Mario Andretti’s surprise victory in the 1967 Daytona 500 is one of the great stories in American motorsports. Here’s the memorable race with all the action compressed into an excellent five-minute summary.
REVISED AND EXPANDED — Often called one of the greatest upsets in NASCAR history, the 1967 Daytona 500 featured Curtis Turner on the pole in Smokey Yunick’s legendary ’66 Chevelle (featured here at Mac’s Motor City Garage) and a deep field of favorites including Darel Dieringer, Richard Petty, and David Pearson. But it was open-wheel carpetbagger Mario Andretti, wheeling a Ford Fairlane, who stole the show with his wild, tail-out driving style.
At this moment in his career, the 27 year-old Andretti had just won the 1966 USAC Indy car championship, but he had only six NASCAR Grand National starts under his belt. Andretti was paired with Holman Moody lead driver Fred Lorenzen on a team that included future NASCAR crew chiefs Waddell Wilson and Jake Elder. Lorenzen, it was assumed, would star in the Holman Moody effort in this race. But by the end of the day, Andretti had led 112 of the 200 laps and only he and Lorenzen finished on the lead lap. Enjoy the race.