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1964 United States Grand Prix

United States Grand Prix

Sunday, October 4, 1964
Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Clark, 1m12.7
United States
1964 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

Watkins Glen, Sunday October 4th.

Watkins Glen was once again the venue for the U.S. Grand Prix, the ninth in the 1964 World Championship series. In this, one of the most beautiful settings for any Grand Prix, the sixth United States Grand Prix was scheduled for October 4th. Last year the World Drivers' and Constructors' Championships were settled by the time the Grand Prix circus had flown to the U.S.A.; this year, however, it was a different matter and certain drivers were more worried about losing points than trying all out as they did last year.

Twenty care were to have been invited and although the third B.R.M. was available for A. J. Foyt he decided not to take part. The other nineteen cars and drivers were all present for the first practice on Friday. Brabham had two cars for himself and Gurney, the new car as raced at Monza for Jack and the older car which Gurney has driven for so long. B.R.M. had three cars for Graham Hill and Ginther. The new car which broke on the line at Monza was for Hill while another car with new engine was for Ginther, the engineers had not found enough time to prepare a completely new car so adapted an older monocoque. The third B.R.M. was an old car with the old engine which was for Hill to use as a training car.

Lotus arrived with three cars for Clark, Spence and American driver Walt Hansgen. Clark had the old car which he first drove in South Africa in 1962 when a small bolt lost him the Championship for 1962. The other two cars were the 33s used at Monza. Clark felt that the older car would be more suitable on this 3.7-kilometre circuit than the newer cars. The Cooper team were here with their two cars and, once again, McLaren had Phil Hill as his No. 2 driver, the differences which kept Hill from the Italian Grand Prix having been patched up by this time. Since the Italian G.P. adjustable shock-absorbers had been fitted and slight alterations had been made to the rear suspension geometry.