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Trentonian 200

Trenton International Speedway, 25 Apr 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Mosley Eagle 67 [210] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#4 G. C. Murphy [Leader Cards/AJ Watson]
(see note 1)
134 1h 30m 58.57s
132.562 mph
2 Wally Dallenbach Kuzma-Kenyon 71 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#22 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins/Duane Glasgow]
(see note 2)
131 Flagged
3 Lee Roy Yarbrough Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#42 Olsonite [Oscar Olson-AAR] (see note 3)
130 Flagged
4 Bobby Unser Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#2 Olsonite [Oscar Olson-AAR] (see note 4)
129 turbocharger
5 Cale Yarborough Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#21 Gene White Firestone (see note 5)
128 Flagged
6 Art Pollard Scorpion 70 ['2'?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#8 Gilmore Racing [Clint Brawner]
(see note 6)
128 Flagged
7 Dick Simon Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#10 TraveLodge Sleeper [Dick Simon]
(see note 7)
126 Flagged
8 Bruce Walkup Wolverine 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#98 Agajanian-Faas (see note 8)
125 Flagged
9 Al Loquasto Gerhardt 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#26 Indy-On-A-Shoestring [Indy Shoestring, Inc.]
(see note 9)
118 Flagged
10 Ludwig Heimrath Eisert 67 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#55 Heimrath Porsche [Heimrath Racing]
116 Flagged
11 Steve Krisiloff Hawk III (68) - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#20 STP Gas Treatment [STP Corp./Andy Granatelli]
(see note 10)
113 wrecked
12 Jerry Karl Gerhardt 66? - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#102 Winters Transmission Spl. [Jerry Karl]
(see note 11)
110 Flagged
13 Lloyd Ruby Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#12 Gene White Firestone (see note 12)
106 wrecked
14 Don Brown Gerhardt 66? - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#39 Seymour Enterprises [Louis Seymour]
(see note 13)
101 wrecked
15 Gordon Johncock Vollstedt 67 ['B'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#7 Johncock Timberjack [Rolla Vollstedt]
(see note 14)
60 clutch failure
16 Gary Bettenhausen Gerhardt 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#16 Thermo-King [Don Gerhardt]
41 clutch failure
17 Johnny Rutherford Eagle 66 [203] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#18 Michner Petroleum (see note 15)
36 exhaust failure
18 Mario Andretti McNamara 501 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#5 STP Oil Treatment [STP Corp/Andy Granatelli]
(see note 16)
35 turbocharger bearing
19 Mark Donohue Lola T153 2WD [SL153/6] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#68 Sunoco [Roger Penske] (see note 17)
33 clutch failure
20 Arnie Knepper Eagle 68 [406] - Chevrolet
#90 C. H. E. K. (see note 18)
33 oil leak
21 Al Unser Colt 70 [001?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#1 Johnny Lightning 500 [Vels-Parnelli Jones]
(see note 19)
32 burned piston
22 Roger McCluskey Kuzma-Kenyon 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#6 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins/Don Kenyon]
(see note 20)
23 wrecked
23 John Mahler Eagle 68 [401] - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#100 Mahler Eagle 100 [John Mahler]
(see note 21)
14 oil leak
24 Joe Leonard Colt 70 [002?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#15 Samsonite [Vels-Parnelli Jones]
(see note 22)
12 turbocharger fire
25 Billy Vukovich Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#32 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
(see note 23)
2 clutch failure
26 Bentley Warren Finley 68/69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#94 Classic Wax [Vatis Enterprises]
1 broken oil line
DNS Bobby Allen Gerhardt 69 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#101 Emrich Chev (see note 24)
Did not start
(engine)
  Sammy Sessions Gerhardt 68/69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#31 Federal Automotive [Dan Levine]
(see note 25)
On entry list
  Tom Bigelow Gerhardt - Offy 159 ci turbo
#34 Midwest Mfg Dura-Pot [Carl Gehlhausen]
On entry list
  Dick Simon Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#44 [S. Auerbach] (see note 26)
On entry list
  Rick Muther Gerhardt 66 - Allison 250 turbine
#54 Jack Adams Aircraft [Jack Adams]
(see note 27)
On entry list
  Gig Stephens Halibrand Shrike - Ford 302 ci stock block V8
#59 G. Stephens [Gig Stephens]
On entry list
  Karl Busson Halibrand Shrike 65 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#73 Cavanagh-Tomlinson [Bob Cavanagh & Bob Tomlinson]
On entry list
