On this Day in Trans Am History: August 27, 1967
August 27, 2020
August 27, 1967
The Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli visited a new venue for the eighth event of its second season, racing at Continental Divide Raceways in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Milt Minter captured the pole on the twisty 2.66-mile circuit.
But once the green flag waved, it was all Jerry Titus. The editor of Sports car Graphic led all 94 laps, 250 miles, scoring his third of four victories in his Carroll Shelby-prepared Ford Mustang.
Titus averaged 72.82 mph, beating the Cougar of Ed Leslie by one-minute, 14-seconds.
Minter co-drove the third-place Mustang with Ronnie Bucknum, finishing one lap down.
Dick Thompson placed fourth in a Mustang, while Horst Kwech took fifth and won the under-two-liter class in an Alfa Romeo GTA.
Mark Donohue – coming off his first Trans Am victory at Marlboro – took eighth in Roger Penske’s Chevrolet Camaro, while Tony Adamowicz and Fred Opert placed ninth in a Porsche 911. Peter Revson (Cougar) and Bob Tullius (Dodge Dart) were among the drivers who failed to finish.
Titus would go on to lead Ford to a two-point victory in the manufacturer’s championship over Mercury, while beating Donohue by seven points for the unofficial driver’s title.
Continental Divide opened in 1959, and hosted the U.S.R.R.C. in its early years. The Trans Am returned in 1968, joined by USAC Indy cars. A fatality in a 1969 club race led to the close of the road racing circuit in 1973, with the facility finally sold in 1983.
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