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SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship Round

Road America, 28 Jul 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mario Andretti Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8
25 53:02.2
113.129 mph
2 Brian Redman Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8
25 53:03.0
3 Eppie Wietzes Lola T332 [HU31] - Chevrolet V8
25
4 David Hobbs Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
[Hogan Racing]
25
5 Tuck Thomas Lola T332 [HU38] - Chevrolet V8
24
6 Jon Woodner Talon MR-1 ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
24
7 Roger Bighouse Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 1)
24
8 Horst Kroll Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
24
9 James Dunkel Chevron B24 [24-73-05B] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
24
10 John Gunn March 73A [1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
23
11 Gerard Raney Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8
23
12 Evan Noyes Lola T332 [HU32] - Chevrolet V8
21 accident (badly damaged)
13 John Benton Lola T330 [HU26] - Chevrolet V8
19 retired
14 Bill Tempero March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8
17 retired
15 Brett Lunger Eagle 74A [002] - Chevrolet V8
13 Retired
16 Graham McRae Lola T332 [HU41] - Chevrolet V8
13 retired
17 Tony Settember Lola T330 - Chevrolet V8
11 Retired
18 Dan Furey Lola T330 [HU19] - AMC V8
11 Retired
19 John Martin McLaren M16B [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo
[John Martin] (see note 4)
9 Retired
20 Mike Mosley Lola T332 [HU44] - Chevrolet V8
[Lodestar/Leader Cards]
9 Retired
21 James Hawes Lola T330 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
3 Retired
22 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Eagle 74A [003] - Chevrolet V8
2 retired
23 Sam Posey Talon MR-1 ['2'] - Chevrolet V8
1 Retired
24 Tom Sneva Kingfish 73 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#42 (see note 5)
1 Retired
DNSF Robert Fischetti FA 101 - Chevrolet V8
Did not start final
DNQH James Gutfreund Lola T330 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(11th in Heat 2)
DNQH Arlon J. Koops Lola T330 [HU20] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(12th in Heat 1)
DNQH Thomas C. Jones McLaren M22 [M22-3-72] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(13th in Heat 1)
DNQH Larry Harley Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(15th in Heat 2)
DNQH Brad Blankenship Lola T300 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(retired in Heat 2)
DNS Dick Simon Eagle 72 [7212] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
(see note 6)
Did not start
("mechanical problems")
T Mario Andretti Lola T332 [HU35] - Chevrolet V8
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Mario Andretti1532:00.2112.488 mph
2Eppie Wietzes15
3David Hobbs15
4Jon Woodner15
5James Dunkel15
6Tuck Thomas14
7James Hawes14
8Dan Furey14
9John Martin14
10Sam Posey14
11John Benton14
12Arlon J. Koops14
13Thomas C. Jones14
14John Gunn13
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Brian Redman1532:09.2111.964 mph
2Brett Lunger15
3Graham McRae15
4Elliot Forbes-Robinson15
5Tony Settember15
6Mike Mosley15
7Roger Bighouse15
8Horst Kroll14Retired
9Bill Tempero14
10Robert Fischetti14
11James Gutfreund13
12Evan Noyes10Retired
13Gerard Raney8
14Brad Blankenship4ring and pinion
15Larry Harley2Retired
Qualifying
1 Mario Andretti (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8 2:04.74
2 Brian Redman (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8 2:06.19
3 Eppie Wietzes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU31] - Chevrolet V8 2:06.64
4 Brett Lunger (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 74A [002] - Chevrolet V8 2:06.89
5 David Hobbs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8 2:08.26
6 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU41] - Chevrolet V8 2:08.46
7 Jon Woodner (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 ['1'] - Chevrolet V8 2:08.83
8 Tony Settember (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 - Chevrolet V8 2:09.00
9 Tuck Thomas (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU38] - Chevrolet V8 2:09.82
10 Evan Noyes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU32] - Chevrolet V8 2:10.60
11 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre March 73A [1] - Chevrolet V8 2:10.77
12 Roger Bighouse (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8 2:11.66
13 James Hawes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8 2:11.90
14 Horst Kroll (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 2:14.21
15 James Dunkel (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-05B] - Chevrolet V8 2:15.51
16 Mike Mosley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU44] - Chevrolet V8 2:15.61
17 John Martin McLaren M16B [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo 2:15.65
18 Brad Blankenship (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8 2:16.80
19 John Benton (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU26] - Chevrolet V8 2:17.87
20 Gerard Raney (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8 2:18.17
21 Tom Sneva Kingfish 73 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo 2:18.78
22 Bill Tempero (F5000) 5-litre March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8 2:18.94
23 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 ['2'] - Chevrolet V8 2:20.77
24 Robert Fischetti (F5000) 5-litre FA 101 - Chevrolet V8 2:21.44
25 Arlon J. Koops (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU20] - Chevrolet V8 2:25.66
26 James Gutfreund (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8 2:28.08
27 Dan Furey (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU19] - AMC V8 2:30.63
28 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 74A [003] - Chevrolet V8 no time
29 Thomas C. Jones (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M22 [M22-3-72] - Chevrolet V8 no time
30 Larry Harley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 no time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B24 [24-73-02] (Roger Bighouse): New for 1973 season. Doug Shierson for Peter Gethin: raced in UK 1973 (won Race of Champions) and US 1973. To Roger Bighouse (Eastlake, OH): raced in US 1974 (7 races); US 1975 (4 races + 1 DNS) - Pat McGonegle (Cincinnati, OH): raced in US 1976 (1 race) and Can-Am 1977 (4 races + 1 DNS); probably the car entered by McGonegle as 'Mannix MX-2' in Can-Am 1978; advertised April 1979 - Danny Johnson (Kewanee, IL) 1979: raced in Can-Am 1979 (1 race), Can-Am 1981 (5 races), Can-Am 1982 (6 races) - Brian R Taylor (now Clive, Iowa) for Mike Engstrand (Des Moines, Iowa): raced in Can-Am 1985 (3 races) - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) - Anthony Taylor (Blackburn, UK) 2001: due to be rebuilt and raced in FORCE Historic F5000 series (UK) 2001. Then unknown until owned by Greg Thornton in 2011 and raced in UK and New Zealand 2011/12. Badly damaged in a fire at Thornton's garage in June 2012 but completely reconstructed.
