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SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship Round

Watkins Glen, 11 Jul 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alan Jones March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8
#64 Theodore Racing Hong Kong, Dublin, Ireland
(see note 1)
30 1:07.50.328
89.6 mph
2 Al Unser Lola T332 ['K1'] - Chevrolet V8
30 1:07.57.230
3 Warwick Brown Lola T332C [HU55] - Chevrolet V8
30 1:08.04.365
4 Brett Lunger Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing Ltd, St Louis, Mo.
29
5 Horst Kroll Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#37 Horst Kroll Racing, West-Hill, Ontario
29
6 Brian Redman Lola T332C [HU56] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl A. Haas Racing Teams Tld., Highland Park, Ill.
28
7 Peter Gethin Lola T430 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
Racing Team V.D.S., Belgium (see note 2)
28
8 Arlon J. Koops Lola T330 [HU20] - Chevrolet V8
27
9 Danny Ongais Lola T332C [HU60] - Chevrolet V8
#63 Interscope Racing Inc., Costa Mesa, Calif
27
10 Bob Nagel Lola T332 [HU33] - Chevrolet V8
#75 Nagel Racing, Library, PA
26
11 Skeeter McKitterick Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8
#30 AME Racing, Sun Valley, Calif.
25
12 Randy Lewis Lola T332 [HU39] - Chevrolet V8
#28 Randy Lewis, Los Altos, Calif.
24
13 Jackie Oliver Shadow DN6B - Dodge V8
22 engine failure
14 Peter Papke Eagle 74A [003] - Chevrolet V8
#72 One Way Racing, Los Angeles, Calif. ('Eagle 004')
20 retired - unknown
15 John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
19 accident
16 Vern Schuppan Eagle 755 [01] - Chevrolet V8
#48 Jorgensen
retired - unknown
17 Bert Kuehne Lola T300 [HU10] - Chevrolet V8
#16 Auburn Duesenberg of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
17 mechanical
18 Teddy Pilette Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Racing Team V.D.S., Belgium (see note 3)
14 engine failure
19 John David Briggs Lola T332 [HU50] - Chevrolet V8
#71 Tropicana & Briggs & Fodge Racing, San Carlos, Calif.
11 off course
20 John Morton Lance LSR1 - Chevrolet V8
#11 Ecurie d'Etoile, Whittier, Calif.
10 suspension
21 John Cannon March 73A/751 ["75AM"] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Anglo-American Racing, Hollywood, Calif.
0 electrical
DNSF Evan Noyes Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8
#24 Evan Noyes, Jr
Did not start final
DNQH Dick Messier Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8
#36 not stated
Did not qualify from heats
(11th in Heat 1)
DNS Andy Ratcliffe Lance LSR1 - Chevrolet V8
#11 Ecurie d'Etoile, Whittier, Calif.
Did not start
DNS John Benton Lola T330 [HU26] - Chevrolet V8
#22 Formula Magazine, Santa Ana, Calif.
Did not start
(appears only on starting grid handout)
DNS Robert E. Dugo Chinook LD1 - Chevrolet V8
#57 Robert E. Dugo, Bath, NY
Did not start
DNS Bruce Allison Lola T332 [HU37] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Theodore Racing Hong Kong, Dublin, Ireland
Did not start
T/HC Peter Gethin Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team V.D.S., Belgium (see note 4)
(Crashed in heat)
T Brian Redman Lola T430 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
Carl A. Haas Racing Teams Tld., Highland Park, Ill.
