DENNY H U LM E scored his third victory and clinched the series in the final CanAm event. the Stardust Grand Prix at Las Vegas. Hulme was never extended after a series of mishaps early in the race put out all the opposition, and he averaged 11 3.1 mph in his McLaren-Chevrolet, stower than last year's winning average. He took the chequered flag 40.3 sec ahead of George Follmer in a Lola T70 Mk 3 fitted with 7-1itre Ford VB engine with cast iron block and cylinder heads. Third was Jerry Titus in a 6-litre Mclaren-Chevrolet M6A, fourth was Chuck Parsons in a 7 -litre Chevrolet-engined Lola T160. Sam Posey was fifth in a similar machine, while Bruce Mclaren in the second works 7-litre McLaren MBA finished in sixth place after three pit stops.

The race was robbed of much of its interest when one of the three potential winners of the CanAm Championship failed to start. Roger Penske's 7-litre M6B Mclaren-Chevrolet, driven by Mark Donohue, never got away due to a faulty condenser wire in the distributor. Then on the opening lap Mario Andretti (7-litre Ford aluminium-engined Lola T160) collided with Bruce Mclaren at the first corner. Mclaren left the road and many of the cars behind followed amidst the blinding desert dust. Andretti challenged Hulme for a lap then had to go to the pits for a tyre change-a valve stem had been broken in his abrupt contact with Mclaren. So Gurney in a similar car inherited second place but his challenge lasted only 12 laps, until the Lola broke a half-shaft.

Revson who had run third in his Ford-powered McLaren had to stop for a tyre change due to a puncture so it' was Motschenbacher in his 7 -litre Mclaren-Ford who inherited second place. He 'held this for more than half the race although seriously challenged by' Sam Posey (7-litre Lola-Chevrolet) until Posey spun and dropped to sixth place. Eventually the "A" front upright of Motschenbacher's McLaren failed and Jim Hall (who had been delayed by the first lap shunt and a subsequent pit stop) ploughed into the back of the M6B as it exited from turn 1. The Chapparall flipped and Hall suffered a broken legand slight burns..

George Follmer who had just passed Jerry Titus took over second place while Parsons and Posey, who had both had pit stops, filled fourth and fifth places. McLaren's sixth place put him just one point ahead of Donohue in the points standings and took the McLaren team earnings to almost $162,000 over the series in which they won four of the six races. 


Stardust Grand Prix, Las Vegas, Sunday 10 November 1. McLaren-Chevrolet (0, Hulme), 70 laps. 1 hr 52min15,38sec. 113,' mph; 2. Lola-Ford (G. Follmer), 70 laps; 3, McLaren-Chevrolet (J. Titus), 70 laps; 4. Lola-Chevrolet (C. Parsons), 69 laps; 5. Lola-Chevrolet (5. Posey), 69 laps; 6. Mclaren-Chevrolet (8, McLaren): Fastest lap: B. McLaren (Mclaren-Chevrolet!, Imin 30.955ec.




CanAm 1968
Unlucky Jim Hall later suffered a broken leg and burns when his.Chapparall flipped after colliding with Motschenbacher's McLaren.