Durham Morning Herald 10/27/67

125 Cars Compete In Races At VIR


DANVILLE, Va.--A record entry of 125 cars set the stage for Sunday's racing activities in a busy day at the VIR here Saturday.

One of the practice races was won by less than half a car length, and a promising new driver made an impressive showing. Young Harry Ingle of Charlotte, N.C., in his first season of racing, walked away with the highly competitive Formula V race in his new Zink, leaving the rest of the field to fight over the scraps.

And fight they did, with Bud Lewis of Spartanburg, S.C., taking second by what the officials described as "half a tire length."

Roger Chastain of Raleigh Team Highball led the G production race almost all the way, but Jim Fitzgerald of Winston-Salem, in his Datsun, took advantage of a slim chance in traffic on the last lap, slipped around Chastain's Spitfire, and was first across the finish line.

Also appearing in Saturday's practice was the new H sports racing Beach owned by Russ Norburn of Durham and driven by Pete Feistmann of Chapel Hill.

After starting 11th, Feistmann dodged through traffic until he was second going into the first turn, first through the uphill esses, and in the lead by seven seconds by the time he reached the pit straightaway. The car lost a fan belt and was forced to retire, but it will be back on the line with Norburn driving for Sunday's race,

Spectators arriving early for Sunday's action will find that a trip to the paddock will provide a close and interesting look at the variety of road racing cars which will line up for a full day of racing at 11 o'clock EST.