  Jim Reynard Finley - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#75 H. Reynard [Helen Reynard] (see note 28)
On entry list
  David "Salt" Walther Morris Marauder (71) - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#77 George Walther (see note 29)
On entry list
Qualifying
1 Bobby Unser Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo 34.709s (155.579 mph)
2 Al Unser Colt 70 [001?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 34.733s (155.471 mph)
3 Mario Andretti McNamara 501 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 34.803s (155.159 mph)
4 Mike Mosley Eagle 67 [210] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 34.809s (155.132 mph)
5 Gary Bettenhausen Gerhardt 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo 35.167s (153.553 mph)
6 Lloyd Ruby Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 35.216s (153.339 mph)
7 Mark Donohue Lola T153 2WD [SL153/6] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 35.234s (153.261 mph)
8 Joe Leonard Colt 70 [002?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 35.341s (152.797 mph)
9 Roger McCluskey Kuzma-Kenyon 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 35.445s (152.348 mph)
10 Johnny Rutherford Eagle 66 [203] - Offy 159 ci turbo 35.553s (151.885 mph)
11 Steve Krisiloff Hawk III (68) - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 35.870s (150.543 mph)
12 Billy Vukovich Hayhoe 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo 35.923s (150.321 mph)
13 Wally Dallenbach Kuzma-Kenyon 71 - Offy 159 ci turbo 36.117s (149.514 mph)
14 Gordon Johncock Vollstedt 67 ['B'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 36.143s (149.406 mph)
15 Lee Roy Yarbrough Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo 36.273s (148.871 mph)
16 Bentley Warren Finley 68/69 - Offy 159 ci turbo 36.862s (146.492 mph)
17 Dick Simon Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 37.004s (145.930 mph)
18 Art Pollard Scorpion 70 ['2'?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 37.070s (145.670 mph)
19 John Mahler Eagle 68 [401] - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 37.200s (145.161 mph)
20 Bruce Walkup Wolverine 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo 37.206s (145.137 mph)
21 Cale Yarborough Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 37.460s (144.153 mph)
22 Don Brown Gerhardt 66? - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 37.836s (142.721 mph)
23 Jerry Karl Gerhardt 66? - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 37.939s (142.333 mph)
24 Arnie Knepper Eagle 68 [406] - Chevrolet 38.019s (142.034 mph)
25 Al Loquasto Gerhardt 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo 38.080s (141.806 mph)
26 Ludwig Heimrath Eisert 67 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 40.471s (133.428 mph)

Notes on the cars:

  1. Eagle 67 [210] (Mike Mosley): 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. In 1968, this car was used by Unser on ovals, helping Unser to the USAC title, together with a second 1967 Eagle used for road racing and a 1968 Eagle with which he won the Indy 500. Retained again for 1969, but only raced Unser at Dover Downs. However, after his other 1967 Eagle was wrecked, this original car was used by Unser on ovals in 1970, with the 1968 Eagle being used on road courses. Unser and Phillips both left Leader Card Racers later in 1970, and their equipment was transferred to the AJ Watson half of the Leader Card team. The 1967 Eagle was raced by Watson's driver Mike Mosley to win at Trenton in April 1971, and by George Snider at five later races. At some point, this car was damaged, and the unrepaired monocoque was given by Watson to Bentley Warren, who was racing the ex-Michner 1967 Eagle. It was still unrepaired when bought from Warren by consortium "Eagle Partners" who restored the ex-Unser car and sold it in July 2005 to Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia). Sold by Aaron in 2014 to Scott Borchetta (Nashville, TN), the founder of Big Machine Records, who ran it in the vintage event at Indianapolis in May 2015.
  2. Kuzma-Kenyon 71 (Wally Dallenbach): New for the 1970 Indianapolis 500, and fitted with a turbo Offy engine for Wally Dallenbach to use as Lindsey Hopkins' #22 Sprite entry. After the car blew three engines due to what was believed to be an oil plumbing issue, Dallenbach swapped to an older Eagle for qualifying and the race. The #22 car was used by Dallenbach at Trenton in October 1970, and was then his regular car in 1971, finishing second at Trenton in April, and finishing fourth twice. He crashed the car heavily in practice at Pocono in July, but it was repaired, now in orange paintwork, in time for Milwaukee in August. He then crashed the car again during practice at Phoenix in October 1971, and this time it was "badly damaged". Not seen again.
