Winning Lola to return to Daytona

| 20 Sep 2011

The famous "number 6" Lola T70 that Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons drove to victory at the 1969 Daytona 24 Hours is to be part of the 50th anniversary champions display.

The Roger Penske-entered sports-racer will be at the Florida track in January next year when the round-the-clock spectacular marks its half century during the 2012 Rolex 24.

The Donohue/Parsons win was the first for Chevrolet in an international endurance race and also the first time Penske celebrated a triumph at Daytona International Speedway.

Parsons was a last-minute replacement in the car for injured Ronnie Bucknum and, apart from fine driving from him and Donohue, many credited the win to Penske's tactical acumen and making the driver's race conservatively to preserve the car.

As a result, the Lola suffered only relatively minor problems (but still enough for it to spend more than two hours of the 24 in the pits) while the pre-race favourites – Porsche 908 and Ford GT40 – retired. The Lola eventually won by 30 laps covering 2383 miles.

Other cars planned for the display include the Arciero Racing Lotus-Climax 19B  from the inaugural Daytona Continental, as it was then called, in 1962, the winning Porsche 907 from the 1968, the 1993 Eagle GTP and the Preston Henn Porsches from 1983 and 1985.See the website for more.