Jimmy Bryan 150
Phoenix International Raceway, 27 Mar 1971
|1||Al Unser||Colt 70 [001?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#1 Johnny Lightning 500 [Vel's Parnelli Jones]
(see note 1)
|150||1h 20m 40.22s
|2||Bobby Unser||Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#2 The Available Eagle [AAR] (see note 2)
|3||Swede Savage||Eagle 70  - Offy 159 ci turbo
#42 Olsonite [Oscar Olson-AAR] (see note 3)
|4||Joe Leonard||Colt 70 [002?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#15 Johnny Lightning 500 [Vel's Parnelli Jones]
(see note 4)
|5||Lloyd Ruby||Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#12 Gene White Firestone (see note 5)
|6||Mark Donohue||Lola T153 2WD [SL153/6] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#68 Sunoco [Roger Penske] (see note 6)
|7||Wally Dallenbach||Kuzma-Kenyon 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#22 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins] (see note 7)
|8||Gordon Johncock||Vollstedt 67 ['B'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#7 Jewett Cameron Lumber [Rolla Vollstedt]
(see note 8)
|9||Mario Andretti||McNamara 501 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#5 STP Oil Treatment [Andy Granatelli]
(see note 9)
|10||Mike Mosley||Eagle 68 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#4 G. C. Murphy [Leader Card/AJ Watson]
(see note 10)
|11||Jim Malloy||Morris 69 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#29 MVS [Stan Malless, Bob Voigt and Dick Sommers]
(see note 11)
|12||Dick Simon||Lola T152 2WD [SL150/3?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#10 TraveLodge Sleeper [Dick Simon]
(see note 12)
|13||Cale Yarborough||Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#21 Gene White Firestone (see note 13)
|14||Bob Harkey||Gerhardt 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#99 Joe Hunt Magneto [Joseph B. Hunt]
(see note 14)
|15||Dee Jones||Watson 65 - Ford
#51 Minnesota Serendipity [Pat O'Reilly]
(see note 15)
|16||Bentley Warren||Finley 68/69 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#94 Classic Car Wax [Vatis Enterprises]
|17||AJ Foyt||Coyote 70 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#9 ITT-Thompson [AJ Foyt] (see note 16)
|18||George Snider||Morris Marauder (71) - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#77 George Walther (see note 17)
|19||Denny Zimmerman||Vollstedt 66  - Offy 159 ci turbo
#43 Fiore Racing Enterprises [Frank J Fiore]
(see note 18)
|85||broken water pump||$987|
|20||Gary Bettenhausen||Gerhardt 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#16 Thermo-King [Don Gerhardt]
|49||fire in pits||$987|
|21||Johnny Rutherford||Eagle 66  - Offy 159 ci turbo
#18 Michner Petroleum (see note 19)
|22||Roger McCluskey||Kuzma-Kenyon 70 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#6 Sprite [Lindsey Hopkins] (see note 20)
|23||Bill Simpson||Eagle 67  - Offy 159 ci turbo
#28 Wynn's Kwik Kool [Bill Simpson]
(see note 21)
|24||Art Pollard||Scorpion 70 ['2'?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#8 Gilmore Racing [Clint Brawner]
(see note 22)
|DNS||Rick Muther||Gerhardt 66 - Allison 250 turbine
#54 Jack Adams Aircraft [Jack Adams]
(see note 23)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Ralph Liguori||Epperly 69 roadster - Offy 159 ci turbo
#89 Maxson 89 Spl [Darwin Maxson]
(see note 24)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Bruce Walkup||Wolverine 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#98 Agajanian Faas Special (see note 25)
|Did not start|
|DNSC||Danny Ongais||Eagle 69  - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#92 Shelby Performance Spl. [Shelby-Dowd]
(see note 26)
|Did not start (crashed)|
|1||Bobby Unser||Eagle 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo||27.21s (132.201 mph)|
|2||Johnny Rutherford||Eagle 66  - Offy 159 ci turbo||27.86s (129.218 mph)|
|3||Al Unser||Colt 70 [001?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||27.88s (129.152 mph)|
|4||Gary Bettenhausen||Gerhardt 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo||27.92s (128.940 mph)|
|5||AJ Foyt||Coyote 70 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||27.96s (128.765 mph)|
|6||Swede Savage||Eagle 70  - Offy 159 ci turbo||28.00s (128.577 mph)|