  3. Eagle 70 (Lee Roy Yarbrough): A new car built later in 1970 to use the Gurney Weslake Ford 318 ci stock block engine. It was entered as #42 as a backup car for Dan Gurney at the California 500, but after he qualified his regular #48 Offy car, the stock block was handed over to Swede Savage, who qualified it but retired. Savage then raced it again at Phoenix in November, winning the race. This car was then fitted with an Offy turbo engine for 1971, when it was the team's backup car at the Indy 500, so it is presumably the #42 car that Savage and Lee Roy Yarbrough had used in the Rafaela, Phoenix and Trenton races held prior to the Indy 500. It was entered as the #48 backup car at the Indy 500, but was raced by Jim Malloy as the #42 entry after Yarbrough wrecked his original #42 1971 Eagle and then withdrew. As both 1971 Eagles were damaged at the 500, it was then raced by Bobby Unser (as #2) at Milwaukee in June. Subsequent history unresolved.
  4. Eagle 70 (Bobby Unser): New for Dan Gurney as the #48 AAR entry at Indianapolis in 1970. Raced again by Gurney at Ontario as the #48, but wrecked. Gurney then retired, and Bobby Unser joined AAR from Leader Card Racers to take his place. Unser raced this car at Phoenix again as the #48, and it is presumably the car he raced as the #2 Olsonite Eagle entry at the opening few races of 1971. Subsequent history unresolved.
  5. Mongoose 71 (Cale Yarborough): New for Cale Yarborough to race in 1971 as the Gene White team's #21 car. After 1971, this car remained unused and was dismantled but still in exactly the same livery when in the collection of Bob McConnell (Urbana, OH) in 2010. Sold in August 2013 to Brad Edwards (Plainfield, IN) who started a full restoration with a view to having the car on track by May 2016.
  6. Scorpion 70 ['2'?] (Art Pollard): New for Art Pollard to drive at the 1970 California 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway, as the #64 QuicKick entry for owner Hayhoe Racing Enterprises, and co-chief mechanics Clint Brawner and Jim McGee. Pollard, the oldest man in the race, qualified on the back row but drove a steady race and took over the lead on lap 192 out of 200, but in trying to stretch his lead over Jim McElreath's Coyote, he went too high in turn 4 on lap 198, and McElreath was able to catch him and pass.
  7. Vollstedt 67 ['A'] (Dick Simon): New for 1967 and run by Vollstedt Enterprises as the #17 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl in 1967 and 1968 with a 255 ci Ford quad cam engine. Appeared at Indy in 1969, now with a turbo Ford but still as the #17 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl. Dick Simon raced this car for the Vollstedt team at a few races late 1969 as the All Seasons Sports car and then acquired the car, which became his #44 entry in 1970 and then his #44 TraveLodge Sleeper backup in 1971. Retained as part of Simon's stable until the end of 1975 when it was sold to Art Sugai (Ontario, OR) and became his #90 Eastside Café entry for Frank Weiss in 1976. Sold in 1978 to Tom Black (Portland, OR) and Bob Ames and restored by them as the #21 ex-Jim Clark car after being incorrectly identified as that car by Rolla Vollstedt. Then to Don Mack and Hank Albers in 1979 and sold a year later via Eoin Young to Peter Briggs and put on display in his York Motor Museum in Western Australia. Offered for sale by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in August 2009 at which point it was correctly identified as the #17 car. Sold to Greg Smith in 2010.
