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Can-Am Race at the Texas International Speedway (1969)

Daniel Redd

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  •  A pit crew prepares a car for a Carl Haas race team. Haas was an auto-racing impresario known for owning Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing and Carl A. Haas Motorsports. He was also the chairman of the Sports Car Club of America for a record-setting four terms. 
  •  Hosted by the Sports Car Club of America, the Can-Am race series consisted of two races in Canada and four subsequent races in the United States. It boasted minimal restrictions on engine and horsepower boundaries. 
  •  The drivers take their seats behind the wheel 
  •  The race begins! 
  •  Duct tape is the answer to every problem 
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This footage captures a Sports Car Club of America Can-Am Pro meet held at the Texas International Speedway in College Station on November 9, 1969. Now known as the Texas World Speedway, the facility opened in 1969 and is one of only seven superspeedways of two miles or greater in the United States. The track became known as the “World’s Fastest Speedway” in 1973 when Mario Andretti set a world closed-course speed record of 214.158 mph while qualifying for an Indy car race. The record stood for 12 years. This film shows the moments before the meet, with pit crews prepping cars, as well as the race itself. Bert Rodriguez’s Dallas-based production company, Visual Presentations, produced the film. Rodriguez was also the producer of the Clio-Award-winning Old Home Bread commercials that introduced the world to C. W. McCall.


Poster image courtesy of Dr. Robert Struble.