Dick Smothers a national know, and sometimes controversial TV star. In the past, men like Smothers have been scorned by the racing fraternity, where it was generally felt that they were not really interested in the sport, but only wanted to use it to further their careers. Smothers, along with Steve McQueen and James Garner, has changed that by showing his dedication to the racing scene. In 1968 shortly after getting his SCCA National license, Smothers took his Chevron Formula B Ford and brought it to the SCCA’s GP Championship series where he competed in the majority of the events. In addition, he and his brother were the owners of the Formula A Eagle-Chevrolet used by Dr. Lou Sell to win the title that year. In 1969 , with another Chevron, Smothers again competed int the formula B Division of the Continental series. Despite showing a great deal of promise, he was hampered throughout the season by mechanical difficulties with his best finish a third place at Sears Point. In 1970, he is teamed with George Wintersteen in two Chevrolet-powered Lotus T70s sponsored by the Echlin Engineering Company..