  2. Chevron B24 [24-73-05B] (James Dunkel): Built for 1974 season. James Dunkel: raced in US 1974, US 1975 (1 race + 1 DNS) - Ed Kaprowicz August 1976: raced in US 1976 (1 race), SCCA FA 1977, SCCA FA 1978 - Steve Bollinger January 1982 - Randy Reso April 1982 - Rupert Bragg-Smith December 1982: raced in Can-Am 1983 (2 races), Can-Am 1984 (2 races), Can-Am 1985 (1 race) - Jack Boxstrom December 1987 - Dick Leppla December 1992: raced at HSR Mid-Ohio July 1994 - Jack Boxstrom (again) of RM Auctions, Inc. (Canada) February 1997 - Albert Way (Oceanview, NJ) Feb 2001 - Philip Jewell (Rushcutters Bay, NSW, Australia) May 2012. Retained August 2013.
  3. March 73A [1] (John Gunn): Built for 1973 season (white). John Gunn: raced in US 1973, US 1974 (last race September 1974) - Les Hudelson mid-1974: raced by John Cannon US for the two Californian races in October 1974. Car then "put away"; retained by Hudelson in storage for nearly 20 years - Greg Wold (Maple Grove, MN) about 1993: restored to 1973 specification over next six years; raced in the SVRA series 2002. To Nick Smith (San Diego, CA) Feb 2007. To Roger Williams (New Zealand) Jan 2010. To Clark Proctor (Auckland, New Zealand) later in 2010 and raced in the Tasman Revival series in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
  4. McLaren M16B [3] (John Martin): McLaren Cars 1972 for Gordy Johncock (#24) and 'wrecked' at Ontario. Repaired and sold to John Martin 1973 (#89) and 1974 and 1975. Wrecked at Milwaukee June 1975 and tub "thrown in dumpster". Rebuilt using a bare M16A monocoque bought from Lindsey Hopkins and raced to the end of 1975. This M16B/A was acquired by Danny Jones and Roy Dickinson in 1976 and rebuilt for the 1977 Indy 500. They were then joined by Bill Freeman Racing, appearing on the 1977 Indy 500 entry list as #30 Caesars Palace entry. Bob Harkey failed to qualify the car at Indy and it was raced by Johnny Parsons Jr later in the 1977 season. To Fred Ruth for 1978 and qualified for the Indy 500 by Jerry Sneva in 1978 as the #30 Smock Material entry. Ruth was joined and at some point as co-owner by Marv Schmidt. Returned again in 1979, entered by Thunder Racing and with Molly Mate sponsorship. It was next seen in 1981 when John Martin qualified at the Indy 500 but was bumped. Cliff Hucul ran it later that year as the #57. Then unknown until 1991 when it was owned by Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) and still in Hucul livery.
  5. Kingfish 73 ['2'] (Tom Sneva): Built by Grant King for the 1973 season and appeared at the Indy 500 that year as the #75 entry for Greg Weld. Weld did not qualify but this car remained red and is therefore the car raced by Steve Krisiloff as the #24 entry on short tracks in 1973. In 1974, this second Kingfish was numbered #26 but only raced twice with that identity, at the Indy 500 with Bentley Warren and at Pocono in the hands of Bob Harkey. It also raced at some other tracks as the #24 but can be distinguished by its unmodified roll hoop. In 1975, the car was raced again at the Indy 500 by Sheldon Kinser, now as the #19 entry. King joined forces with JC Agajanian for 1976 and both 1973 Kingfish were used in the early races, this one as the #98 car for John Martin and later as the #96 for Bob Harkey. The cars reappeared in 1979, fitted with Chevrolet V8 engines and this car took sixth place at Milwaukee driven by Gary Bettenhausen. Its long race career was finally terminated by an accident in practice at Watkins Glen when driven by Tony Bettenhausen II. The car was advertised by racecars.com in 2009. In 2010, it was reported to be in southern California.
  6. Eagle 72 [7212] (Dick Simon): To Dick Simon, fitted with a Foyt-Ford V8 turbo engine and first raced as his #44 Travelodge entry at Phoenix in November 1972. Raced by Simon through 1973 and 1974 as the #44, retaining its Travelodge sponsorship until mid-1974. Returned in 1975 with Bruce Cogle Ford backing and in 1976 with Lan Hairpieces and later Robyn CB sponsorship when it was driven by Roger Rager. Not at Indy in 1977 but later in the year it was acquired by Nick Krantz and entered for Phil Threshie, still as the #44 but now with Mr. Golden Sunflower sponsorship. Crashed by Threshie in practice for the 1977 California 500 at Ontario and not seen again.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.