The Hawk MK II

By 1967 the four-cylinder Offenhauser had found new life through turbocharging but Ford's”cammer” V8
was still the engine to have. But a safer, more rigid semi-monocoque chassis, with the engine used as a
stressed member, was the next necessary evolution for the Hawk. The MK I's Brabham –based chassis,
sturdier and more robust than the Lotus and new Lola cars, evolved into a lower, sleeker Indy racer with
winglets and air ducts. It was still a trademark Brawner tank, overbuilt to a degree to promote reliability in
addition to, but not instead of outright speed.

Clint was one of earliest proponents of, “To finish first, first you must finish.” He applied that philosophy to
car building and race preparation that same way he tried to impress it upon his fast, hard-charging but hard-
on-equipment driver.

The Hawk MK II started from pole four times during the 1967 season, including Andretti's first pole at the
Indy 500 and finished first seven times, at the Trenton 150, Indianapolis Raceway Park 150, Langhorne 150,
St. Jovite 100 (twice), Milwaukee 200 and the Phoenix 200. The team also scored a win in the Hoosier 100
dirt race.

The Brawner Hark finished second in the championship that year but it was still a blow to Clint, who also
believed that second place was first loser. Then Al Dean died and the Dean Van Lines Special partnership
started in 1953 ended, and in 1968 Brawner became a chief mechanic and team owner.

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