  8. Wolverine 70 (Bruce Walkup): New for Bill Vukovich at the 1970 Indy 500, entered by Agajanian-Faas Racers as the #98 Wynn's Spitfire. Vukovich did not exceed 161.5 mph at any point, and left the team prior to final qualifying. The team continued with the car, but at the California 500 at Ontario in September, it was wrecked by Bruce Walkup, repaired, and then wrecked again by Bill Puterbaugh. The car continued into 1971 as the team's No 2 car, but despite a succession of drivers during Indy practice month, no attempt was made to qualify. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Gerhardt 68 (Al Loquasto): Arthur W. 'Buzz' Harvey's Bulldog Stables Inc (Hardwick, Mass) entered what was later claimed to be a new Gerhardt turbo Offy as their #26 entry at the 1969 Indy 500 for Rick Muther, who narrowly failed to qualify the car. It was the same shape as Gerhardt's own #16 entry, with the same outboard front suspension. After 1969, it was then sold to Al Loquasto (Manchester, PA), who ran it in 1970 and 1971 as the very popular Indy-On-A-Shoestring #26 Gerhardt turbo Offy. The car was entered by Bob Raines (New York, NY) and filmmaker Judd Maze at the 1970 Indy 500 with Frank Curtis as crew chief, but blew two engines during practice and then damaged its front suspension when the throttle on its sole remaining engine stuck open, so could not qualify. Loquasto started at Michigan and Trenton later in 1970, and had another attempt to qualify for the 500 in 1971. On this occasion he crashed again during practice, on 23 May, and the car was extensively damaged. Repaired and sold to Carl Gehlhausen (Jasper, IN) and Jim Masson (Kansas City, KS), and entered for Jerry Karl (Manchester, PA) in 1972, with Eddie Baue (Sparta, IL) as chief mechanic. After Karl was released, it was driven by Tom Bigelow later in the season. The team acquired a 1972 Kingfish for 1973, and the subsequent history of the Gerhardt is unknown.
  10. Hawk III (68) (Steve Krisiloff): A second 1968 Hawk built for Mario Andretti to use in road racing events in 1968. This is presumably the car used by Andretti at Mosport Park, Continental Divide, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Mont-Tremblant and Riverside during 1968. Became part of the STP team for 1969, and likely to have been Andretti's #64 backup car at the 1969 Indy 500. Probably used at Langhorne in June, then likely to be the road racing car again used at Continental Divide and Indianapolis Raceway Park. After the oval racing sister car was wrecked at Dover Downs in August, the road racing car was used on oval tracks as well, and was raced by Andretti at Brainerd, Trenton, Seattle, Phoenix and Riverside. Retained for 1970 and used by Andretti at the beginning of the season, then by Follmer at the 1970 Indy 500, although it was reported at the time to be Andretti's 1969 Indy 500 car. Also raced by STP's No 2 driver Steve Krisiloff at Trenton in October, at Phoenix in November, and at Trenton again in April 1971, where he wrecked it. The car was repaired for exhibition purposes and was later acquired by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, where it is displayed as a replica of Andretti Indy 500 winner.
  11. Gerhardt 66? (Jerry Karl): ARDC midget owner Ken Brenn Sr (Warren, NJ) ran a #57 Gerhardt for Bob Harkey in 1967 (also driven by Lothar Motschenbacher at Phoenix) and then ran a #88 Gerhardt in 1968 for a variety of drivers. According to Gary Mondschein, these were two different cars, the first being a '66 car and the second a '67 car, and Brenn told him both cars came from Goodyear and were unraced. Simmo Iskül's analysis supports them being two different cars, but shows that both were 1966 Gerhardts. Brenn's 1967 car went to Bulldog Stables for 1968 and would be the #36 Gerhardt-Chev run on the USAC trail in 1968 and the #68 in 1969 for drivers such as Gene Bergin, Bob Harkey and Denny Zimmerman. It was joined by a Gerhardt-Offy towards the end of 1968 and the team ran both cars a few times early in 1969. The ex-Brenn #68 then reappears as Jerry Karl's Trackstar Helmet entry (photos in the Hungness yearbook 1969 p41 and 1970 p103 show the car almost unchanged) becoming his #52 entry in 1970 and presumably his #102 Winters Transmission entry in 1971. It was then sold to Geoff Bodine who added a roll-cage and set it up as a Super-Modified and raced it at Oswego Speedway (near Syracuse, NY) in 1972, taking a fourth place finish in a race on 3 June 1972. The car was later in the collection of Bob McConnell (Urbana, OH), still unrestored in Bodine's colours. Sold to Gary Mondschein in 2011 and was being restored in 2014 by Walt Goodwin.
  12. Mongoose 71 (Lloyd Ruby): New for Lloyd Ruby in 1971 as the Gene White team's #12 car but "abandoned by Ruby after that year's Indy 500", presumably as it was the only year for some time that he had not led the race. Sold to Pat O'Reilly and entered as the #51 Minnesota Serendipity car in 1973 for Dee Jones, John Hubbard and Jigger Sirois. Returned in 1974 as the #53 for John Cannon but failed to qualify for the Indy 500. Raced later in 1974 by Jan Opperman and by Mel Cornett and appeared in 1975 for John Hubbard and Cornett again. Wrecked at Milwaukee in June 1975 and, according to Milwaukee Mile Historian Steve Zautke, was "wiped out".
