1969 Langhorne 150 (lost footage of USAC Championship Car Season race; 1969)

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Program for the race.

Status: Lost

The 1969 Langhorne 150 was the fifth race of the 1969 USAC Championship Car Season. Originally occurring on 15th June and then being resumed on 22nd June at the Langhorne Speedway, the race would ultimately be won by Bobby Unser in an Eagle-Offenhauser, controlling proceedings after overtaking Brawner-Ford's Mario Andretti on lap 89.

Background

The 1969 Langhorne 150 was the 14th running of the event, with the annual race typically lasting 150 miles.[1] The only 1969 USAC Championship Car Season race to occur at Langhorne Speedway,[2] the event's final running occurred in 1970, with a 1971 race being cancelled over safety concerns.[3] Following this, the track itself was converted into a shopping centre, with it being considered one of the fastest tracks, but also one of the most dangerous.[4][3]

Prior to the race, qualifying commenced with Mario Andretti winning the pole position with a speed of 124.649 mph.[1] Directly behind him was Unser, with Eagle-Offenhauser driver Wally Dallenbach lining up third out of 24 competitors.[1]

The Race

With the starting order decided, the 1969 Langhorne 150 commenced on 15th June.[1] Unser shot into the lead at the start, holding onto it until rain forced the race to be postponed after 27 laps.[5][6] The race resumed a week later, and Unser maintained the lead until Andretti regained it on the backstretch during the 39th lap.[6][1] Unser and Andretti then traded the lead on lap 41 and 42 respectively, before the former eventually regained it on lap 88.[6][1] Andretti ultimately fell down the order, enabling Unser to control the remaining 62 laps to claim victory and $15,000 in prize money.[6][1] Art Pollard finished second in a Gerhardt-Offenhauser, with Dallenbach third and a lap down from Unser.[6][1] Andretti finished fifth, three laps down from the leader.[1]

Availability

According to nascarman History's Top 10 Lost IndyCar Broadcasts, the race was televised by the TVS Television Network. But of twelve IndyCar races to have been televised by TVS, none are currently publicly available. Nevertheless, a few photos of the race remain viewable.

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nascarman History's Top 10 Lost IndyCar Broadcasts detailing TVS Television Network's IndyCar broadcasts (0:20-0:59).


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