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A.R.A. Racefacts Bulletin and Model Review (09/14/97)

15 September 1997


	Jeff Gordon (DuPont Hendrick Chevrolet Monte Carlo) won
Sunday's CMT 300 NASCAR Winston Cup race at New Hampshire
International, scoring his tenth victory in 25 1997 Winston
Cup races!  Jeff has now scored ten wins in two consecutive
"modern era" (1972-97) Winston Cup seasons, a feat achieved
before only by Richard Petty (ten wins in 1974, 13 in 1975)
and Darrell Waltrip (twelve wins in 1981 and twelve wins in
	How is Jeff doing in his quest to tie or break Richard
Petty's Winston Cup "modern era" season record for wins of
13?  In Petty's 13-win 1975 season, he took his tenth win in
race 22, his eleventh in race 23, his twelfth win in race
25, and his thirteenth 1975 win in race 28 of the 30-race
season!  Thus, Jeff is two wins short of Richard's 25-race
	Ted Christopher (LesCare Chevrolet Monte Carlo) won
Saturday's New Hampshire International CMT 100 NASCAR Busch
Grand National North race; Ted took his first BGN North win
September 8, 1996 at NHIS!
	Ted also won at Watkins Glen this year; his Watkins
Glen-NHIS "double" is the second in series history as the
feat was first achieved by Joe Bessey in 1995!
	Reggie Ruggiero (Gulf Pontiac) won Saturday's New
Hampshire International CMT 100 NASCAR Featherlite Modified
Tour event; he started 37th on Hoosier tires!
	Mike Stefanik leads both series' point standings after
a fourth-place BGNN finish and a third-place result in the
Modified Tour event.
	Stefanik seeks to achieve a unique NASCAR same-season
"double" - championships in two NASCAR touring series in
different types of cars!
	One NASCAR driver, however, has already achieved a
same-season "double" by winning the title in two touring
series, but with the same type of car!  Lee Petty won the
1958 NASCAR Winston Cup (then Grand National) title and also
won the 1958 NASCAR Late Model Short Track title, a touring
series for the same cars racing on smaller facilities!
	Entering its next event at Las Vegas, the 1997
SportsCar Exxon World Sports Car series has already had its
best season (1994-97) in terms of races with four lead-lap
finishers, with three events achieving the feat versus the
previous record of two in 1995 and 1996!
	At Mosport Park, Andrea Montermini set Fast Lap for the
MOMO Ferrari team; the Fast Lap was his fifth of 1997 and of
Andrea's Exxon WSC career!  Montermini is already tied for
19th on the all-time Fast Laps list!
	Montermini's five Fast Laps in seven 1997 WSC races
established a new WSC season record, bettering the old mark
of four in a season first set by Wayne Taylor in 1995's
eleven-race season and equalled by Massimiliano Papis in
1996's ten-race season!
	Bill Auberlen's Mosport Park Exxon Supreme GTS-3 pole
(PTG BMW M3) was his 18th in GTS-3, tied for first on the
all-time GTS-3 Pole list with Dennis Aase's 18!


