Top honors in the Sebring sports car race went, not
unexpectedly, to Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio and Italy's Eugenio Castellotti
in a Ferrari. Almost of equal interest was the fine race driven by Bob
Sweikert, Indianapolis "500" champion, making his debut in sports car
racing. "Novice" Sweikert and his teammate finished third in a
The special Corvette driven by John Fitch gave
Chevrolet a highly respectable premi�re at Sebring; Fitch finished ninth. At
the same time Chevrolet doubtless learned some lessons in the mechanical
difficulties, including a snapped axle, that afflicted another pair of
Corvettes under the grueling race conditions.
Moscow lifted the curtain slightly on pre-Melbourne
plans. Said Mikhail Pesliak, vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee:
one million Russian athletes are training with Melbourne in mind. The best
10,000 will be brought to Moscow for trials in August in a new stadium to hold
100,000 spectators. There a final team of 400 will be picked for the Games.
Seattle, temporarily bereft by loss of the Gold Cup
( American Power Boat Association trophy) to Detroit, got a major consolation
prize. The city was picked by the U.S. Inboard Racing Commission as the site of
the 1956 National Hydro Championship race (which was held in Detroit last
year). The race will be run on Lake Washington August 5.
School authorities in Iowa announced new track rules
which will disqualify any high school runner who collapses after breaking the
tape. Said an Iowa official: young athletes "must learn that winning a race
is not the most important thing in their life if it endangers their