ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) Last year, Austrian race-car driver Niki Lauda was almost killed in racing accident; on Sunday, he won world driving championship.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(NYC) Report on United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York. Among those in race are Mario Andretti, James Hunt and Lauda. Lauda finishes 4th in race, winning world championship, though Hunt wins race. Lauda won 1975 race at Monte Carlo, Monaco, and returned for 1976 race in his Ferrari racer. (Films shown.) Car racing greats mentioned. Lauda was almost killed in accident during race in West Germany; details noted. [LAUDA - tells of experience in being given last rites after accident.] Hunt won 1976 world title because Lauda refused to race in final race of year in Japan, due to rain at start of race. 1977 racing has provided climax to Lauda's comeback, with his winning world title again. Next year, Lauda will race, but for Brabham, not Ferrari.
REPORTER: Jim McKay
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