Austrian driver Niki Lauda, the 1975 World Champion Driver, added another laurel to his list of victories when he won the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
GV PAN Start of race and cars round bend and along straight and crowd (4 shots)
GV PAN Car No.11 leading car No. 1
MV PAN Car No. 12 followed by others around bend as crowd look on (3 shots)
MV PAN Car No 12 around bend
GV PAN Car 1 down straight followed by car No 10 (2 shots)
GV Cars past camera as crowds look on
GV PAN Car No. 12 down straight
START OF RACE: REGAZZONI LEADING FITTIPALDI: LAUDA LEADING: FITIIPALDI AHEAD OF HANS STUCK OF GERMANY AND REGAZZONI: LAUDA DOWN STRAIGHT: WILSON FITTIPALDI (BRAZIL, DRIVING FOR AUTOMOTIVE LTD. OF BRITAIN) AND JAMES HUNT OF ENGLAND: JAMES HUNT AHEAD OF JEAN-PIERRE JARIER OF FRANCE AND JOCKEN MASS OF WEST GERMANY: LAUDA CROSSING FINISHING LINE: LAUDA DRIVING INTO PITS AFTER RACE: LAUDA RECEIVING WINNERS WREATH: LAUDA WITH WREATH, CUP AND CHAMPAGNE.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Austrian driver Niki Lauda, the 1975 World Champion Driver, added another laurel to his list of victories when he won the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
Although Lauda led the field throughout the 59-lap race, he failed to take any decisive lead until he had received some help from his Ferrari team-mate Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland.
For twenty laps Lauda was hard pushed by the Brazilian driver, Emerson Fittipaldi, who appeared determined to beat the Austrian.
There has been a sense of deep competition between Lauda and Fittipaldi throughout the 1975 season.
Fittipaldi was last year's World Champion Driver.
After a tense struggle during the first twenty laps, Lauda's team mate, Regazzoni, who was more than a lap behind the leaders, suddenly dropped his car in between Lauda's Ferrari and fittipaldi's McLaren and refused to allow Fittipaldi to pass.
As Lauda drew away from Fittipaldi, who was being blocked and slowed down by Regazzoni, track officials signalled Regazzoni to pull into the pits.
But he remained on the track for another tow laps with the angry Fittipaldi trying again and again to pass him.
When regazzoni finally obeyed official orders to pull out of the race, Fittipaldi roared past him shaking his fist and screaming.
But by then Lauda was too far ahead of the Brazilian, who finished an angry second.
But the incident between Fittipaldi and Regazzoni, which eventually resulted in the withdrawal of Regazzoni's car by the Ferrari team, also prompted something of a fight between the manager of the Ferrari team, Luca Montezemolo, and the clerk of the Watkins Glen course, Bernie Martin.
According to allegations by Montezemolo, he went up to Martin to ask him why he had ordered Regazzoni from the track and Martin hit him.
Third place in the race was taken by Fittipaldi's team mate, Jochen Mass of West Germany. British driver, James Hunt, whose Hesketh Ford started in 15th position, took fourth place when he passed Sweden's Ronnie Peterson on the final lap. SYNOPSIS: The American town of Watking Glen where the United States of America Grand Prix was held on sunday. And it was the Austrian driver, Niki Lauda, the 1975 World Champion Driver, who added another laurel to his list of victories when he led from the start.
But his victory was made a little easier by his Ferrari team mate, Clay Regazzoni, in car twelve, was hard pressed by last year's World Champion Emerson fittipaldi, in car one, until the twentieth lap. Then lauda's Ferrari team mate, Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland, who was a lap behind the two leaders, dropped his car in between Lauda and fittipaldi and refused to allow Fittipaldi to pass.
Fittipaldi dropped back to head Hans Stuck of Germany, in car No. 10 with the rest of the field close behind.
Fittipaldi dropped back to head Hans Stuck of Germany, in car No.10 with the rest of the field close behind.
Lauda drew further ahead and after two more laps Regazzoni dropped out.