  13. Gerhardt 66? (Don Brown): New for Bob Hurt (Potomac, MD) and entered during 1966 by Robert J Ricucci (Washington, DC) as the #36 Viking Racing Offenhauser car. In 1967, Hurt returned in a Gerhardt but the #29 REV 500 car entered by Malcolm J Boyle. Entered again by Boyle's PMB Racers Inc of Chicago, IL, for Hurt in early 1968. Driven by Bobby Johns and Ronnie Duman during practice for the 1968 Indy 500, but crashed by Duman. Photographs show that this car then went to Arthur W. 'Buzz' Harvey's Bulldog Stables Inc (Hardwick, Mass), still as the #26, to run alongside the team's #36 Gerhardt-Chev on the USAC trail towards the end of 1968. Then believed to be the 1966 Gerhardt sold by Bulldog Stables to Louis A. Seymour (Marlboro, Mass), who fitted a Chevy engine and entered it as the #39 Seymour Enterprises car for Don Brown and others in 1970 and 1971. Retired by Seymour in late 1971 and sold to an unknown owner in 1988 who sold it to Phil Gumpert (Noblesville, IN) in 1996. Restored by Roger Beck and Brian Stewart of Indianapolis. Still with Gumpert in 2006 but in 2008 Charley & Vera Lawrence were exhibiting a "1968" Gerhardt with Chevy engine but in the #26 livery of Rick Muther's 1969 Indy 500 entry. Despite its livery, the car was the shape of a 1966 Gerhardt but with the outboard springs that did not appear on Gerhardts until 1968. Offered at Kruse's Auburn Spring Car Auction in May 2009, where it was described it as a 1968 car, but did not sell. Later bought from Lawrence by Toney Edwards (Greenwood, Indiana) some time before May 2013.
  14. Vollstedt 67 ['B'] (Gordon Johncock): New for 1967 and run by Vollstedt Enterprises as the #21 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl in 1967 and 1968 with a 255 ci Ford quad cam engine. Driven by Jim Clark as the #21 Sperex entry at Riverside in November 1967. Acquired a turbo engine in late 1968 and continued to run as the #21 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl in 1969 and then as Vollstedt Enterprises' #21 car in 1970 and 1971. Raced by Gordon Johncock as the #7 on some occasions in 1971, and last seen with the team at Phoenix in November 1971 when it was raced by Wally Dallenbach. Sold to Art Sugai (Ontario, OR) and entered at Phoenix in November 1972 as the #17 East Side Special for Kenny Hamilton, but he slid into guard rail during practice and the car was heavily damaged. The remains went to local car builders Tom Fox and Ron Yurich in 1976 who intended to use it to build a Super Modified but it remained with them, still unrepaired, until 2007 when purchased from Yurich's son John by Michael McKinney (Kennewick WA) together with friends Ron Hjaltalin and Marc Prentice. The car was restored over the next few years and was run at Indianapolis in May 2011.
  15. Eagle 66 [203] (Johnny Rutherford): A customer car sold to John W. Klug (Newport Beach, CA) of Pacesetter Homes, fitted with a 255ci Ford V8 and entered at the 1966 Indy 500 as the #88 Bardahl-Pacesetter Homes Special for Jerry Grant to drive, with Roy Campbell as chief mechanic. Klug's USAC entry form identifies the car as chassis 203. Grant was dropped by AAR's team of Can-Am Lola T70s at the beginning of October 1966, and set up Friedkin Enterprises Racing Division with financial backing from his old friend Tom Friedkin (San Diego, CA), and with ex-AAR mechanics Larry Stellings and Larry Webb. The new operation had two Eagles, Grant's #88 Indy 500 car chassis 203 which Friedkin acquired from Klug and the former Yamaha #6 car of Joe Leonard, and acquired a new Lola T70 which Grant drove at Riverside in October, entered by Alan Green Chevrolet. Grant drove the #88 Eagle at Phoenix in November as a Bardahl entry and this is presumably the #78 Friedkin Enterprises entry for Grant at the 1967 Indy 500 and at road course events later in the season. It was entered by Friedkin Enterprises as the #76 for Jerry Titus at the 1968 Indy 500. No sign has been found of it racing again in 1968, but photographs show that this was the car used in the Universal Pictures film 'Winning', starring Paul Newman and filmed during the summer of 1968, where it appeared as the #42 car of Robert Wagner's character Luther Lou Erding. It was then sold to Jackson oilman Walt Michner for his Michner Petroleum team, and used by driver Johnny Rutherford as a backup to his 1967 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 'the AAR/Leonard car') 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. Advertised by Webster in December 1973 with a 1968 Eagle. Unknown until owned by Anthony Seibert (Boulder, CO) in May 1983. Reappeared when sold by Joseph D Lhotka, Trustee, Shawn S Trust (Westminster, CO) to Centennial Import Motor Co (Boulder, CO) in April 1987, and then sold almost immediately to Chuck Haines (Manchester, MO). Retained by Haines until 2005, when sold to Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) and restored to Rutherford #36 livery. Run at the Phillip Island Classic 2011 by Lewis, and displayed car at Indianapolis in 2017 and 2018. Sold to Bobby Rahal (Chicago, IL) in October 2018.
