A Sad Day for All Race Fans, Niki Lauda was a Natural. I had the Pleasure of watching him have an Epic Battle in the 1977 Long Beach, Ca. Grand Prix ( yes I am Old). 80 Laps, No Pit Stops, nose to tail with Jody Schecker in the Wolf and Mario in the Lotus. Scheckter lead for 78 laps untill a tire started going flat, Mario and Lauda ducked under him on the "Queens Hairpin", where I had Grandstand seats and had a 2 lap race to the Finish. Lauda tried to pass Mario on the Queens Hairpin on the two last laps but couldn't make the Pass. They finished .77 seconds apart. In the Post Race Interview Lauda said it was one of the Greatest Races he had been in and Congratulated Mario. A True Champion. He had AMAZING Car Control, always Smooth and Always ahead of the Car.