SEMA News - February 2010
By Drew Hardin
Photo Courtesy Source Interlink Media Archives
Penske hired Guldstrand, George Wintersteen and Ben Moore to drive the Corvette at the Daytona 24-hour endurance race in February 1966 (then called the Daytona Continental). This pre-race publicity photo, distributed by Firestone, shows Penske examining the Firestone Indy tires used in the race.
Penske’s Vette won the Grand Touring class and finished 12th overall with an average speed of 91.68 mph, despite a nighttime crash that destroyed the car’s nose. The team soldiered on by taping flashlights to the remains of the front fenders to meet the race organizer’s lighting rules.
After the victory at Daytona, Penske had the Corvette painted blue with yellow stripes—the colors of his sponsor Sunoco. The car earned another endurance race win at Sebring in that livery, but Penske wouldn’t race sports cars for much longer. He was soon to meet another young driver, Mark Donohue, who would help take Penske Racing to the top tier of American motorsports.