California 500

Ontario Motor Speedway, 7 Sep 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jim McElreath Coyote 70 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#14 Sheraton-Thompson [Foyt Enterprises, A. J.]
(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 [King, Grant] (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 [Ruiz, Ernest L.]
(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 [Foyt Enterprises, A. J.]
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 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#20 STP Gas Treatment [STP Corp.]
76 Broken oil tank
21 Jerry Grant Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#89 Nelson Ironworks [Jerry Grant]
(see note 14)
63 Ignition
22 Bobby Unser Eagle - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#3 Wagner-Lockheed [Leader Cards]
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 15)
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]
13 Ignition
28 Wally Dallenbach Eagle 66 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#22 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins]
10 Blown piston
29 Steve Krisiloff Eagle - Offy 159 ci turbo
#86 Wagner-Lockhhed [Leader Cards]
8 Magneto
30 Mark Donohue Lola T153 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#66 Sunoco [Penske, Roger S.]
7 Blown piston
31 Johnny Rutherford Eagle 66 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#18 Patrick Petroleum [Michner Petroleum]
(see note 16)
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 17)
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
Did not qualify
DNQ Sammy Sessions Gerhardt 69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#74 Caves Buick [Caves Buick Co.]
(see note 18)
Did not qualify
DNQ Billy Vukovich Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
#78 Thermo King [Gerhardt, Don]
Did not qualify
DNQ George Snider Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#90 G. C. Murphy [Leader Card] (see note 19)
Did not qualify
DNQ Bill Simpson Eisert - Chevrolet 320 ci
#96 Jerry Eisert Spl
Did not qualify
UNKE Greg Weld Kingfish 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#10 Grant King (see note 20)
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 21)
On entry list
UNKE Lee Roy Yarbrough Eagle 68 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#27 Jim Robbins Co
On entry list
UNKE Bill Simpson Eagle 67 - Chevrolet 320 ci
#28 Simpson Safety Equip. Co [Bill Simpson]
(see note 22)
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 23)
On entry list
UNKE TBA Gerhardt 67 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#35 Federal Automotive Ass. (see note 24)
On entry list
UNKE TBA Eagle 67 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#36 Patrick Petroleum [Michner Petroleum]
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]
On entry list
UNKE Denny Zimmerman Watson 64 - AMC Rambler Navarro TC 6
#50 Navarro (see note 25)
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]
(see note 26)
On entry list
UNKE TBA Morris - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#77 Walther's Tyrone [George Walther Jr/Walmotors]
(see note 27)
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 28)
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 - 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 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
13 Mark Donohue Lola T153 - Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
14 Wally Dallenbach Eagle 66 - 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 - 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 - 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 * Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
40 Jigger Sirois * Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
41 Bill Simpson * Eisert - 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.
  8. Gerhardt 65 (Carl Williams): Travelon Trailer Co (Bob Ruis of Modesto, Calif.) was listed as the owner of one of the three 1965 Gerhardts (CP&A 21 May 1966 pEE). His #65 car appears to continue into 1966. It is presumably then the #65 Ernie Ruiz car that continues on the USAC trail into 1970. Phil Harms' data records Ruiz' entry in 1971 as an unknown Offy TC but a photo in Hungness 1971 (p166) appears to show an early Gerhardt.
  9. Eagle 68 (Mike Mosley): AJ Watson's 'G. C. Murphy' Leader Cards 1971 cars appear in Phil Harms data as 'Watson-TCF' but Car and Driver's 1971 Indy review lists Mike Mosley's car as an Eagle 68 and Sport Auto lists both Mosley's Ford car and George Snider's Offy car as Eagle 68s. They appear to have been heavily modified 1968 Eagles. All 1971 GC Murphy Watson entries (Snider, Mosley and Puterbaugh) presumed to be 1968 Eagles; also the #98 Vivitar car used by Mosley up to and including Indy 1972 and by Muther at Milwaukee in 1972. The other #97 and #98 Vivitar entries in 1972 cannot yet be identified with any certainty.
  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 Bob 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): 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".