  16. McNamara 501 (Mario Andretti): The car used by Andretti at Phoenix and Trenton early in 1971 was a new McNamara 501, "to replace the one he wrote off in tire testing" (Auto Racing Phoenix report). It then became Steve Krisiloff's #20 car at the Indy 500 (source: Gerry Measures).
  17. Lola T153 2WD [SL153/6] (Mark Donohue): New to Roger Penske, and raced by Mark Donohue at the 1970 Indy 500 as the #66 Sunoco entry, finishing second, and at Ontario in September, where Donohue was an early retirement. Raced by Donohue at Phoenix and Trenton in early 1971 and then qualified by David Hobbs for the Indy 500, but crashed in the race. Entered at Pocono and Ontario as a backup, but not used. Sold to Leonard Faas, and entered as #112 by Faas at Phoenix in October 1971 for John Martin to race, but he did not start. Remained with Faas until sold to Chuck Haines in 1985. To John Darlington in June 2003, and restored. It ran in a demo at the Indy 500 in 2004, and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later that year.
  18. Eagle 68 [406] (Arnie Knepper): Roger Penske bought a road-racing version of the 1968 Indy Eagle and Mark Donohue raced it at Mosport and Riverside that season with a Chevrolet V8. It went to Weinberger Homes for 1969 and was driven at Indy by Ronnie Bucknum. It was then Arnie Knepper's car in 1971/72 and then became the famed LaWarre Precision Eagle entered by Robert W. LaWarre Sr (Titusville, FL) for Larry Rice and John Hubbard in 1974 and 1975. It was then retired but remained in LaWarre's ownership until his death in April 1997. It was bought by Joe Pirrotta (Palm City, FL) in 1999. The Eagle was fully restored to Penske livery and appeared at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2005.
  19. Colt 70 [001?] (Al Unser): A brand new car fabricated by George Bignotti's crew for 1970, and raced by Al Unser for Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford as the #2 Johnny Lightning 500 Special. Unser dominated the 1970 Indy 500 in this car, and he also raced it at four other races later in the season. This is believed to have been Unser's car for the early 1971 races, winning three of them. It was then the backup car that Unser drove at Pocono and Michigan in July, and at Milwaukee in August, where it was wrecked. The car was retired, restored to its 1970 colours and used as a show car, later spending many years in the VPJ Collection's private museum in Torrance, CA. It returned to the Speedway for a race day celebration in 2010, and was acquired by the IMS Museum in May 2012 together with the rest of the VPJ Collection.
  20. Kuzma-Kenyon 71 (Roger McCluskey): New for the 1970 Indianapolis 500, and fitted with a turbo Ford engine for Wally Dallenbach to use briefly in practice as Lindsey Hopkins' #6 Sprite entry. Chief mechanic Jack Beckley then left the team, and Don Kenyon took over his role. The #6 Kuzma was then presumably the car driven by Mel Kenyon at Michigan in July, and at Ontario in September. The #6 car then became Roger McCluskey's regular Kuzma-Ford during 1971, finishing third at Michigan in July, and second at Phoenix in October. McCluskey drove it at a few short track races in 1972, and it was also his unused spare car at the 1972 Indy 500.
