US Formula Super Vee Champions
During the peak decade of FSV, from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, it produced a number of top USAC and CART driver, most notably Al Unser, Jr., Michael Andretti, Geoff Brabham and Arie Luyendijk. During this time it largely replaced sprint cars and midgets as the favoured route for drivers into the USAC and CART series.
Luyendijk was CART Rookie of the Year as reigning champion but the rise of ARS and the return of Formula Atlantic in the late 1980s overshadowed FSV and he was the last FSV champion to have that success. Ken Johnson made no impact at all in the higher ranks and Didier Theys had to follow his FSV championship with an ARS championship before getting his CART break. Scott Atchison made no impact in CART, Mark Smith had three seasons in ARS before a short CART career, and Ken Murillo and Stuart Crow both sunk without trace.
|Year||SCCA Champion||USAC Champion|
|1971||Bill Scott *|
|1972||Bill Scott *|
|1977||Bob Lazier||Tom Bagley & Herm Johnson (tie)|
|1978||Bill Alsup||Bill Alsup|
|1979||Geoff Brabham||Dennis Firestone|
|1981||Al Unser, Jr.|
* Note that the Bill Scott that won the FSV championship was not the same Bill Scott that ran in Can-Am in the mid-1980s, nor was he the Billy Scott who ran in Indy racing from 1975 onwards. The FSV champion was from McLean, VA; the Can-Am driver ten years later was from Peoria, IL and Billy Scott was from San Bernardino, CA.