California 500

Ontario Motor Speedway, 7 Sep 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jim McElreath Coyote 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#14 Sheraton-Thompson [A.J. Foyt Enterprises]
(see note 1)
200 3h 07m 22.550s
2 Art Pollard Scorpion 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#64 Quickick [Hayhoe Racing Enterprises/Clint Brawner]
(see note 2)
200 Finished
3 Dick Simon Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#44 Racing International [Racing International]
200 Finished
4 Gordon Johncock McLaren M15A [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#5 Gilmore Broadcasting [Johncock Racing Team]
(see note 3)
200 Finished
5 Peter Revson McLaren M15A [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#75 Team McLaren [McLaren Cars]
(see note 4)
200 Finished
6 Mel Kenyon Kuzma-Kenyon 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#6 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins]
198 Flagged
7 Greg Weld Kingfish 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#41 Grant King [Grant King] (see note 5)
195 Flagged
8 Lee Roy Yarbrough Brabham BT32 ['1'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#32 Norris Industries [Motor Racing Developments]
(see note 6)
191 Blown engine
9 Al Unser Colt 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#2 Johnny Lightning 500 [Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford]
186 Transmission
10 Mario Andretti McNamara 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#1 STP Oil Treatment [STP Corp.]
182 Engine
11 Jim Malloy Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#31 Stearns Transi-Tread [Federal Automotive Ass.]
(see note 7)
179 Flagged
12 Carl Williams Gerhardt 65 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#65 Travelon Trailer [Ernest L. Ruiz]
(see note 8)
179 Engine
13 Joe Leonard Colt 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#15 Johnny Lightning 500 [Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford]
168 Spun out
14 Mike Mosley Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#9 G. C. Murphy [Leader Cards] (see note 9)
147 Turbocharger
15 AJ Foyt Coyote 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#7 Sheraton-Thompson [A.J. Foyt Enterprises]
131 Wrecked T4
16 Bruce Walkup Mongoose 67 ['D'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#97 Wynn's Spitfire [Agajanian-Faas Racers]
(see note 10)
117 Overheated
17 Bob Harkey Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#99 Joe Hunt Magneto [Joseph B. Hunt]
(see note 11)
100 Burned piston
18 Dan Gurney Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#48 Olsonite [Oscar Olson-AAR] (see note 12)
98 Wrecked
19 Gary Bettenhausen Gerhardt 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#16 Thermo-King [Don Gerhardt] (see note 13)
93 Burned psiton
20 George Follmer Hawk III (68) - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#20 STP Gas Treatment [STP Corp.]
(see note 14)
76 Broken oil tank
21 Jerry Grant Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#89 Nelson Ironworks [Jerry Grant]
(see note 15)
63 Ignition
22 Bobby Unser Eagle 67 [?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#3 Wagner-Lockheed [Leader Cards]
(see note 16)
45 Dropped valve
23 Lloyd Ruby Mongoose 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#25 Daniels Cablevision [White Co. of Indy, Gene]
42 Engine
24 Bud Tingelstad Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#92 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
40 Broken pinion gear
25 Roger McCluskey Scorpion 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#11 Quickick [Hayhoe Racing Enterprises/Clint Brawner]
(see note 17)
26 Dropped valve
26 Kevin Bartlett Mongoose 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#12 Daniels Cablevision [White Co. of Indy, Gene]
16 Burned piston
27 Swede Savage Eagle 70 [801] - Gurney Weslake Ford 318 ci stock block V8
#42 Olsonite [Oscar Olson-AAR] (see note 18)
13 Ignition
28 Wally Dallenbach Eagle 66 [204 (?)] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#22 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins] (see note 19)
10 Blown piston
29 Steve Krisiloff Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#86 Wagner-Lockheed [Leader Cards]
8 Magneto
30 Mark Donohue Lola T153 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#66 Sunoco [Roger Penske]
7 Blown piston
31 Johnny Rutherford Eagle 66 [203] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#18 Patrick Petroleum [Michner Petroleum]
(see note 20)
5 Burned piston
32 Rick Muther Hawk I (65) - Offy 159 ci turbo
#38 Two Jacks [Two Jacks]
1 Dropped valve
DNSC Jigger Sirois Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#94 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Bill Puterbaugh Wolverine 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#98 Wynn's [Agajanian-Faas Racers]
(see note 21)
Did not start (crashed)
DNQ Larry Dickson Vollstedt - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#17 Lombard [Vollstedt Enterprises]
Did not qualify
DNQ Larry Dickson Vollstedt 67 ['B'] - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#21 Lombard [Vollstedt Enterprises]
Did not qualify
DNQ Larry Dickson Eagle 70 [804] - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#67 Jim Robbins (see note 22)
Did not qualify
DNQ Sammy Sessions Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#74 Caves Buick [Caves Buick Co.]
