One result has been that SCCA officials in the Chicago region decided to meet immediately to discuss entrance qualifications at Meadowdale.
Plagued by clouds of dust swirling up from the raw spaces at trackside, the very large crowd (officially announced as "more than 151,000," an unbelievably high figure), nevertheless found something to cheer about as American-built cars swept the first two places in the 115.5-mile feature race. These were the sleek Corvetteengined Scarabs commissioned by Lance Reventlow, 22-year-old son of Heiress Barbara Hutton.
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Reventlow drove one of them; California's Chuck Daigh, who had an important hand in their building, the other. Daigh led for 12 laps with Reventlow close behind, then Reventlow moved ahead and stayed there for 13 laps, his car functioning perfectly despite some front-end damage from an accident in an earlier race. Daigh once again took the lead and kept it for the remaining 10 laps, achieving a fastest lap of 87.9 mph. As the ultra-streamlined racers swept out of the Monza turn toward the finish, Daigh tapped his brakes, presumably to let Reventlow through, but Reventlow was a little too far behind to capitalize on his gesture.
Daigh, one of the nation's most experienced drivers, pronounced the course a good one. "Next to Riverside [a testing California course] it's the best in the country," Daigh said. "The banking in the Monza turn is rough, though. I had to shift down to third gear—took it at about 125 mph."
Reventlow, reflecting that the Scarabs had lapped all but two opponents in the feature race, that the cars have been able to challenge the most powerful foreign sports racers successfully in the few weeks they have been campaigned, and that he has been hailed as a worthy successor to Sportsman Briggs Cunningham in building topflight, homebred sports cars, looked happily ahead.
"We're getting a third car ready," he said, "and our next goal will be to finish one-two-three in a big race somewhere."