Auto Racing: Lotuses Among the Bricks

The Indianapolis 500 was still two weeks away. But a good round 150,000 fans were on hand to watch in disbelief as a little-known rookie named Mario Andretti rolled out for his first qualification spin in a rear-engined Brawner-Ford and blasted around the Speedway at a fantastic 159.4 m.p.h. That demolished the lap record set last year by Scotland's Jimmy Clark. So Clark squeezed into his own Lotus-Ford and got his record back with a clocking of 160.9 m.p.h. He held it only as long as it took A. J. Foyt to warm his engine up. A two-time winner of...