	The Penske Racing-Kirk F. White Sunoco Ferrari 512M
driven to a third place finish in the 1971 Daytona 24 Hours
by Mark Donohue and David Hobbs holds a fond place in the
memories of endurance sports car racing fans.  The car was
fast but unlucky!
	The Brumm 1:43 model of the Sunoco 512M as driven at
Daytona is, appropriately, a beautiful dark blue with yellow
wheels, spoiler, engine cover intakes, and airbox.  Numerous
photographs of the Daytona racer show the model to be
accurate in its reproduction of the original.
	The interior is well-detailed and even at 1:43 scale is
clearly visible!  The intakes are clearly visible on either
side of the cockpit, and the engine is visible under the
airbox cover.  The airbox, spoiler, and five-spoke wheels
are yellow plastic and the taillights red plastic.  Clear
plastic is used for the glass area and covers the headlight
lens units; the wiper unit is black plastic.  The body is,
as with other Brumm models, metal.  Fit and finish quality
is excellent.
	The model is 3.8 inches long, 1.75 inches wide, and
about one inch tall.
	The Penske 512M was actually Ferrari 512S chassis
number 1040!  Number 1040 made its debut in the July 12,
1970 Watkins Glen SCCA Can-Am driven by Jim Adams for
Earle-Cord Racing; Jim finished 20th in the race after
starting 18th; he completed 67 of 87 laps.  In the July 26,
1970 Edmonton Can-Am, Jim qualified tenth and finished
seventh, completing 75 of 80 laps.  In the August 23, 1970
Mid-Ohio Can-Am, Adams qualified sixth; he was relieved by
Bob Bondurant in the race.  The car ran out of fuel after 72
of 80 laps but still placed eighth.  Its five-liter (305
cubic inches) engine was at a great handicap to the 430 and
465-cubic inch Chevrolet V8s common in the Can-Am; Denis
Hulme won all three of the 1970 Can-Am races the Ferrari
competed in driving Chevrolet-powered McLaren M8D entries.
	In Directory of Classic Prototypes and Grand Touring
Cars, Anthony Pritchard notes: "This, undoubtedly the most
potent of all the 512 series Ferraris, had started life as a
512S run in a few 1970 Can-Am races.  It was bought by Kirk
White of Philadelphia, who had it prepared for sports car
racing by Roger Penske.  The car was completely rebuilt,
from the chassis up, with many of the suspension components
replaced and major changes made to the steering geometry. 
The riveted aluminum panelling was replaced and the car was
fitted with a new 512M-type body, complete with a full-width
rear aerofoil.  Penske sent two of the 5-litre Ferrari
engines to Traco, the Chevrolet development specialists, who
rebuilt them completely and introduced a number of minor
modifications so that the power output comfortably exceeded
600 bhp.  The turn-out of this car was magnificent, in blue,
with yellow wheels with polished rims.  Unfortunately it had
started as something of a short-term project, and one year
was not sufficient for a small team to turn this car into a
	In his book, Ferrari: Sport Racing and Prototypes,
Antoine Prunet writes: "Three 512Ms were lined up for the
1971 Daytona 24-hour race, but the most striking of all was,
without question, the blue and yellow berlinetta entered and
prepared by Kirk F. White and Roger Penske.  A spin-off from
the 512S spider of Earle-Cord Racing, and transformed into
an "M," the 512 Sunoco Penske-White had been constructed
with the utmost care.  The cylinder heads, modified by the
California company, Traco, had provided extra horsepower;
the suspension had been revamped, but by far the most
striking feature was the impeccable fiish-down to the
minutest detail, such as the Indianapolis-style fuel-filler. 
It was not long before this fast and safe method of
refuelling became obligatory in racing, together with a
vacuum system permitting brake pads to be changed in one
minute.  With the best time in practice (by Donohue), the
512M Sunoco, well-driven by the Anglo-American team of David
Hobbs/Mark Donohue, only missed a victory at Daytona because
of a fuel-pump failure."  Nevertheless, the car finished
third, completing 674 of 688 laps in a race won by the
Porsche 917 of Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver.
	Another Fast Qualification honor was achieved by
Donohue for the March 21, 1971 Sebring 12 Hours; the race,
however, used a LeMans start.  Donohue and Hobbs finished
sixth in the race, completing 243 of 260 laps.  The car led
the first 20 laps!  Prunet writes: "At Sebring the 512M
Sunoco put on a star performance again by outclassing the
official 917s in practice.  It would have won the actual
race, had Pedro Rodriguez' slower Porsche not collided with
	The car next appeared for the June 10-11, 1971 LeMans
24 Hours; it wore #11 at LeMans.  Donohue qualified fourth
fastest.  As Prunet relates: "Hobbs and Donohue kept it in
the lead group for the first four hours of the race but the
Traco engine gave out, unfortunately, in the fifth hour when
they were in second place.  Apparently, before the start,
the works had offered Roger Penske an engine specially
"tuned" for LeMans but he had preferred to put his trust in
the engine prepared by Traco, with which he had had more
	The Sunoco 512M made two final appearances, on July 24,
1971 in the Watkins Glen 6 Hours, and on July 25 in the
Watkins Glen Can-Am.
	Donohue won the pole for the 6 Hours but, as Prunet
notes: "the blue Ferrari immediately took the lead and shot
out of reach until it was forced to retire due to a broken
suspension arm."  In fact, the car led laps 1 through 50 and
lap 53 and retired with 53 of 279 laps completed.
	Donohue qualified the car sixth for the Can-Am, just
one spot behind Mario Andretti in the works Ferrari 712
(with a 427 cubic inch Ferrari engine!) but retired after 57
of 82 laps with engine failure, placing 21st.  Peter Revson
won the race in a Chevrolet-powered McLaren M8F.