I was looking through some old car magazines and racing programs a few days ago and came across a ticket from what is likely one of the first car races I ever attended. The 2nd Rex Mays 300 for Championship Cars was the final race of the 1968 USAC season and unfortunately the final race for the cool Lotus 4WD Pratt & Whitney Turbine.

Rex Mays 300 ticket
Rex Mays 300 ticket
Lotus 56 with a Pratt & Whitney gas turbine engine and four wheel drive. Originally driven in the 1968 Indianapolis 500 by Joe Leonard.
Lotus 56 with a Pratt & Whitney gas turbine engine and four wheel drive. Originally driven in the 1968 Indianapolis 500 by Joe Leonard.
Second Rex Mays 300 Poster
Second Rex Mays 300 Poster

It’s amazing the drivers that were in the field. This was an era when bored Formula 1 drivers would come over to the US to play and earn a little extra cash.

Finish  Start  Driver Car  #  Sponsor/Name  Chassis  Engine  Laps  Status Year Points
1 1 Dan Gurney 48 Olsonite Eagle Gurney-Weslake Ford 116 2:42:01.27 111.689 600
2 9 Bobby Unser 3 Rislone Eagle Ford 115 Flagged 480
3 14 Lloyd Ruby 25 Gene White Mongoose Ford 113 Flagged 255
4 18 Skip Scott 24 Retzloff Chemical Lola Ford 112 Flagged
5 26 Rick Muther 54 Valvoline Finley Ford 107 Flagged 300
6 17 Johnny Rutherford 22 Michner Petroleum Eagle Ford 103 Flagged 240
7 25 Billy Vukovich, Jr. 98 Wagner Lockheed Brake Fluid Mongoose Ford 101 Flagged 180
8 19 George Follmer 41 Follmer Cheetah Ford 97 Flagged 150
9 15 John Cannon 9 Vel’s Parnelli Jones Ford Mongoose Ford 96 Flagged 120
10 16 Peter Revson 96 E. R. E. Enterprises Eisert Chevy 81 Broken gearbox 90
11 12 Gordon Johncock 4 Gilmore Broadcasting Eagle Ford 79 Broken rear end 60
12 23 Roger McCluskey 8 G. C. Murphy Eagle Ford 74 Engine 30
13 13 Ronnie Bucknum 45 Weinberger Homes Eagle Ford 73 Oil seal
14 21 Mike Mosley 90 Zecol-Lubaid Watson Ford 69 Engine
15 28 Arnie Knepper 19 M.V.S. Cecil Ford 68 Engine
16 10 Art Pollard 20 STP Oil Treatment Lotus 4WD Pratt & Whitney Turbine 63 Wrecked
17 3 Joe Leonard 60 Parnelli Jones-STP Lotus 4WD Pratt & Whitney Turbine 62 Wrecked (Ma. Andretti)
18 2 Mario Andretti 2 Overseas National Airways Brawner Ford 59 Engine
19 22 Gary Bettenhausen 11 Thermo King Auto Air Conditioning Gerhardt Ford 51 Lost oil pressure
20 8 A. J. Foyt 1 Sheraton-Thompson Coyote Ford 48 Broken rear end
21 5 Mark Donohue 12 Sunoco Eagle Chevy 35 Broken RF suspension
22 7 Jerry Titus 64 Overseas National Airways Brawner Ford 27 Broken RR suspension
23 6 Jack Brabham 35 Repco-Brabham Brabham Repco 27 Oil leak
24 24 Jim Malloy 67 Jim Robbins Seat Belt Vollstedt Ford 26 Broken shift link
25 27 Sam Sessions 14 Quaker State Gerhardt Offy TC 14 Oil leak
26 4 Al Unser 5 Retzloff Chemical Lola Ford 13 Wrecked
27 30 Bill Simpson 28 Simpson Safety Equipment Cheetah Ford 5 Oil seal
28 29 Jim McElreath 38 Jack Adams Aircraft/Wynn’s Brawner Ford 4 Broken front suspension
29 20 Wally Dallenbach 21 Bryant Heating & Cooling Vollstedt Ford 2 Engine
30 11 Lou Sell 39 Wynn’s/Smothers Brothers Eagle Ford 1 Wrecked

— — Mario Andretti 60 Parnelli Jones-STP Lotus 4WD Pratt & Whitney Turbine 1 Relieved Leonard 62
— — Mario Andretti 25 Gene White Mongoose Ford 44 Relieved Ruby 70-113 165
— — Al Unser 24 Retzloff Chemical Lola Ford 98 Relieved S. Scott 15-112 313
— — Don Brown

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