed the rear end from the wrecked car and installed in the ailing Thermo-PCing Special. 1. George Follmer, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., $8,400, 150 Inps. 2. Wallv Dallenbach. Dallenbach. East Brunswick, N.J., $4,850 147 laps. 3. Lloyd Ruby, Wichita Falls, Tex., $2,800, 145 laps, 4. Billy Vukovich, Fresno, Fresno, Calif., $1,8B7.SO, 141 laps. 5. Jigger Slrols, Hammond. Ind., $1,550, 133 laps. 6. Mike Moslev, West Covina, Calif., $1,250, 133 laps. 7. Dave Strickland, Pleasant Hills, Calif., $1,000, 131 laps. 8. B. Unser, Albuquerque, N. M., $1,625 including $750 USAC appearance money for 1948 Indy win, 121 laps. 9. Porky Rachwitz, Riverside, Calif., $812.50, 107 laps. 10. Gordon Johncock, Hastings, Mich., $750, 96 laps. 11. Denny Zimmerman, Zimmerman, Glastonberry, Conn., $687.50, 83 laps. 12. George Feier, Toronto, Canada, Canada, $625, 82 laps. 13. Greg Weld, Kansas Kansas City, Mo., $542.50, 66 laps. 14. Roqer McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz., S50C, 62 laps. 15. Dempsev Wilson, Hawthorne, Calif., S437.50, 50 laps. 16. Mario Andretti. Nazareth, Nazareth, Pa., $375. 33 laps. 17. Jerry Grant, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5312.50, 34 laos. 18. Tommy CCRP, Fresno, Calif., 5250, 31 Isos. 19. Art Pollard. Medford, Ore., 5250, 27 laps. 20. Gary Bet'onhauscn, Tinloy Park, III.. S250, 24 laps. 21. A. J. Fcyt, Houston, Tex., ;250. 23 laps. 22. A. Unsrr, Albunue'quo, M M.. $'«*.. 14 laps. 23. Max Dudley, Auburn, Wash., 5251. 8 laps. Brabham urns fiP trophy rare SILVERSTONE. England (AP) — Australia's Jark Brabham, former triple world champion, led from start to finish and won the 21st international international trophy race for Grand Prix cars yesterday. Driving a car of his own design, Brabham lapped most of the field, including world champioft Graham Hill of Britain, before half of the 52 laps had been covered. Brabham finished the 152.36 miles in one hour. 25 minutes, 20.8 seconds for an average speed of 107 miles pcr-hour. /VXOfVTGO/IAERY H im^ •^^^^^•^^"^ SAVE ^^* -- mil If) 49 to **5S Riverside IY'7 MILEAGE TIRE 'X N ,. N

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 31 Mar 1969, Mon,
  3. Page 55

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