|7||Mike Mosley||Eagle 68 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.16s (127.841 mph)|
|8||Mario Andretti||McNamara 501 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.21s (127.614 mph)|
|9||Mark Donohue||Lola T153 2WD [SL153/6] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.22s (127.569 mph)|
|10||Art Pollard||Scorpion 70 ['2'?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.31s (127.164 mph)|
|11||Joe Leonard||Colt 70 [002?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.35s (126.984 mph)|
|12||Wally Dallenbach||Kuzma-Kenyon 70 - Offy 159 ci turbo||28.38s (126.850 mph)|
|13||Cale Yarborough||Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.40s (126.761 mph)|
|14||Roger McCluskey||Kuzma-Kenyon 70 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.43s (126.627 mph)|
|15||Jim Malloy||Morris 69 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.48s (126.404 mph)|
|16||Lloyd Ruby||Mongoose 71 - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.52s (126.227 mph)|
|17||Gordon Johncock||Vollstedt 67 ['B'] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.60s (125.874 mph)|
|18||Denny Zimmerman||Vollstedt 66  - Offy 159 ci turbo||28.70s (125.130 mph)|
|19||Dee Jones||Watson 65 - Ford||28.85s (124.873 mph)|
|20||George Snider||Morris Marauder (71) - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||28.93s (124.438 mph)|
|21||Bill Simpson||Eagle 67  - Offy 159 ci turbo||28.95s (124.352 mph)|
|22||Bob Harkey||Gerhardt 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo||29.03s (124.010 mph)|
|23||Bentley Warren||Finley 68/69 - Offy 159 ci turbo||29.03s (124.010 mph)|
|24||Dick Simon||Lola T152 2WD [SL150/3?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8||29.30s (122.867 mph)|
Notes on the cars:
- 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, Michigan and Milwaukee, and was wrecked at the latter race. 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.
- Eagle 70 (Bobby Unser): New for Dan Gurney as the #48 AAR entry at Indianapolis in 1970. Raced again by Gurney at Ontario but wrecked. Then for Bobby Unser when he joined AAR from Leader Card Racers and raced at Phoenix again as the #48. Used by Unser as the #2 entry at the opening few races of 1971. Subsequent history unknown but such a car, wearing #10, was for sale in San Diego about 1990 when it was claimed to be chassis 805. Also, a 1970 Eagle in Gurney's #48 livery was in a private Southern California collection around 2001. In April 2009, a restored car in the same livery was on display at the Riverside International Auto Museum. Nothing more known.
- Eagle 70  (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. Reports suggest that the car was comprehensively destroyed in the accident, but somehow a car was later advertised as Savage's Phoenix winner, and its chassis number was given in the advert as 801.
- 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 at Milwaukee in August before returning to his new 1971 car for the last three races of the season. This 1970 car was sold to Salt Walther for 1972, although it was described then as a 1970 Lola, and he raced it briefly in the Indy 500 before totalling it in a pre-race crash with Lloyd Ruby at Michigan in July. It is the only one of the five PJ Colts built in 1970 and 1971 that has not survived.
- Mongoose 71 (Lloyd Ruby): New for Lloyd Ruby in 1971 as the Gene White team's #12 car but "abandoned by after that years'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".
- 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.
- Kuzma-Kenyon 70 (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 three times. He then crashed the car during practice at Phoenix in October 1971, and the car was "badly damaged". Not seen again.
- 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. Last seen at Phoenix in November 1971 when it was raced by Wally Dallenbach. Reported to have been sold to Art Sugai (Ontario, OR) and crashed by Kenny Hamilton in practice at Phoenix in November 1972 but confirmation of that has not yet been found. The crashed car went to local car builders Tom Fox and Ron Yurich in 1976 with the intention of making 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.
- 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).
