My Formula 5000
John Morton, wrestling with development of his Perry Krinitt Lola T400,
got a late start in the 1975 Formula 5000 Championship series but
recorded a succession of finishes including a 10th his first time out at
Mid-Ohio, seventh at Road Atlanta, ninth at Long Beach, 12th at
Laguna Seca and, his best finish of the season, fifth at Riverside.
Morton drove a Francisco Mir Lola T332 in the final race of the 1974
Formula 5000 series, finishing seventh at Riverside. Earlier in the
season, he campaigned in the Camel GT series, placing fourth at
Ontario and sixth at Lime Rock and in the Baby Grand series, won the
Atlanta Contest. In 1973, he scored one win and two second-place
finishes in the Baby Grand series. Morton captured the unofficial driver’
s crown in the SCCA’s Two-Five Challenge series two consecutive
years—1972 and 1971. And each year, he drove his BRE Datsun 510
to six victories as the greatest contributor of points to Datsun, which
took the official crown both seasons. In 1971, Morton also captured
pole position in every race he entered. In 1971, Morton competed in
SCCA National Championship races in between pro events, picking up
points toward the American Road Race of Champions in a Datsun
240Z. At the ARRC, the C production National Champion title he had
won in 1970 was his again. Adding to the honors of winning, Morton
was also named 1971 California Sports Car Club’s Driver of the Year
as well as Datsun Race Driver of the Year. He began racing in 1963 in
a Lotus Super Seven and worked for Carroll Shelby, where he earned
a chance to co-drive with the late Ken Miles in one of the team Cobras.
Morton competed successfully in the U.S. Road Racing Championship,
forerunner to the Can-Am, won the Southern Pacific Divisional
championship in B sports racing and qualified for the 1969 ARRC but
failed to finish.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1975
Mid-Ohio
46
Lola T400
 
1975
Long Beach
46
Lola T400
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Morton
photo & profile 1976
Residents, El Segundo, Calif
Born February 17, 1942
Book Description
Publication Date: September 15, 2012

In 1970, Sylvia Wilkinson was a writer in
the category known as 'young Southern
Woman Novelist'. While her novels and
teaching paid the bills she had a passion
for motorsports that led her to write The
Stainless Steel Carrot: An Auto Racing
Odyssey. The book profiled young
up-and-coming road racer John Morton
as he raced the BRE Datsun 510 in the
1971 and 1972 SCCA Trans-Am 2.5
Challenge. John won the championships
and continued on a road-racing career
that saw dozens of championship level
victories around the country and abroad.
The book, well regarded among both
racers and general audience readers,
has been out of print since 1973.
Original copies often sell for over $100
online and at collectors events. Now,
thanks to years of requests from fans,
and Sylvia s interest in animals, the book
is republished with additional material.