  21. Eagle 68 [401] (John Mahler): Sold new to Lindsey Hopkins for Roger McCluskey to drive in 1968 as the #8 G. C. Murphy entry. McCluskey also drove Hopkins' older 1967 Eagle during the season and the '68 car was mainly used for road courses. McCluskey moved to AJ Foyt's team for 1969 and the activities of the Eagle for most of that season are unknown. It was raced by Wally Dallenbach as Hopkins' #22 Sprite entry at the Riverside 300 in December 1969, but was not retained as part of the Hopkins stable after that. John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) acquired the car, and it was his #100 Eagle-Chev in 1970 and early 1971. He retained it for 1972, racing it at Trenton in April and it was taken by Mahler to the 1972 Indy 500 as a backup. It was later the #34 rear-engined car used by Mahler in a Sprint Car race at Winchester Speedway (Indiana) in July 1973, and was raced by Gary Bettenhausen at Winchester in October 1973. Its next owner was Tom Brewer (Roanoke, IN) during whose ownership it is said to have raced at Winchester and Salem (Indiana). Later from Brewer to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) some time before 1998, but it is possible the car went via Robert Ames (Tigard, OR). Restored for Chuck by Walter Goodwin and appeared at the 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
  22. Colt 70 [002?] (Joe Leonard): A second 1970 Colt built for Joe Leonard to drive for Vel's Parnelli Jones Ford as the #15 Johnny Lightning 500 entry. Leonard only used the car at the Indy 500, Milwaukee in June which he won, and Ontario in September. As Al Unser didn't get his Colt 71 until the Indy 500, we can be confident that Leonard was also driving a Colt 70 in the early races of 1971, presumably his regular 1970 car. Leonard then used his new 1971 car at the Indy 500, at Milwaukee in June, and at Pocono, but at Michigan in August he was back to an older car, presumably this 1970 car. After damaging that car against the wall at Michigan, he was said to be driving Unser's 1970 short track car (i.e. an updated Lola) at Milwaukee in August before returning to his new 1971 car for the last three races of the season. Subsequent history unresolved.
  23. Hayhoe 68 (Billy Vukovich): One of two cars built by Hayhoe Racing Enterprises, this is the car entered as the #59 Cleaver Brooks Spl in 1968. Presumed for now to be the same car used as the #59 on the team's other appearances, but it is possible that the sister car (the #62 at the Indy 500) was used at some events that season. To 3-K Racing Enterprises for 1969 and entered as the #59 Krohne Grain Transport at the Indy 500, but again it is possible that the sister car (the #39 at the Indy 500) was substituted at later short track events. To Jerry O'Connell for 1970 and both cars were entered as Sugaripe Prune Spls at four races that year. Retained for 1971 when Jud Phillips joined as O'Connell's new chief mechanic and run for most of the year with this car now as the #32 Sugaripe Prune entry for Billy Vukovich. Unknown after 1971 but if this was the only survivor, it would be the car raced by Dave Bowling (San Jose, CA) in Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) Sprint Car Racing in Northern California in 1975. It would also be the basis of his "ecology car", raced in 1977, and probably his rear-engined car in 1974. In 2008 the car was for sale with Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO), restored to its 1971 #32 livery. By 2015, it had been sold to Jim Griggs (Panama City, FL).
  24. Gerhardt 69 (Bobby Allen): A Gerhardt wedge built for Grant King's STP-backed team for the 1969 season and raced by Art Pollard at the start of the season as the #20 STP Oil Treatment entry. Became the #57 at the Indy 500 where it was raced by Carl Williams. Won at Milwaukee in June in Pollard's hands. Fitted with a Plymouth stock block engine for road races and won again at Dover Downs in August. Retained for 1970 as part of Pollard's team and raced by Pollard as the #10 at Phoenix and by Greg Weld as the #93 at the Indy 500. Sold by Pollard later in the year to Roy 'Shorty' Emrich (Manchester, PA) who fitted a Chevrolet engine and ran it for local sprint car star Bobby Allen at Phoenix in November 1970. Emrich also ran the car a few times in 1971, and it appeared at Trenton in April 1972 for Dick Tobias, but failed to start . Later restored by Bill Smith and reunited with the Plymouth engine in the late 1980s when Smith persuaded Vince Granatelli to part with it. Was on display at the Eddie Evans Car Museum (Bedford, Indiana) around 2000. On display at the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, NE in 2012.
  25. Gerhardt 68/69 (Sammy Sessions): A late-1968-style Gerhardt that first appeared as part of the Federal Automotive team at the 1969 Indy 500 as the #31 Federal Engineering entry for Bobby Johns. Johns did not qualify and Bud Tingelstad took over the #31 for the rest of 1969. This car returned to Indy in 1970 as Federal's #31 Stearns Transi-Tread entry with Paul Brooks as chief crew for driver Jim Malloy who qualified. The 1969 car is presumed to be the #31 car from then 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).
