My Formula 5000
George Wintersteen
photo & profile 1970
Residents, Villanova, Pa
Born 1943
Lotus 70
George Wintersteen is a bright, young driver from the Philadelphia area.
He was 1967 Formula B champion in the tough Northeast Division national
championship series. Previously, in 1964, he won the division’s E Modified
championship driving a Porsche RSK. This and other achievements,
including competition in England, gained him the coveted SCCA Kimberly
Cup as the most improved driver in the 1964 season. In 1968 he made a
major effort in the SCCA GP Championship driving a new single-seat
Eagle with a 5-liter Chevrolet engine. He finished second to champion Lou
Sell in the eight-race series that was undecided until the next to the last
lap of the final race. Wintersteen earned his 39 points and $12,050 in
prize money by registering outright victories at Lime Rock and
Donnybrooke. In 1969 Wintersteen came back to Continental competition
with a new Lola and had a remarkable year. Entering all but one event
until he was hurt late in the season, Wintersteen recorded (in order) a
fifth, a sixth, a fourth, a third, a fourth, a third, a fourth, and a second in
finishing position Even his “miss” was a 12th place with the remarkable
result of nine finishes in nine starts. His 31 season points earned him a tie
for fourth place in the final standings. For 1970, Wintersteen and Dick
Smothers have formed a potent, double-barreled FA team of new Lotus-
Chevrolets with sponsorship from the Echlin Mfg. Co. Wintersteen lives in
Villanova, Pa

 Echlin Race Team