Another Ferrari one-two was a portent of things to come: the Scuderia took victory in eight of the remaining nine 1972 Championship rounds – at Sebring, Brands Hatch, Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, Targa Florio, Nürburgring, Osterreichring and Watkins Glen.
Only the big one, the Le Mans 24 Hours, eluded Ferrari – and that was because it chose to miss the twice-round-the-clock event, preferring instead to concentrate on the 1000km sprint races for which the 312PB had been conceived.
As far as Daytona was concerned, there wasn’t quite the same level of enthusiasm for the reduced-duration format, so for 1973 the race returned to its favoured length and the fans flocked back to one of the spiritual homes of American speed.
Daytona 6 Hours, 1972
1. Mario Andretti (USA)/Jacky Ickx (B) – Ferrari 312PB, 194 laps
2. Ronnie Peterson (S)/Tim Schenken (AUS) – Ferrari 312PB, 192 laps
3. Vic Elford (GB)/Helmut Marko (A) – Alfa Romeo T33/TT/3, 190 laps
4. Brian Redman (GB)/Clay Regazzoni (CH) – Ferrari 312PB, 179 laps
5. Andrea de Adamich (I)/Nanni Galli (I)– Alfa Romeo T33/3-71, 175 laps
6. Hugh Kleinpeter (USA)/Tom Waugh (USA) – Lola T212-Ford, 166 laps
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