Donohue-Penske Sunoco AMC Lola Latest to Enter L&M
The most talked about team entry in this year’s L&M Championship (1973) is finally a reality. The Mark Donohue/Roger Penske/American Motors /Sears/Sunoco/Goodyear et al combine began competition at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago with a new Lola which replaced the one burned earlier in the year in a garage fire at Riverside, Calif. The Sunoco AMC Lola, although relatively unsorted at Mid-Ohio, and having only a few qualifying laps to shake down, was driven to a solid third place in the feature by Donohue. To put a car that high the first time out in a virtually untested state is some kind of an accomplishment. And you know that here two weeks later, the car will have all the bugs ironed out and will be ultra-competitive. The return to the L&M series by the team is a sterling statement about the quality of not only the series itself, but also the competition. For it is no secret that the Penske team does not enter races on a whim. A great deal of time and preparation have gone into the Sunoco AMC Lola this weekend(Watkins Glen) and that preparation will undoubtedly be rewarded by Donohue.