- Eagle 68 (Mike Mosley): 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. It seems likely that its first appearance within the Leader Card team was at Ontario in September 1970 when it was driven by Steve Krisiloff as the #86 Wagner-Lockheed car. Presumably it would then 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. This car was raced by George Snider at the Indy 500 and through the 1971 season until Mosley returned in November. Then for Mosley in early 1972 and at the Indy 500 when he again crashed. Then raced by Rick Muther until Mosley again returned from his injuries in September. Raced by Mosley again at Trenton in early 1973, by Johnny Parsons Jr at Milwaukee and by Tom Sneva at Ontario. Retained by the Wilke family.
- Morris 69 (Jim Malloy): 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'. The Cecil was sold off by the team and survives to the present day, but the subsequent history of the Morris remains unknown.
- Lola T152 2WD [SL150/3?] (Dick Simon): New to Roger Penske, in December 1968 according to Lola records, although it has been claimed that Penske's car was a rebuild of a car that raced some time in 1968. The car would be driven by Mark Donohue, who was also driving Penske's Lola T70 in sports car racing, and both Lolas used Chevrolet engines. The T150 did not run at the Indy 500, where Donohue used a brand new T152 instead, and was a non-starter at IRP in July. Donohue was seventh and fourth in two races at Brainerd in September, but retired at Seattle and Riverside. The car was fitted with a turbo Ford for testing at the start of 1970, but used a Chevrolet engine when raced at Sears Point and IRP. Sold to Dick Simon for 1971, and raced with a turbo Ford engine as the #10 TraveLodge Sleeper entry. Also used at Milwaukee in August 1972, when Simon focused on his new 1972 Peat-Lola, and possibly at other short track events. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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.
- Gerhardt 68 (Bob Harkey): A new 1968 Gerhardt built for Mel Kenyon after his City of Lebanon 1967 Gerhardt was wrecked at Milwaukee in June 1968. This car had the same overall shape as the early-season 1968 cars but had outboard front suspension. Entered as the #15 in 1968, becoming #9 Krohne Grain Transport Spl at the 1969 Indy 500 where Kenyon finished in a fine fourth place. Driven by Sonny Ates as the #59 at Trenton later that year and by Kenyon at both Milwaukee races. This car 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 was then replaced by an ex-Bettenhausen 1968 Gerhardt, but may have continued in use as a short track car. Hunt died in June 1985, and about a year later both Gerhardts were sold by his widow Mary to Jack Thompson (Doylestown, PA).
- Watson 65 (Dee Jones): Built new by AJ Watson for Don Branson to race in 1965 for the Leader Card team as the #4 Wynn's entry. Fitted with a Ford V8 with Jud Philips as chief mechanic. "Written off while tyre testing at the Speedway" (Wallen p309) in late June or early July 1965 but evidently survived as sold to Walter J. Flynn and entered for Ralph Liguori as the #35 Enterprise Machine Spl in 1966 and 1967. Unknown in 1968 but returned in 1969 owned by John Gavin (Winona, Minnesota), Patrick O'Reilly (Lake Crystal, Minnesota) and Mike DeMulling (St Paul, Minnesota) and entered as the Minnesota Serendipity. Appeared with ever decreasing regularity over the next four seasons, and last seen for sure at Milwaukee in August 1972, after which O'Reilly bought a 1971 Mongoose. The Watson was used to test an engine built by Ted Blair (North Hampton, MA) in 1973 and then sold to Blair. Passed on to his sons until sold to Don Danville (Storrs Mansfield, CT) in late 1977 and stored by him until 1990. To Walter Turell (North Easton, MA) 1990, then Harry Woodward (Camilla, GA) 1991 and Thomas W. Acker (Dunnellon, FL). Cleaned up by Acker and stored until sold to William Davis (Ortonville, MI) in 2000. Fully restored by William & Sharon Davis up to 2010 and appeared at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Appeared at a parade at the Pocono 500 in July 2014.
