The first registered race was at the 12 Hours of Sebring
in 1969. Ferrari (short on money) started only one 312 P (chassis no. 0868). Mario Andretti
got pole position, and with Chris Amon
, he managed to finish second. This raised hopes for a prospective Ferrari victory.
At the ensuing test weekend at Le Mans, a different car, chassis no. 0870, disappointed, and it was clear that better aerodynamics (with a closed coupe) were necessary. The 0870 also raced at the BOAC 500
in Brands Hatch
, where Amon and Pedro Rodríguez
finished fourth (behind three Porsche 908
At 1000km Monza
, Chris Amon
took the pole with the 312 P spider, ahead of Jo Siffert
's 908-01, but had to retire. The 312 P was not entered in the second Italian race, the Targa Florio
, and had to retire in the German 1000 km Nürburgring
. At the 1000 km Spa
race, a 312 P was second behind the Siffert/Redman 908-01LH. Two 312 Ps were entered in the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans
, now as low-drag Berlinettas. They were fifth and sixth on the grid, but didn’t finish.