In 1962, the Speedway hosted the inaugural running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car race, which was then a three-hour race known as the Daytona Continental. The event was won by Dan Gurney in the Arciero Racing No. 96 Lotus- Climax 19B. Gurney held a one minute, 40-second lead in the final moments of the race when his engine blew.In order to win the race, Gurney realized he would have to cross the finish line after time expired. If he crossed the line before the three hours were up, he would have to run another lap, which he was unable to do. Gurney waited on the high groove of the 18-degree banked tri-oval and when the watch struck three hours, he coasted the final five feet to take the checkered flag and the win.
The Rolex 24, which is known today as America’s most prestigious sports car event, became a 2,000-kilometer race in 1964 and then a 24-hour race beginning in 1966.
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