  13. Gerhardt 70 (Gary Bettenhausen): Bettenhausen has a new factory Gerhardt for the 1970 Indy 500 and uses 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. 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. Grant continued to use the 1968 Friedkin Eagle in 1970, where it qualified in Nelson Iron Works colours and it is presumably the #78 Farrell's Ice Cream car used by Jerry Grant a few times in 1971, including at the USAC Road Racing event at Seattle. It was at the Speedway that year where Sam Posey qualified it but was bumped.
  15. 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.
  16. Eagle 66 (Johnny Rutherford): The 1966 Eagle 203 was raced by Jerry Grant (Bardahl) in 1966; Grant was bumped in 1967; Jerry Titus failed to qualify in 1968; Rutherford (Patrick Racing) qualified 17th in 1969, 2nd in 1970 and 24th in 1971. Chuck Haines history of the car records it being Bob Harkey's car in 1973 (implying it was the 1973 #76 Webster Racing car) and that it "was there" in 1974. However, the unrestored state of the car still in Rutherford's #18 livery casts some doubt on the 1973 and 1974 appearances. (History from Chuck Haines who owned the car in 2003).
  17. 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.
  18. 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. The picture of the car in the 1970 Hungness shows a very exaggerated wedge shape, which was tempered somewhat by 1972. It is not known whether this car raced at all during 1969 but it is presumably the #74 Gerhardt driven by McElreath, Arnie Knepper and Sam Sessions in 1970. It then disappears until Ontario 1971 when Bruce Walkup briefly takes over the seat. It is then presumably the #37 entry during 1972 for Lee Kunzman, McElreath and Greg Weld. It may be McElreath's pre-Indy 1970 entry but as Caves Buick had a second Gerhardt at Indy, an older #53 car, this isn't clear.
  19. Eagle 68 (George Snider): AJ Watson's 'G. C. Murphy' Leader Cards 1971 cars appear in Phil Harms data as 'Watson-TCF' but Car and Driver's 1971 Indy review lists Mike Mosley's car as an Eagle 68 and Sport Auto lists both Mosley's Ford car and George Snider's Offy car as Eagle 68s. They appear to have been heavily modified 1968 Eagles. All 1971 GC Murphy Watson entries (Snider, Mosley and Puterbaugh) presumed to be 1968 Eagles; also the #98 Vivitar car used by Mosley up to and including Indy 1972 and by Muther at Milwaukee in 1972. The other #97 and #98 Vivitar entries in 1972 cannot yet be identified with any certainty.
  20. 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.
  21. Gerhardt (Al Loquasto): Having run a #36 Gerhardt-Chev on the USAC trail in 1968 and 1969, Bulldog Stables added a Gerhardt-Offy towards the end of 1968 and the team ran both cars a few times early in 1969. The #26 Gerhardt-Offy then reappears as Al Loquasto's Indy-On-A-Shoestring entry (photos in Hungness 1969 p41 and 1970 p103 show the car almost unchanged) at Indy in 1970. It is presumably the #26 Gerhardt-Offy he ran in 1970 and early 1971.
  22. Eagle 67 (Bill Simpson): Dan Gurney's AAR-entered #74 Wagner Lockheed Eagle at the 1967 Indy 500 does not appear as an AAR entry again in 1967. It is known (Hungness 1970) to have gone to Foyt so is likely to be one of the pair of Sheraton-Thompson Eagles run for Foyt, Leonard and Hurtubise at Mosport and Riverside in 1967. Not entered in 1968 or 1969 but brought back to the Speedway as a Foyt entry for Donnie Allison in 1970. Sold to Bill Simpson (USAC News 1 Jul 1970) and run as the #28 Eagle in 1971 and 1972.
  23. 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’.
  24. 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.
  25. Watson 64 (Denny Zimmerman): The 1964 Watson in which Rodger Ward finished second at Indy that year was identified as Jud Larson's Watson-Offy at the 1965 "500" (Clymer 1965 p73). It was later sold to Norm Hall over the 1966/67 close season. He linked up with Barney Navarro to use the 199 ci 6-cylinder AMC Rambler turbo engine that he had been developing. It first appeared in 1968 but, as a general rule, failed to qualify or failed to start. It appeared at Rafaela 1971 - only its third 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, presumably this same car. It was restored to 1964 specification in the late 1980s. (History provided by Gerry Measures).
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.