Mario Gabriele Andretti (USA) (Gold Leaf Team #Lotus), #Lotus 49B – #Ford-Cosworth DFV 3. 0 V8 (EXC/DNS*)* – The early qualifying session saw Andretti and Unser set the pace, recording fast time, especially as both drivers wanted to fly back to the US for the Hoosier Hundred, at Indiana State Fairgrounds, on the following day. They then intended to fly back to Milan and race in the Grand Prix.
The event organisers announced that if the either driver returned to the States and race, they would be banned from competing in the Grand Prix, under a ruling which forbade drivers to complete in an other event within 24 hours of the start of the Grand Prix. Both Andretti and Unser flew back to the US and did not return.
1968 Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza