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California Grand Prix

Ontario Motor Speedway, 1 Sep 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Brian Redman Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8
#66 Steed/RFI
34 51:20.895
115.213 mph
2 Mario Andretti Lola T332 [HU35] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Vel's Parnelli Jones/Viceroy
34 51:46.506
3 David Hobbs Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing Ltd
33
4 Mike Mosley Lola T332 [HU44] - Chevrolet V8
#97 Lodestar/Leader Cards
33
5 John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Marchal America
33
6 Jerry Grant Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#8 Frank Arciero Special
33
7 Tony Settember Lola T330 - Chevrolet V8
#4 Torvick Racing
33
8 Jon Woodner Talon MR-1 ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
#36 Norris Industries
32
9 Johnny Rutherford Lola T330 [HU12-2] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Hogan Racing Ltd
32
10 Sam Posey Talon MR-1 ['2'] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Norris Industries
32
11 Warwick Brown Lola T332 [HU27] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Pat Burke Racing
32
12 Larry Harley Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#98 Rogers Racing Inc
32
13 Horst Kroll Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Bosch
31
14 Lella Lombardi Eagle 74A [004] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Mr Marty Eagle
30 retired
15 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Eagle 74A [003] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Dan Gurney Racing
30
16 Merle Brennan Matich A50 [003] - Ford V8
#84 Merle Brennan Auto Inc
29
17 Lloyd Ruby Eagle 72 [7228] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#19 Unlimited/Firestone Racing (see note 1)
Retired
18 Brett Lunger Eagle 74A [002] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Dan Gurney Racing
accident
19 Mickey Rupp Lola T332 [HU45] - Chevrolet V8
Retired
20 Rocky Moran Talon MR-1 ['3'] - Chevrolet V8
#35 Norris Industries
Retired
21 Graham McRae McRae GM2 [001] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Chuck Jones Racing
retired
22 James Hunt Lola T332 [HU48] - Chevrolet V8
#33 Mr Marty Lola
Retired
23 Roger Bighouse Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8
#18 Ember Racing (see note 2)
retired
24 James Dunkel Chevron B24 [24-73-05B] - Chevrolet V8
#41 Rosencrance Memorial Homes Special
(see note 3)
retired
DNSF Gerard Raney Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8
#26 Cal Dyno
Did not start final
DNSF Bill Baker Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
#55 Tarantula Racing
Did not start final
DNSF Tuck Thomas Lola T332 [HU38] - Chevrolet V8
#88 Lancer Stores
Did not start final
DNQH Mike Hall Lola T332 [HU41] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(16th in Heat 1)
DNQH Nestor Garcia Veiga Lola T330 [HU24] - Chevrolet V8
Did not qualify from heats
(19th in Heat 2)
DNQH Ron Dykes Lola T192 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8
#0 Justice Brothers
Did not qualify from heats
(11th in Heat 1)
DNQH Bill Tempero March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Cloverleaf Texaco
Did not qualify from heats
(11th in Heat 2)
DNQH Josef Scott McRae GM1 [011] - Chevrolet V8
#21 Josef Scott Enterprises
Did not qualify from heats
(20th in Heat 1)
DNQH John Benton Lola T330 [HU26] - Chevrolet V8
#22 Pacific Formula
Did not qualify from heats
(18th in Heat 2)
DNQH Michael Brayton Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8
#28 Brayton Racing Ltd
Did not qualify from heats
(14th in Heat 1)
DNQH Robert Fischetti FA 101 - Chevrolet V8
#31 Formula American
Did not qualify from heats
(15th in Heat 1)
DNQH Joseph Schultz Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
#40 Joseph Schultz/Armoral Special
Did not qualify from heats
(14th in Heat 2)
DNQH Eddy O'Brien Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
#63 Bell Electric
Did not qualify from heats
(13th in Heat 2)
DNQH James Hawes Lola T330 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#72 Air Flow Research
Did not qualify from heats
(20th in Heat 2)
DNQH Billy Scott Eagle 72 [7202] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#76 Webster Racing [Marvin Webster]
(see note 4)
Did not qualify from heats
(18th in Heat 1)
DNQH Gary Matthews Surtees TS11 [04] - Chevrolet V8
#78 Wiley & Mathews Engineering
Did not qualify from heats
(17th in Heat 1)
DNQH Jim Gustafson Lola T190 [190/F1/8] - Chevrolet V8
#81 Keystone Realty Special (see note 5)
Did not qualify from heats
(21th in Heat 1)
DNQH Stuart Forbes-Robinson Surtees TS8 [008] - Chevrolet V8
#86 Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Sr.
Did not qualify from heats
(21th in Heat 2)
DNS Eppie Wietzes Lola T332 [HU31] - Chevrolet V8
#94 Formula Racing
Did not start
T/H Mario Andretti Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#52 Vel's Parnelli Jones/Viceroy
(Only used in heat)
UNKE Evan Noyes Lola T332 [HU32] - Chevrolet V8
#24 Eagle Creek Aviation
On entry list
UNKE John Cannon Vollstedt - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#27 Bryant Heating & Cooling [Vollstedt Enterprises]
On entry list
UNKE Jim Law Eagle Mk 5 [508] - Chevrolet V8
#42 Moody/Law Racing
On entry list
UNKE Gus Hutchison March 73A/741 [73A/3(B)] - Chevrolet V8
#51 Hutchison Racing Engineering
On entry list
UNKE Micky Fowler McLaren M10B [400-15] - Chevrolet V8
#73 Mick Fowler Racing
On entry list
UNKE Brad Blankenship Lola T300 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8
#77 Dark Horse
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Brian Redman1726:04.45113.475 mph
2Sam Posey1726:14.65
3Elliot Forbes-Robinson17
4Jon Woodner17
5Lella Lombardi17
6Tuck Thomas16
7Merle Brennan16
8Larry Harley16
9Jerry Grant16
10Gerard Raney16
11Ron Dykes16
12James Hunt16
13Lloyd Ruby15
14Michael Brayton15
15Robert Fischetti15
16Mike Hall14
17Gary MatthewsRetired
18Billy ScottRetired
19Johnny RutherfordRetired
20Josef ScottRetired
21Jim GustafsonRetired
Eppie WietzesDid not start
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Brett Lunger1729:20.935113.302 mph
2Warwick Brown1729:21.515
3David Hobbs17
4Rocky Moran17
5Tony Settember17
6Mickey Rupp17
7James Dunkel17
8Roger Bighouse16
9Bill Baker16
10Horst Kroll16
11Bill Tempero16
12Mike Mosley16
13Eddy O'Brien14
14Joseph Schultz14
15John GunnRetired
16Graham McRaeRetired
17Mario AndrettiRetired
18John BentonRetired
19Nestor Garcia VeigaDid not start
20James HawesDid not start
21Stuart Forbes-RobinsonDid not start
Qualifying
1 Brian Redman (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8 1:28.476
2 Mario Andretti (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU35] - Chevrolet V8 1:28.742
3 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 ['2'] - Chevrolet V8 1:28.967
4 Brett Lunger (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 74A [002] - Chevrolet V8 1:29.065
5 Mario Andretti * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8 1:29.168
6 Jon Woodner (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 ['1'] - Chevrolet V8 1:29.796
7 Warwick Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU27] - Chevrolet V8 1:29.930
8 Eppie Wietzes * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU31] - Chevrolet V8 1:30.499
9 David Hobbs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8 1:31.607
10 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 74A [003] - Chevrolet V8 1:32.180
11 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8 1:32.239
12 James Hunt (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU48] - Chevrolet V8 1:32.616
13 Mike Mosley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU44] - Chevrolet V8 1:32.662
14 Lella Lombardi (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 74A [004] - Chevrolet V8
15 Rocky Moran (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 ['3'] - Chevrolet V8 1:33.023
16 Tuck Thomas (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU38] - Chevrolet V8 1:33.683
17 Nestor Garcia Veiga (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU24] - Chevrolet V8 1:33.723
18 Jerry Grant (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU46] - Chevrolet V8 1:34.307
19 James Dunkel (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-05B] - Chevrolet V8 1:34.320
20 Lloyd Ruby Eagle 72 [7228] - Offy 159 ci turbo 1:34.366
21 Tony Settember (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 - Chevrolet V8 1:34.414
22 Ron Dykes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T192 [HU30] - Chevrolet V8 1:35.078
23 Mickey Rupp (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU45] - Chevrolet V8 1:35.407
24 Johnny Rutherford (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU12-2] - Chevrolet V8 1:35.545
25 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM2 [001] - Chevrolet V8 1:35.937
26 Merle Brennan (F5000) 5-litre Matich A50 [003] - Ford V8 1:36.267
27 Roger Bighouse (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-02] - Chevrolet V8 1:36.619
28 Larry Harley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1:37.381
29 Horst Kroll (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 1:37.509
30 Gary Matthews (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS11 [04] - Chevrolet V8 1:37.695
31 Bill Baker (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8 1:37.898