(see note 23)
Did not qualify
DNQ Billy Vukovich Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
#78 Thermo-King [Don Gerhardt]
Did not qualify
DNQ George Snider Watson 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#90 G. C. Murphy [Leader Card] (see note 24)
Did not qualify
DNQ Bill Simpson Eisert 69 - Chevrolet 320 ci
#96 Jerry Eisert Spl
Did not qualify
UNKE Greg Weld Kingfish 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#10 Grant King [Grant King] (see note 25)
On entry list
(Ran as #41?)
UNKE TBA Colt 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#24 Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford
On entry list
UNKE Al Loquasto Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
#26 Indy-On-A-Shoestring Inc (see note 26)
On entry list
UNKE Lee Roy Yarbrough Eagle 68 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#27 Jim Robbins Co (see note 27)
On entry list
UNKE Bill Simpson Eagle 67 - Chevrolet 320 ci
#28 Simpson Safety Equip. Co [Bill Simpson]
(see note 28)
On entry list
UNKE Ronnie Bucknum Morris 69 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#29 M.V.S. Inc. [Stan Malless, Bob Voigt and Dick Sommers]
(see note 29)
On entry list
UNKE TBA Gerhardt 67 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#35 Federal Automotive Ass. (see note 30)
On entry list
UNKE TBA Eagle 67 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#36 Patrick Petroleum [Michner Petroleum]
(see note 31)
On entry list
UNKE TBA McNamara 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#40 STP Keep Kool Rad Spl. [STP Corp.]
On entry list
UNKE TBA Vollstedt 66 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#43 Fiore Racing Ent.
On entry list
UNKE Billy Vukovich Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
#45 Jim & Rick Gerhardt Spl [Fred Gerhardt]
On entry list
UNKE TBA Gerhardt 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#46 Gilmore Broadcasting [Johncock Racing Team]
(see note 32)
On entry list
UNKE Denny Zimmerman Watson 64 - AMC Rambler Navarro TC 6
#50 Navarro (see note 33)
On entry list
UNKE Jim Hurtubise Mallard roadster - Offy 159 ci turbo
#56 Genesee Spl [Jim Hurtubise]
On entry list
UNKE TBA Kingfish 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#69 Art Pollard Car Wash [Art Pollard/Grant King]
(see note 34)
On entry list
UNKE TBA Morris - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#77 Walther's Tyrone [George Walther Jr/Walmotors]
(see note 35)
On entry list
UNKE Peter Revson McLaren M15A - Offy 159 ci turbo
#79 McLaren Motor Racing Ltd
On entry list
UNKE Keith Rachwitz Halibrand Shrike
#81 Carl Trautman ['Shrike']
On entry list
UNKE TBA Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
#82 Dudley Higginson Inc
On entry list
UNKE TBA Epperly 69 roadster - Offy 159 ci turbo
#88 Maxson & Jeffries Spl [Maxson, Darwin]
(see note 36)
On entry list
Qualifying
1 Lloyd Ruby Mongoose 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
2 Dan Gurney Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
3 Johnny Rutherford Eagle 66 [203] - Offy 159 ci turbo
4 Al Unser Colt 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
5 Gary Bettenhausen Gerhardt 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
6 Joe Leonard Colt 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
7 AJ Foyt Coyote 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
8 Mario Andretti McNamara 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
9 Lee Roy Yarbrough Brabham BT32 ['1'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
10 Peter Revson McLaren M15A [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
11 Gordon Johncock McLaren M15A [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo
12 Bobby Unser Eagle 67 [?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
13 Mark Donohue Lola T153 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
14 Wally Dallenbach Eagle 66 [204 (?)] - Offy 159 ci turbo
15 Mike Mosley Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
16 Jim Malloy Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
17 Bob Harkey Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
18 Jim McElreath Coyote 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
19 Steve Krisiloff Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
20 Mel Kenyon Kuzma-Kenyon 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
21 Jerry Grant Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
22 Kevin Bartlett Mongoose 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
23 Swede Savage Eagle 70 [801] - Gurney Weslake Ford 318 ci stock block V8
24 Roger McCluskey Scorpion 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
25 Rick Muther Hawk I (65) - Offy 159 ci turbo
26 Bud Tingelstad Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
27 Dick Simon Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
28 Bruce Walkup Mongoose 67 ['D'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
29 George Follmer Hawk III (68) - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
30 Greg Weld Kingfish 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
31 Carl Williams Gerhardt 65 - Offy 159 ci turbo
32 Art Pollard Scorpion 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
34 Larry Dickson * Vollstedt - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
35 Larry Dickson * Vollstedt 67 ['B'] - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
36 Larry Dickson * Eagle 70 [804] - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
37 Sammy Sessions * Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
38 Billy Vukovich * Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
39 George Snider * Watson 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
40 Jigger Sirois * Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
41 Bill Simpson * Eisert 69 - Chevrolet 320 ci
42 Bill Puterbaugh * Wolverine 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Coyote 70 (Jim McElreath): The car that McElreath used to win at Ontario in Sep 1970 was a 1970 car and was later sold to the MVS team for 1972 (together with a 1971 Coyote) and used on the short one mile tracks (source: Eddie Called Me Boss by Dick Summers).
