1970 12 HOURS OF SEBRING RACING IN THE 908
In March of 1970, McQueen and co-driver Peter Revson contested the 12 Hours of Sebring in the 3-liter class and almost took the overall victory. Their car was McQueen's own #48 Porsche 908/2 powered by an air-cooled 3-liter flat 8 engine. McQueen started the day with the disadvantage of a broken foot suffered in a motorcycle accident two weeks prior. The pain he endured led to Peter Revson driving the majority of the race, between 8 and 9 hours by most accounts. From the start, the race was dominated by the 5-liter class Ferrari 512S and Porsche 917s running V12 and flat 12 power respectively.
Ten hours into the race, the #48 McQueen/Revson Porsche 908 was running 3rd overall and 1st in-class when mechanical problems struck the leading #19 Ferrari 512S driven by Mario Andretti and Arturo Merzario. This elevated the #48 McQueen/Revson Porsche 908 to 2nd overall, behind the #15 Porsche 917 of Pedro Rodriguez and Jo Siffert.
With 27 minutes remaining, the #15 Porsche 917 retired with suspension problems and Peter Revson piloting the #48 Porsche 908 was leading the race. As these events unfolded, Mario Andretti - whose #19 Ferrari retired earlier - took over driving duties of the #21 Ferrari which was a lap down on Revson's Porsche. Andretti put on a blistering performance, getting the Ferrari back on the lead lap and overtaking Revson's Porsche for 1st overall. With the race winding down, Andretti was forced into a pit stop for fuel, once again elevating Revson and his Porsche back into the overall lead. With one lap remaining in the race, Andretti and his Ferrari were able to overtake Revson and his Porsche and win the race by 23 seconds.
The #48 Porsche 908/2 finished the race 2nd overall and 1st in the 3-liter class, a great performance by the car despite being down on power, and an exceptional performance by Peter Revson behind the wheel. The #48 Porsche 908/2 went on the serve as a camera car for Steve McQueen's 1971 film 'Le Mans'.
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