For 1968 Roger and Mark had a “body-in-white” acid dipped and prepared an all new 1968 car, adding the weight back in choice areas to balance the car and make the minimum weight. In its debut at Daytona it suffered cracked cylinder heads and lost to a Mustang. Vince Piggins, Mr. Camaro at Chevrolet, strongly suggested that Penske enter two cars at Sebring, the second TransAm of the year, which would be a 12-hour event within an event. Not having time to prepare a second car, Mark retrieved “The Lightweight” which had gone back to Godsall, for a one-race partnership. Roger and Mark fooled the tech inspectors by putting 1968 grille and taillights on the 1967 car and painting both cars identically. Then they sent the legal 1968 car to tech twice, once with Number 15 and once with Number 16, this worked so well that they repeated the process in qualifying and “The Lightweight” actually qualified them both. We know this because Mark put it into his book, “The Unfair Advantage”.
By the way, for those of you who have a desire to see lost areas reborn, VIR (Virginia International Raceway) is a place to go. The track was originally built in 56/57 and operated until about 1974 when it closed. It sat dormant as mostly cow pasture for a quarter century, when it was restored. The original track configuration was retained, as the main configuration. Facilities have been updated, but it still retained the character that made it the jewel of the mid atlantic race circuits so long ago.
Yes, with the proper dedication, vision, and funding, that which is once lost can be restored to be a successful operation.