  2. Scorpion 70 (Art Pollard): The Scorpion that Pollard ran prior to Indy in 1971 and then after his wreck at Michigan is not yet known. Later adverts for the Scorpions revealed that five monocoques were built and three had been wrecked. Brawner appears to have had only two distinct Scorpions at any point in time (from after the 'backup' Scorpion was prepared in time for Ontario 1970) so it would appear that new tubs were required on two occasions.
  3. McLaren M15A [3] (Gordon Johncock): Chris Amon's planned car for the 1970 Indy 500 was taken over by Carl Williams when Amon withdrew. It was sold to Gordy Johncock after the 500 and became his main car after M15/2 was wrecked at Michigan. Sold to Rolla Vollstedt for 1971 and raced for him by Johncock and Denny Zimmerman in 1971 and 1972. This car was later acquired by Tom Black (Portland, OR) and sold by him to the UK. Believed to be the car acquired from collector Nick Mason by McLaren International, restored and put on display in the Donington Collection.
  4. McLaren M15A [1] (Peter Revson): The prototype M15 was the #79 backup car at Indy in 1970 and was the car Hulme was using when a petrol leak led to a fire in which he was badly burnt. As M15/2 and M15/3 were sold to Gordy Johncock, this must be the car used by Revson in the Ontario 500 and then sold to John Mahler for 1971. Mahler raced it through the 1971 and 1972 seasons before it was retired. Mahler later sold the car to collector Chuck Haines and it was sold by him to the UK in the mid/late 1980s. This may be the car that was later owned by John Foulston. Foulston was killed testing a M15 at Brands Hatch in 1987.
  5. Kingfish 70 (Greg Weld): The George Follmer #41 Grant King car at the 1971 Indy 500 was the car that Art Pollard had driven in 1970 (as the #10). It is described (Indy Media Book 1973 p95) as the first Grant King car "designed to run at the Speedway" and is almost certainly the car driven later in 1970 by Greg Weld (as the #41). A second Kingfish was built for 1971 but the 1970 car appears to have kept the #41 number. It is therefore almost certainly the car used by Roger McCluskey at Rafaela. After Indy, a picture of the car at Pocono identifies it as the #40 STP-sponsored car. Given the small number of cars built by King, it is likely that this is one of the cars brought to Indy in 1973 by Crockey Peterson.
  6. Brabham BT32 ['1'] (Lee Roy Yarbrough): The one-off 1970 Brabham BT32 passed to Patrick Racing for Johnny Rutherford to drive in 1971 according to photographs. Phil Harms identifies Rutherford's car as an Eagle at Phoenix at the start of 1972 but a picture of the starting line-up appears to show the Antares-nosed Brabham on the second row. Swede Savage drove the Brabham later in 1972 after Rutherford moved to the Gerhardt team. It was not seen again after the end of 1972.