  26. Vollstedt 67 ['A'] (Dick Simon): New for 1967 and run by Vollstedt Enterprises as the #17 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl in 1967 and 1968 with a 255 ci Ford quad cam engine. Appeared at Indy in 1969, now with a turbo Ford but still as the #17 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl. Dick Simon raced this car for the Vollstedt team at a few races late 1969 as the All Seasons Sports car and then acquired the car, which became his #44 entry in 1970 and then his #44 TraveLodge Sleeper backup in 1971. Retained as part of Simon's stable until the end of 1975 when it was sold to Art Sugai (Ontario, OR) and became his #90 Eastside Café entry for Frank Weiss in 1976. Sold in 1978 to Tom Black (Portland, OR) and Bob Ames and restored by them as the #21 ex-Jim Clark car after being incorrectly identified as that car by Rolla Vollstedt. Then to Don Mack and Hank Albers in 1979 and sold a year later via Eoin Young to Peter Briggs and put on display in his York Motor Museum in Western Australia. Offered for sale by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in August 2009 at which point it was correctly identified as the #17 car. Sold to Greg Smith in 2010.
  27. Gerhardt 66 (Rick Muther): New to Myron Caves, originally from Madison, Wisconsin and by 1966 a long-established Buick dealer in Gerhardt's home town of Fresno, CA. Fitted with a supercharged Offy and run for Mike McGreevy as the #85 Caves Buick Co. entry at the start of the season and also at Indy but despite the efforts of three drivers, it did not qualify. Presumably the same #85 Caves Buick Gerhardt-Offy SC driven principally by Al Miller through to the end of 1966, and at Phoenix in April 1967, where it was wrecked. Caves had a new Gerhardt for the 1967 Indy 500, but this 1966 car may have been repaired and retained as a short track car in 1967, 1968 and even 1969. Next seen when sold to Jack Adams who had entered a car at Indy in 1969 with a Bryant chassis and Allison helicopter turbine engine. The Gerhardt was rebuilt by chief crew Howard Millican to take the turbine and was practiced at Indy in 1970 by Jigger Sirois but could not find the speed to qualify. Raced by Rick Muther later in 1970, finishing eighth at Trenton, and in 1971. The chassis was sold to Mark Stainbrook in 1971 and he later sold it to Gary Bettenhausen. Subsequent history unknown.
  28. Finley (Jim Reynard): Jim Reynard (Chester, NY) appeared at a couple of east coast USAC races in 1969 with a car described as a Huffaker, and entered by Eastside Racers. He reappeared with what is assumed to be the same car in 1970 and 1971, still entered by Eastside Racers but with the car now identifed as a Finley and the car owner given as Helen Reynard. He either failed to qualify or failed to start at every race. Many years later, Richard Morrison (Salina, Kansas) acqured a 1964 Huffaker that still had Reynard's name on the bodywork. Morrison has identified as an ex-Vatis/Finley car. This must be one of the cars raced by the Vatis/Finley team from 1965 to 1968 but exactly which one is yet to be determined. Morrison has restored the car to Walt Hansgen's blue 1964 #53 livery.
  29. Morris Marauder (71) (David "Salt" Walther): According to Bob Sawicki who talked with Jeff Walther at the Walther Auction, the Walthers bought a car from George Morris for the 1970 season, and then had two more built for the 1971 season. The main 1971 car was the #77 entry at the 1971 Indy 500 and it is assumed that this car was used for the rest of 1971 and in early 1972. This car, still unrestored and carrying USAC tag "#C-71 177", was sold at auction at Auburn in June 2012 to Doug Winslow (Cleveland, OH). Sold in July 2015 to Mark Klingerman (Bourbon, IN) and Gary Berkey (Warsaw, IN). Restored and appeared at the Historic Indycar Exhibition in May 2016 and in May 2017.

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' original 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, Formula and On Track magazines, USAC News, National Speed Sport News and other published sources. Gerry Measures has also provided much information from his files as have others on TNF and Trackforum. Since 2009, the work of Simmo Iskül and others identifying cars from period photographs has has moved this research forward significantly.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

As well as the original information from Phil Harms via Michael Ferner, qualifying times were added from Autoweek (kindly provided by Gerry Meaures). Entry list from The Morning News (Wilmington, Delaware) 24 Apr 1971 p43.