(see note 5)
(Only used in practice)
T Danny Ongais Lola T332 [HU54] - Chevrolet V8
Interscope Racing Inc., Costa Mesa, Calif ('#63T T332C')
(see note 6)
(Only used in practice)
T/C Alan Jones Lola T332 [HU37] - Chevrolet V8
Theodore Racing Hong Kong, Dublin, Ireland
(Crashed in practice)
UNKE Steve "Yogi" Behr Lola T330 [HU19] - AMC V8
#70 Big Apple Racing, New York City, NY
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Brian Redman1017:42.0114.47 mph
2Danny Ongais1017:45.7
3Warwick Brown1017:46.2
4Brett Lunger1017:53.5
5John Gunn1018:18.0
6John Cannon1018:26.5
7Bob Nagel1018:39.8
8Horst Kroll1019:06.4
9Randy Lewis9
10Arlon J. Koops9
11Dick MessierRetired
12Vern Schuppan1fuel pump
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Al Unser1017:36.9
2Alan Jones1017:45.0
3Teddy Pilette1018:01.8
4John David Briggs1018:57.9
5Evan NoyesRetired
6John MortonRetired
7Peter Gethin5crashed
8Jackie Oliverfuel pressure
9Skeeter McKitterickRetired
Peter PapkeDid not start
Robert E. DugoDid not start
Bert KuehneDid not start
Qualifying
1 Al Unser (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 ['K1'] - Chevrolet V8 1:42.5
2 Brian Redman (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU56] - Chevrolet V8 1:42.5
3 Jackie Oliver (F5000) 5-litre Shadow DN6B - Dodge V8 1:44.1
4 Warwick Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU55] - Chevrolet V8 1:44.1
5 Danny Ongais (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C [HU60] - Chevrolet V8 1:44.9
6 Alan Jones (F5000) 5-litre March 76A [2] - Chevrolet V8 1:45.1
7 Brett Lunger (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8 1:45.1
8 Peter Gethin * (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B37 [37-76-01] - Chevrolet V8 1:45.3
9 John Cannon (F5000) 5-litre March 73A/751 ["75AM"] - Chevrolet V8 1:46.2
10 Teddy Pilette (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 1:46.4
11 Vern Schuppan (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 755 [01] - Chevrolet V8 1:46.9
12 Evan Noyes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8 1:47.0
13 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8 1:47.2
14 Skeeter McKitterick (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU29] - Chevrolet V8 1:48.2
15 Bob Nagel (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU33] - Chevrolet V8 1:50.3
16 John David Briggs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU50] - Chevrolet V8 1:50.9
17 Horst Kroll (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU15] - Chevrolet V8 1:54.3
18 Andy Ratcliffe * (F5000) 5-litre Lance LSR1 - Chevrolet V8 1:58.9
19 Dick Messier (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24/B28 - Chevrolet V8 2:04.4
20 Peter Papke (F5000) 5-litre Eagle 74A [003] - Chevrolet V8 2:12.1
21 Arlon J. Koops (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU20] - Chevrolet V8 2:18.2
22 Robert E. Dugo * (F5000) 5-litre Chinook LD1 - Chevrolet V8 2:20.2
23 Randy Lewis (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU39] - Chevrolet V8 No time
24 Bert Kuehne (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU10] - Chevrolet V8 No time
- Bruce Allison * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU37] - Chevrolet V8 1:45.7
- John Benton * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU26] - Chevrolet V8 1:53.2
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76A [2] (Alan Jones): For Doug Shierson using monocoque 'M76A:01' and gearbox DG300-445 and fitted with 5-litre Bartz-Chevrolet for US F5000 series. Run by Sid Taylor and driven by Alan Jones. First run at Silverstone 9 Jun 1976. Jones won on his debut at Watkins Glen on 11 Jul but drove a Lola T332C at the next race and the March was handed over to Bruce Allison, who failed to start. The car reappeared back in Shierson's possession at Riverside on 17 Oct, driven by Maurizio Flammini. The Italian qualified 13th but retired early from both his heat and the final with mechanical problems. To Dean Dietrich: raced in Can-Am 1978 (4 races); Can-Am 1979 (4 races). Dean recalls selling the car to someone in Texas but does not remember the name. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Lola T430 [HU2] (Peter Gethin): VDS spare car US 1976 (raced by Peter Gethin: 3 races; Warwick Brown: 2 races); VDS for Warwick Brown Australian Internationals 1977 (won at Oran Park and Surfers Paradise, crashed in practice at Sandown Park, second at Adelaide) - Alan Hamilton (Australia): Australian Gold Star 1977 (debut R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977); Australian Internationals 1978 (driven by Derek Bell at Oran Park); crashed at Australian GP 1978 and broken in half. All the surviving running gear from the wreck stayed with HU1 through various owners until reaching David Abbott in New Zealand in 2005. Over the next two years David, with Alan Hamilton's agreement, recreated this car and it first ran, with Hamilton driving, at Christchurch in October 2007. Raced by Abbott in the Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival at the Australian GP meeting 28 Mar 2009.