  7. Gerhardt 69 (Jim Malloy): A pair of Gerhardts were entered by Federal Automotive Associates under the Federal Engineering and 'Stearns Mfg Transi-Treas Special' banners from 1968 to 1971. One was qualified by Jim Malloy in 1970 with Paul Brooks as chief crew but generally they were unsuccessful. Malloy's 1970 #31 car is identified by Hungness as a 1969 Gerhardt so the more rarely seen #35 entry is presumably the team's older, backup car. The 1969 car is presumed to be the #31 car from Indy 1969 until the team disappears at the end of 1971. Subsequent history unknown until Hurricane Charley in August 2004 damaged a building in Florida, revealing the little-known car collection of real estate developer Walter Medlin. The #31 Gerhardt, in apparently original condition, was visible in pictures of the damaged building. In April 2007, the car was pictured on an open transporter on Interstate 65 heading north of Nashville, TN. With it were the 1979 Cicada and an unidentified #99 car. Rumoured to be in a private museum in Indianapolis (and the I-65 through Nashville is exactly on the route from Florida to Indianapolis).
  8. Gerhardt 65 (Carl Williams): Ernest L. Ruiz (Modesto, CA) bought a new Gerhardt for 1965 and ran it as the #65 Travelon Trailer car. It was fitted with a 252 ci Offenhauser engine and Ernie Ruiz continued to run it in this form until 1971, although it may well have acquired a turbocharger by the end of this period. Dennis Johansen recalls the car being very heavily damaged at Phoenix in March 1970 when Johnny Anderson triggered a six-car accident while trying to avoid a spinning Nick Dioguardi. However, the car seen in pictures on track at the Speedway in the 1971 Hungness Yearbook appears to be a pre-66 car, so it must have survived. Unknown after Indianapolis May 1971.
  9. Eagle 68 (Mike Mosley): Sold new to the Leader Card team and prepared by Jud Phillips for Bobby Unser to race in 1968 as the #3 Rislone entry. Won the Indy 500 but then crashed and very badly damaged at Mosport Park in June 1968. Unser generally preferred his 1967 Eagle but the '68 car was back in use by Riverside in December 1969 at the latest. Then transferred to the AJ Watson half of the Leader Card operation and raced by Mike Mosley as the #9 G. C. Murphy entry during 1970. It is presumed that Mosley used the same car all season but he may also have used the team's older Watson-built cars. Watson acquired the ex-Gurney '68 Eagle for 1971 but Mosley damaged this car in practice at the Indy 500 so raced the original ex-Unser car. The car was comprehensively destroyed during the race when Mosley crashed into the outside wall and cannoned across into three retired cars parked against the inside wall. Mosley was hospitalised with a broken leg and elbow as well as serious burns.
  10. Mongoose 67 ['D'] (Bruce Walkup): The Agajanian acquired a 1967 Mongoose near the end of 1967 and ran it through to 1970 with Ford, Offy and Chev power.
  11. Gerhardt 69 (Bob Harkey): The 1969 Gerhardt driven by Mel Kenyon as the #9 Krohne Grain Transport Spl to a fine fourth place in the 1969 Indy 500 then became Joseph B. Hunt's #99 'Joe Hunt Magneto Spl' from the start of 1970. Denny Zimmerman failed to qualify it for the 1970 Indy 500 but Bob Harkey put it in the 1971 Indy 500. It is presumably the same #99 car driven in practice by Harkey and Jerry Karl at the 1972 Indy 500 although it does look very different. It may even be the #99 Gerhardt that Harkey tried to qualify for the California 500 as late as 1975 but that does seem somewhat unlikely. At Phoenix in 1971, Autoweek says the car had a non-turbo Offy engine.
  12. Eagle 70 (Dan Gurney): New for Dan Gurney as the #48 AAR entry at Indianapolis in 1970. Raed again by Gurney at Ontario but wrecked. Then for Bobby Unser when he joined AAR from Leader Card Racers and rafed at Phoenix again as the #48. Phil Harms' data shows Bobby Unser using a 1971 Eagle at the opening races of 1971 but this seems to contradict Ludvigsen (p80) which says "two new cars were prepared for Indy in 1971". Even more conclusive is the Auto Racing report on the March 1971 Phoenix event which says both AAR drivers "will use the Eagles as seen last year at Ontario". Used by Unser as the #2 entry at the opening few races of 1971. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. Gerhardt 70 (Gary Bettenhausen): Bettenhausen had a new factory Gerhardt for the 1970 Indy 500 and used this car again in the 1971 500. In 1972, Rutherford started his Thermo King/Gerhardt career with a run in a "wedge-shaped Gerhardt that Bettenhausen had driven many times" (Davidson 1974 year book p179) so this was presumably Bettenhausen's car from Indy 1970 to the end of 1971. Presumed also to be Jim Malloy's car at the start of 1972.
