Mannix has taken up a new hobby, amateur auto racing. While participating in a race, another racer is killed when his car seems to lose control and goes over an embankment. The widow of the dead racer contacts Mannix, wanting him to investigate, believing the death was a homicide. As Mannix proceeds, it's clear federal authorities have much more interest in what seems like a routine case. Written by
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This episode is the source of several scenes used in the opening credits of the show - the sequence where a race car engulfed in flames goes over an embankment, and a three-part shot shown on a split-screen, of Mannix driving a race car along with scenes of the vehicles during the race. See more
During the initial racing scene one of the times they switch to the in-car view you see yellow marker lines like on a public road. There are no other cars so apparently this is the lead car they are showing. When they switch back to the group view looking back at the lead pack the road is the race course, wider and with no yellow line markers in view. See more