  3. Lola T430 [HU1] (Teddy Pilette): VDS for Teddy Pilette US 1976 (6 races; best result 3rd at R3 Mosport Park 20 Jun); used as spare car to Brown's HU2 in Australian Internationals 1977 - Alan Hamilton (Australia): used as spare car; maybe Jon Davison's car Australian Gold Star 1977 (R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977 only). Built up after Hamilton's crash at the 1978 Australian GP and raced by Alfredo Costanzo: Australian Gold Star 1978; Australian Internationals 1979 (won at Sandown Park, Adelaide, third at Surfers Paradise, fifth at Oran Park - WON CHAMPIONSHIP); Australian Gold Star 1979 (won at Sandown 9 Sep); Australian Gold Star 1980 (won at Sandown 14 Sep and Winton 26 Oct); Australian GP 1980 (4th) - Bob Minogue: Australian Gold Star 1981, Arco Graphic 1981/82. Minogue still holds several lap records in Australia, including the Sandown International circuit record for F5000, set on 2 Mar 1986 and the Historic F5000 record at Winton on 30 May 1993. Subsequently sold to Gavin Bain, then to Graham Cameron, who raced it at Historic Sandown in 2000. To David Abbott (Christchurch, NZ) by 2002, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival regularly from 2003 to 2008, when Abbott moved over to his newly rebuilt HU2. Then raced by Ken Smith in the series from 2008 to 2010.
  4. Chevron B37 [37-76-01] (Peter Gethin): To VDS Racing and entered for Peter Gethin in the 1976 US F5000 series (also raced once by Teddy Pilette) and in the Rothmans series in Australia in early 1977. To Bruce Allison (Brisbane, Australia) and raced by him in the 1977 UK Group 8 Championship and in the Rothmans series again in Australia in early 1978. Then to Ivan Tighe (Brisbane) and raced in national Australian F5000 and in the International series in 1979. Raced by Tighe up to the end of F5000 in Australia in 1982 and retained by him until 2001. Then sold via Race Car Warehouse (Brighton, England) in early 2002 to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) and completely restored. Raced with great success by Hadfield in historic racing both in the UK and in Australia from 2004 to 2008. It has since been raced by guest drivers, including Tony Trimmer at Oulton Park in 2009, Marcus Pye at Oulton Park in 2010 and Ben Anderson at the 2012 Silverstone Classic. Sold in October 2014 to Neil Glover (Ansty, West Sussex).
  5. Lola T430 [HU3] (Brian Redman): Haas Racing spare car for Brian Redman US 1976 (qualified 4th at Road America but not raced during the season). Duane Smith (Milwaukee, WI) and used in SCCA Formula A in 1978. Converted to Can-Am specification and raced in a handful of Can-Am races in 1979 and 1980 by James Woodruff (Ravenna, OH), better known as guitar maker "Woody James", who died in 2015. The car evidently returned to Duane Smith, as it was sold by him to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in 1988. To Todd Stewart (Christchurch, NZ) late 2002 and won on its historic racng debut in the 2003/04 F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series race at Sandown Park Nov 2003.
  6. Lola T332 [HU54] (Danny Ongais): Thought to be the F5000 Lola T332 chassis bought by Interscope Racing for Danny Ongais to replace the car damaged by Ongais at Riverside 1975. Then the T332-spec spare car used by Ongais alongside his new T332C in the US series in 1976. The spare car was "comprehensively written off" in practice at Elkhart Lake but may well have been repaired. This is believed to be the car deposited in the Justice Brothers Museum some time between 1977 and 1980 by Ed O'Brien. It remained in the museum until 2010 when acquired by Ken Smith (Auckland, New Zealand), his chief crew Barry Miller and Phil Richardson. Raced in the 2011/12 F5000 Tasman Revival series but Smith crashed heavily at its second race. Rebuilt with a new monocoque, and raced in the series every season from 2012/13 to 2017/18.

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.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

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