  14. Hawk III (68) (George Follmer): Andretti's 1969 Indy-winning Hawk was shunted later in the season (Autosport 27 Nov 1969 p36), presumably at Dover Downs, and the duplicate car that had been intended for road racing had to do double duty for the rest of the season.
  15. Eagle 68 (Jerry Grant): Jerry Grant appeared for Tom Friedkin's team at Indy from 1967 to 1969, getting new Eagles in 1967 and 1968. Having driven for Marvin Webster for much of 1969, Grant returned to the 1968 ex-Friedkin Eagle for 1970, when he qualified it at Indy in Nelson Iron Works colours. He was back at Indy with the car in 1971, when it was the #78 Farrell's Ice Cream car that Sam Posey qualified but was later bumped. It was used by Jerry Grant a few times later in 1971, including at the USAC Road Racing event at Seattle. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. Eagle 67 [?] (Bobby Unser): Sold to the Jud Phillips half of the Leader Card team, fitted with a Ford V8 and entered for Bobby Unser as the #6 Rislone car from the start of the 1967 season. Retained for 1968 and run still with its Ford engine alongside a new 1968 Eagle which had an Offy turbo engine. The '67 car was used again by Unser in 1969, when it was described as 'his accustomed short-track car, an old Eagle of the original cylindrical shape with a turbo/Offy'. Crashed at Phoenix Nov 1969 and heavily damaged but evidently repaired as it was raced again during 1970. Again its exact usage is unclear and at some point the car transferred to the AJ Watson half of the Leader Card team. Bought from Watson by Aaron Lewis.
  17. Scorpion 70 (Roger McCluskey): The Scorpion that Pollard ran prior to Indy in 1971 and then after his wreck at Michigan is not yet known. Later adverts for the Scorpions revealed that five monocoques were built and three had been wrecked. Brawner appears to have had only two distinct Scorpions at any point in time (from after the 'backup' Scorpion was prepared in time for Ontario 1970) so it would appear that new tubs were required on two occasions.
  18. Eagle 70 [801] (Swede Savage): The Swede Savage #42 AAR-entered car in 1970 that won at Phoenix had been a backup at the 1970 Indy 500 (1971, 1972 Hungness), presumably the #42 car that did not arrive (Daily Reports). It was retained as a backup at the 1971 Indy 500 and was raced by Malloy. Presumably the #42 second-string AAR car in 1971. It was then the Page Racing car for Mike Hiss in 1972 (1972 Hungness) but was usually called a 1971 Eagle. In early 1973, Bob Criss was killed while testing the Page Racing Eagle prior to Phoenix (Autosport 22 Mar 1973 p7); this was presumably the car driven by Hiss in 1972. It was later advertised as Savage's Phoenix winner and its chassis number was given in the advert as 801.
  19. Eagle 66 [204 (?)] (Wally Dallenbach): A customer car sold to Lindsey Hopkins and entered for the 1966 Indy 500 for Roger McCluskey to drive as the #8 G. C. Murphy car. Tentatively identified as chassis 204. Also raced by McCluskey for the rest of 1966 then McCluskey's backup #72 entry in 1967. Hopkins bought a new 1967 Eagle for McCluskey in 1967 and then acquired the ex-Yunick one as well but it is still possible that the 1966 car was used as a short track or road course car that season. Hopkins bought another new Eagle in 1968 which relegated the 1966 car further down the order. How it was used in 1968, if at all, is unknown. In 1969 Hopkins bought a Coyote for McCluskey but Wally Dallenbach joined the team to drive an older 1966 or 1967 Eagle. The 1966 car was Dallenbach's backup at the 1969 Indy 500 and was presumably his short track car during that season. Dallenbach again had both the 1966 and 1967 car to choose between in 1970 but is believed to have used the older car most of the time. Unknown after Phoenix November 1970 but later reported to be in the collection of Donald E. Smith (Terre Haute, IN), a veteran sponsor and supporter of racing in Indiana. The car is fully restored and housed in his "500 Museum of Wheels" in Terre Haute. Featured in "Griot's Garage Treasures" on YouTube in November 2012.
