In the Governor's Cup the suspenseful question was whether Penske, with the best car, might lose enough time in a tire stop to be beaten by the underpowered Porsche of Dan Gurney. Penske thought he would need new rubber, Gurney thought he himself would not.
Penske, as expected, opened a long, long lead with his racy red Cooper special—the former Grand Prix single-seater that he had cannily converted to a sports car and with which he had impudently seized $17,000 in prizes by defeating Gurney and other more famous opponents in Riverside and Laguna Seca.
There was a whooping Latin lunge toward Penske's pit when, with but 20 minutes of the race remaining, he swept in. But, as it turned out, he needed no more rubber, and off he rolled to win by fully three laps. Penske, 25 and a Lehigh graduate (industrial management), thus added $3,000 to the swag already earned in his controversial Cooper. Second was another college man and fellow Pennsylvanian, Tim Mayer, 24 ( Yale, English lit), who had thoughtfully purchased from Penske a swift, squat Cooper Monaco. The driver who looked the most pensive after it was all over was Gurney. He was profoundly tired of what had become a varsity drag—collegiate raiders copping big purses. Gurney was third, his position during most of the race.
But the biggest winner of all was Puerto Rico. It seems to be on the racing map to stay.