This Daytona was loaned to Brock Yates and Dan Gurney by car dealer Kirk F. White for the inaugural Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, or 'Cannonball Run' as it was to be known.
On November 15th of 1971, eight teams gathered at the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan. As the midnight starting time approached, Yates and Gurney stocked up on provisions: Swiss cheese, Hershey bars, Gatorade and vitamin C.
Gurney drove the first 18 hours through horrible weather at one point verifying the Daytona's top speed at an indicated 172 mph. They arrived at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California, on November 17th of 1971, just 35 hours and 54 minutes after leaving the Red Ball Garage 2,876 miles ago. With stops, average speed was 80.8 mph.