  20. Eagle 66 [203] (Johnny Rutherford): The #88 AAR entry for Jerry Grant at the 1966 Indy 500 with Bardahl and Pacesetter Homes backing and fitted with a 255ci Ford V8. Identified as chassis 203. Also raced by Grant at Phoenix at the end of 1966. Then to Friedkin Enterprises and entered as the #78 for Grant in 1967 at the Indy 500 and at road course events later in the season. For Jerry Titus at the 1968 Indy 500 and then sold to Jackson oilman Walt Michner for his Michner Petroleum team and driver Johnny Rutherford as a backup to his other ex-Friedkin Eagle. The 1966 car was fitted with an Offy turbo for 1969 and entered as the #36 Patrick Petroleum car for Rutherford throughout the season. Retained by Michner for Rutherford during the 1970 and 1971 seasons still in partnership with Michner's 1967 Eagle as the #18 entry. The 1966 car was nicknamed "Geraldine" during this time and the 1967 car "Old Shep". Then to Marvin Webster (who had previously owned 202) and on the entry list at Ontario in 1972 for Don Brown. Next seen in practice at the 1973 Indy 500, entered by Webster as the #76 , and later at Ontario in September 1973 where John Cannon raced it. Later found in a foyer and acquired by Chuck Haines. Still with Haines in 2003. Owned by Aaron Lewis by 2008 and restored to Rutherford #36 livery.
  21. Wolverine 70 (Bill Puterbaugh): Don Edmunds designed the Wolverine in 1970 for the Agajanian team. The car was a flop but the team soldiered on with it during 1970, finally replacing it with an old Colt-Lola at the 1971 Indy 500. Although the Wolverine appeared at Indy as the #97 (Hungness p167; Autoweek), it was not seen again after this.
  22. Eagle 70 [804] (Larry Dickson): Jim Robbins (Troy, MI), of auto parts manufacturer Jim Robbins Co. entered a number of cars during the 1950s and 1960s up to his death in a place accident in September 1966. His son Jim Marshall Robbins took over the team and for 1970 bought a brand new Eagle. It was entered at Indy for Sammy Sessions as the #67 car and finished 12th. It was also entered later that season at Ontario but Larry Dickson could not qualify it. At this point Robbins Jnr took up racing himself, competing in SCCA racing and progressing later to Trans-Am but was obliged by his father's will to continue to enter a car at the Indianapolis 500. The team's 1968 Eagle was sold but the 1970 car continued to be entered up to 1975, looking increasingly forlorn at each appearance.
  23. Gerhardt 69 (Sammy Sessions): The Caves Buick Special Gerhardt that appears at the 1972 Indy 500 is said by Hungness to be a 1969 Gerhardt that was 'not at track' in 1969, was DNQ'd by McElreath in 1970 and was not entered in 1971. This would be the brand new Gerhardt wedge that the team first raced as the #14 at Trenton in July 1969. The picture of the car in the 1970 Hungness shows a very exaggerated wedge shape, which was tempered somewhat by 1972. It was then the #74 Gerhardt driven by McElreath, Arnie Knepper and Sam Sessions in 1970. The Caves team reappears at Ontario 1971 with the car now entered as the #37 and with Bruce Walkup in the seat. It is then presumably the #37 entry during 1972 for Lee Kunzman, McElreath and Greg Weld.
  24. Watson 69 (George Snider): AJ Watson built a new car for the Leader Card team in 1969 which was Mike Mosley's #90 Zecol-Lubaid ride at the Indy 500 that year. It is then presumably his #90 car for the rest of the season. In 1970, it was entered for Bob Veith as the #90 G. C. Murphy car but Veith crashed in practice. It is then presumably the #90 car raced by George Snider later in the season. It does not appear to have been present at the 1971 Indy 500 but was Bill Puterbaugh's #80 ride for the team at Pocono in July. It is presumably the team's #80 backup car at two later events. Subsequent history unknown.
  25. Kingfish 70 (Greg Weld): The George Follmer #41 Grant King car at the 1971 Indy 500 was the car that Art Pollard had driven in 1970 (as the #10). It is described (Indy Media Book 1973 p95) as the first Grant King car "designed to run at the Speedway" and is almost certainly the car driven later in 1970 by Greg Weld (as the #41). A second Kingfish was built for 1971 but the 1970 car appears to have kept the #41 number. It is therefore almost certainly the car used by Roger McCluskey at Rafaela. After Indy, a picture of the car at Pocono identifies it as the #40 STP-sponsored car. Given the small number of cars built by King, it is likely that this is one of the cars brought to Indy in 1973 by Crockey Peterson.
  26. Gerhardt (Al Loquasto): Al Loquasto ran a #26 Gerhardt turbo Offy in 1970 and 1971 as the very popular Indy-On-A-Shoestring entry. A photograph of the car in the Hungness yearbook for 1970 shows a car identical to the 1969 #26 Bulldog Stables entry but it is now thought that the Hungness publishers mistakenly used a 1969 photo. Other pictures of Loquasto's Gerhardt show a quite different car.
