RIVERSIDE — John Heinricy, Chevrolet Corvette chief development engineer, led most of the way Saturday and won the inaugural $20,000 United States Endurance Cup auto race at Riverside International Raceway.
Heinricy took the lead for the final time on Lap 127. He was teamed in the white Corvette with magazine editor Tony Swan. They averaged 83.202 m.p.h. and traveled 500.5 miles during the six-hour race.
The winners used B. F. Goodrich tires on the car, and it cost them the $50,000 contingency prize that Goodyear had put up if the overall winner used their product.
Second place went to Don Knowles and actor Bobby Carradine. They finished 43.697 seconds behind. Third were pole-sitter Stuart Hayner and driving instructor Bill Cooper.