Sport: Twelve-Hour Test

"I waved him by just before we hit the curve, and the next thing I knew—vvrroooom—and he was long gone. He beat me to the next curve by 100 yds."

That was the tribute of Briggs Cunningham. No. 1 man in U.S. sports-car racing, to the Italian Lancias last week, after a practice spin against them in his Chrysler-engined Cunningham Special.

Cunningham was not as resigned as he sounded. On the eve of the International Twelve-Hour Endurance race at Sebring,

Fla., everybody acknowledged the overall speed of the Lancias, their tremendous acceleration, their cat-quick cornering ability. Last fall they swept from one end of...

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