  27. Eagle 68 (Lee Roy Yarbrough): Dan Gurney's #48 Olsonite entry at the 1968 Indy 500 was a new 1968 Eagle fitted with the Gurney Weslake Ford 303 ci stock block V8 engine. This car was highly successful on road courses later in the year, Gurney winning at IRP, twice at Mosport and at Riverside. The car was sold to Jim Robbins for 1969 and fitted with a Ford turbo for Lee Roy Yarbrough to drive at the Indy 500. Robbins brought the car back to the Speedway for 1970 for Yarbrough to drive and it was also on the entry list at Ontario that September. It appears that it was then sold to Leader Card for the AJ Watson team to prepare for Mike Mosley and would presumably be the Ford-powered car used by Mosley in the opening races of 1971. Mosley destroyed the ex-Unser '68 Eagle during that year's Indy 500 so all appearances of a Watson-modified Eagle after that race must be this ex-Gurney car. Retained by the Wilke family.
  28. Eagle 67 (Bill Simpson): The #74 AAR entry for Dan Gurney at the 1967 Indy 500, fitted with a Ford V8 and with support from Wagner Lockheed. Sold after the race to AJ Foyt and very probably the car raced by him at Mosport Park in July 1967. The history of the car over the next three years remains unknown but it reappeared at the 1970 Indy 500 still as part of the Foyt team but now equipped with a turbo Ford and entered as the #83 Greer car for Donnie Allison, who finished fourth. Then sold to Bill Simpson (Los Angeles, CA) and raced by him with a Chevrolet engine and three late-1970 races. Fitted with an Offy turbo for Simpson in 1971 and 1972. Unknown thereafter but discovered in a derelict state in 2008. Sold by Bill Wiswedel (Holland, Michigan) back to AAR in 2012. In 2014, John Mueller of Entrepreneur Enterprises in Fresno, CA, was well progessed with the restoration.
  29. Morris 69 (Ronnie Bucknum): George Morris left Vel's Parnelli team in 1968 to build two new Indy cars for the 1969 season. One of these was sold to MVS who then had chief crew Dick Cecil built a copy of it. The Morris was their #29 entry and the Cecil copy became their #19 backup car. Both had Ford turbo engines and were used together until the end of 1971 when the team acquired a pair of Coyotes. The histories here assume the Morris was always the #29 and the Cecil always the #19, the impression given by MVS team owner Dick Sommers' book 'Eddie Called Me Boss'.
  30. Gerhardt 67 (TBA): The #10 Federal Engineering entry for Bud Tingelstad at the 1967 Indy 500 is identified by Clymer as a new car. It is then identified by the 1968 Clymer as Tingelstad's 1968 #10, now fitted with a turbo Offy. It is presumably the #10 Federal entry raced by Tingelstad (and Arnie Knepper on one occasion) until the end of 1968. Bobby John's #35 Federal Engineering Special at Indy in 1969 can tentatively be identified as this car which would imply that it is the same #35 car that appears on and off in the Federal Engineering team right up to 1971. History then unknown until seen fully restored to Tingelstad's #10 livery at Indianapolis in May 2011 when it was driven by Parnelli Jones. Prepared then by Greg Elliff of G.E. Autosports (Avon, IN). Also driven at Indy in 2012 and 2013, Owned in 2012 by Jeff Irwin.
  31. Eagle 67 (TBA): The #42 AAR entry for Richie Ginther at the 1967 Indy 500, fitted with a Ford V8. Ginther made two attempts to qualify but the car was sold on 21 May to Friedkin Enterprises for Jerry Grant after their #78 entry had been bumped. Qualified by Grant but retired from the race. Retained for Grant, still as the #42, for the rest of 1967. Sold with Friedkin's other car, chassis 203, to Walt Michner's Michner Petroleum team for Johnny Rutherford to drive in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971, by which time the team had been taken over by Pat Patrick. Known as "Geraldine" during this time, the 1966 car was the most developed of the pair, with the reliable 1967 car being nicknamed "Old Shep". Patrick reorganised for 1972 and the '67 car was sold to Bay State Racing for Bentley Warren to race during 1972, still as the #36 entry. Retained for 1973 and made one last appearance at Trenton in September 1974. Later restored to 1971 Rutherford specification but then unknown until restored by John Mueller of Entrepreneur Enterprises in Fresno, CA, to its 1967 #42 livery. Sold in 2013 to Rob Dyson. On display at the offices of RACER magazine in January 2014.