32 Robert Fischetti (F5000) 5-litre FA 101 - Chevrolet V8 1:38.065
33 James Hawes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU7] - Chevrolet V8 1:38.479
34 Gerard Raney (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8 1:36.364
35 Bill Tempero (F5000) 5-litre March 73A [4-2] - Chevrolet V8 1:41.248
36 Billy Scott Eagle 72 [7202] - Offy 159 ci turbo 1:41.966
37 Eddy O'Brien (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8 1:44.888
38 Michael Brayton (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8 1:45.614
39 John Benton (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU26] - Chevrolet V8 1:48.511
40 Mike Hall (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU41] - Chevrolet V8 no time
41 Joseph Schultz (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8 no time
42 Josef Scott (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [011] - Chevrolet V8 no time
43 Jim Gustafson (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190 [190/F1/8] - Chevrolet V8 no time
44 Stuart Forbes-Robinson (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS8 [008] - Chevrolet V8 no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Eagle 72 [7228] (Lloyd Ruby): Supplied as a monocoque to Lloyd Ruby and his chief crew Mike Devin after Ruby had crashed chassis 7224 at Ontario. Chassis 7228 was built up using the components of 7224 and raced as Ruby's #18 Commander Motor Homes for the rest of the season. Retained in 1974 as a backup car to Ruby's new 1974 Eagle, but actually raced more often than the '74 that season. Sold to Anastassios "Tassi" Vatis, a Greek shipping tycoon and veteran Indy car owner, and run by Vatis's faithful chief mechanic Bill Finley for Johnny Parsons Jr in 1975. In 1976, the team had a "new" car built on an "unused" chassis, presumably 7224 as it still carries the 7224 plate today. However, 7228 remained the main car, Parsons' #93 Ayr-Way/Vatis entry in 1976 and 1977. In 1978, 7228 was modified with straight sidepods and radiators repositioned to the rear of the tub, matching the specification of 7224, after which they are hard to tell apart. John Mahler (Bettendorf, Iowa) bought the Vatis team for 1979 and it is believed that 7228 was the #92 car that Mahler had bumped after qualifying. Retained as a backup in 1980 and 1981, then sold to Rick DeLorto (Wood Dale, IL) who attempted to qualify for several CART races in 1982. Then to John Griffith (Chicago, IL) 1983, then Steve Burgner (Chicago, IL) 1984, after which it was sold to Mountain View Motorsport Park in Colorado. It then passed to a dealer in Connecticut, from which Eric Camiel (Danbury, CT) bought it in 1991. Subsequent history unknown but in January 2007, Jacques Dresang reported that it was owned by John Mueller (Fresno, CA).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Eagle 72 [7202] (Billy Scott): New to Doug Champlin & Fred Carillo of Champ Carr, Inc.and entered at Indy in 1972 as the #34 Norris Industries entry for Sam Posey. Returned in 1973 as the #34 for Posey but he was bumped. This was the car that masqueraded as a different Eagle to allow Posey another try at qualifying. Photographs indicate this older car was retained as a short track car for Jim McElreath in 1973. To Marvin Webster for 1974 and his #76 Webster Racing entry for the next three seasons, although Webster also had a 1966 Eagle used on short tracks. At Ontario in September 1976, John Mahler was entered in a "Webster-Offy" but a photograph shows that it was the team's usual Eagle. It was wrecked during the race and no Marvin Webster entry appears again. History then unknown, but in 2003 the car appeared on the vintage oval circuit, run by Greg Scott (Del Mar, CA).
  5. Lola T190 [190/F1/8] (Jim Gustafson): New to Eric Haga (Seattle, WA) and raced in the US Pro series in 1970. To Don Baker (Long Beach, CA) for 1971 and used in local SCCA events. To Jim Gustafson (Costa Mesa, CA) for 1974 and again raced in West Coast SCCA events. To Richard Votava (Southern California) in 1975. The log book then identifies a Troy R. Milken (or Millen or Milleau) driving the car in a school on 21 Feb 1976. Then Votava in SCCA Regionals (mainly at RIR) in 1976 and 1977; then SCCA Nationals in 1978 and 1979. To Marshall Tarnow March 1980 - Alan Sevadjain (owned with Don Johnstone) and raced at Texas in 1981 - Larry C. Clain and raced at RIR and elsewhere 1982 - Chuck Haines 1984 - Chip Boatright (Illinois) 2006. Sold back to original driver Eric Haga (Renton, WA) for historic racing. Appeared in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 Tasman Revival series.

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.