  32. Gerhardt 68 (TBA): Having raced his own Gerhardt very successfully in 1967, Gordy Johncock had a new Gerhardt for 1968. Popular Mechanics Indy preview said that Fred Gerhardt was building two new cars for Johncock but as it also said he was building a turbine, whether both cars were actually delivered is unknown. Presumed to be Johncock's regular Gerhardt through 1968 and 1969 but as he also had two Gerhardts from 1967, its exact usage is unknown. Johncock also used a 1968 Eagle through this period. He bought a new Eagle for 1970 but one of the Gerhardts was still used up to June 1968, after which he acquired a McLaren M15A. Subsequent history unknown.
  33. Watson 64 (Denny Zimmerman): Built new by AJ Watson for Rodger Ward to race in 1964 for the Leader Card team as the #2 Kaiser Aluminum entry. Fitted with a Ford V8. Finished second at Indy that year and had two other second places later in the season. Taken by Leader Card to Indy again in 1966 as the #15 backup and used in practice by Jud Larson but wrecked and did not start. Brought back out later in the 1965 season for Bob Mathouser, and again for the same driver once at the start of 1966. Sold to Norm Hall over the 1966/67 close season who linked up with Barney Navarro to use the 199 ci 6-cylinder AMC Rambler turbo engine that Navarro had been developing. Appeared from 1967 to 1972 but, as a general rule, failed to qualify or failed to start. It appeared at Rafaela 1971 - only its fourth actual race start - driven by Dave Strickland and in practice at Indy that year by Les Scott. Jigger Sirois made another unsuccessful attempt to qualify the #50 Navarro-Rambler at the 1972 Indy 500. It was later acquired from Navarro by Rodger Ward and restored to its 1964 specification in the late 1980s. Subsequent history unknown until part of a display of Indycars at Monterey in August 2007 when it was owned by Tom Malloy and said to be "s/n 001" and then at Fontana in March 2008 alongside the Branson sister car.
  34. Kingfish 70 (TBA): The George Follmer #41 Grant King car at the 1971 Indy 500 was the car that Art Pollard had driven in 1970 (as the #10). It is described (Indy Media Book 1973 p95) as the first Grant King car "designed to run at the Speedway" and is almost certainly the car driven later in 1970 by Greg Weld (as the #41). A second Kingfish was built for 1971 but the 1970 car appears to have kept the #41 number. It is therefore almost certainly the car used by Roger McCluskey at Rafaela. After Indy, a picture of the car at Pocono identifies it as the #40 STP-sponsored car. Given the small number of cars built by King, it is likely that this is one of the cars brought to Indy in 1973 by Crockey Peterson.
  35. Morris (TBA): George Morris had built at least one car for Vel's Parnelli in 1968 and probably two for 1969, one of which went to MVS. In 1970, George Walther's Dayton-Walther//Walmotors team came to Indy with a Morris chassis for driver Kevin Bartlett with George Morris named as chief crew. Whether this was the second 1969 car or a new 1970 car is not clear. Photographs of the car at Indy in 1970 show a car very similar to the 1969 Morris used by MVS. This #77 'Morris Marauder' was used throughout 1970 and 1971, and was last seen as a spare car at the 1972 Indy 500 where Salt Walther used it for his Rookie test.
  36. Epperly 69 roadster (TBA): One of the very last front-engined cars built for Indy, the #89 Maxson Special was built by Quinn Epperly who had built the laydown roadster with which Sam Hanks and Jimmy Bryan won the 1957 and 1958 Indy 500s. The Maxson Spl appeared at Indy in 1969 but failed to qualify and was only seen intermittently thereafter. It is not mentioned in the results of the March 1971 Phoenix event but appears in Racing Pictorial's review of the event.

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.

The foundation for this research is the work done by the late Phil Harms collating the results of all AAA, USAC and CART races, including the period covered here. His data was refined by Michael Ferner who added more information before making it available to OldRacingCars.com. Since the start of the USAC project on OldRacingCars.com in 2004, a wealth of further information has been gleaned from the Carl Hungness and Donald Davidson Yearbooks and other published sources. Gerry Measures has also provided much information from his files as have others on TNF and Trackforum.

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

Individual sources for this event

As well as the known starters and non-qualifiers, details of other entrants have been added from the official entry list.