- Coyote 70 (AJ Foyt): New for AJ Foyt at the 1970 Indy 500 as the #7 Sheraton-Thompson entry. Also raced by Foyt at Milwaukee in June, but he used an older 1969 car on short tracks later in the season. Believed to have been Foyt's car at Ontario and Phoenix later in the season. It was then retained for short tracks in 1971, so was probably Foyt's car again at Phoenix in early 1971. It was also his car at Michigan in July and probably at other tracks. In 1972, the car was sold to Lee Brayton, to replace the 1969 car that he had wrecked in Indy 500 practice. Raced by Brayton later in 1972, at one race in early 1973, and even at two raced in early 1975. It was eventually acquired from Brayton by a sponsor, Harry Oppenhuizen, and was sold by Oppenhuizen to Bill Wiswedel in 1988. Owned by Wiswedel and then his son, also named Bill, ever since.
- Morris Marauder (71) (George Snider): 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.
- Vollstedt 66  (Denny Zimmerman): Built for 1966 and raced by Billy Foster as the #27 Jim Robbins entry. Retained for 1967 and intended to be raced by Lucien Bianchi in 1967 but borrowed by Mario Andretti for the opening race of the 1967 season, only to crash it in practice. Bianchi was later bumped at the Indy 500. Raced by Jim Malloy for the rest of 1967 and for occasional races in 1968 and 1969. To Frank J Fiore's Fiore Racing Enterprises for 1970 and raced as the #43 by Bob DeJong and then in 1971 by Denny Zimmerman. Later entered by Fiore as the #43 again for Al Loquasto in 1972, Jerry Karl and Bob Harkey in 1973, and Karl Busson in 1974. Later sold by Fiore and the car passed through several collectors until purchased by the Fiore family in 2001. Fiore died in 2007 but his son Frank Fiore Jr (Dallastown, PA) continued with the car's long-term restoration. The car appeared in public for the first time in 45 years at the Vintage Celebration at Pocono Raceway in August 2017.
- Eagle 66  (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 (Houston, TX) 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. Advertised by Webster in December 1973 with a 1968 Eagle. Unknown until 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 in October 2018.
- Kuzma-Kenyon 70 (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.
- 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. Sold to Marv Carman (Union City, Michigan) and turned into a supermodified, but at some point the car was very badly damaged in a workshop fire. The remains of the car were acquired by Richard Bible and they were stored until 2008, when bought by Indycar collector Bill Wiswedel (Holland, Michigan). In 2012, Wiswedel sold the fire-damaged tub and its surviving components to Justin Gurney, son of Dan Gurney and then CEO of AAR. He sent the tub to John Mueller and Jerry Wise of Entrepreneur's Motor Sports (Fresno, CA), who built a completely new car to take its place, there being no part of the damaged tub that was usuable. The new car was unveiled on Dan Gurney's 84th birthday in April 2015.
- 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.
- 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.
- Epperly 69 roadster (Ralph Liguori): One of the very last front-engined cars built for Indianapolis, the #89 Maxson Special was built by Quin Epperly (Gardena, CA) who had helped fabricate the George Salih laydown roadster with which Sam Hanks and Jimmy Bryan won the 1957 and 1958 Indy 500s. The car was described as being of monocoque construction with the engine to the left of the driver's legs. Rear suspension followed De Dion principles, the engine was of course a turbo Offy, and a Hewland transmission was used. It was commissioned by Darwin Maxson (Downey, CA), who entered it at the 1969 Indy 500 for short track racer George Benson (Campbell, CA) to drive, but the car was completed too late for Benson to start his rookie test. Benson gave it its race debut at Milwaukee a week later, and Bruce Walkup took it to a surprisingly competent eighth place at Phoenix in November. George Snider bettered that with a seventh place finish, again at Phoenix, in March 1970. The car was present at the Ontario Motor Speedway in September 1970 for Denny Zimmerman to drive, but he failed to pass his refresher test, and the Maxson Spl remained unused. It appeared in Racing Pictorial's review of the March 1971 Phoenix event, but was not mentioned in the results. Subsequent history unknown.
- Wolverine 70 (Bruce Walkup): Built new by Don Edmunds for Denny Zimmerman to drive at the 1970 Indy 500, entered by Agajanian-Faas Racers (veteran promotor J.C. Agajanian and his new partner, payday loans mogul Leonard Faas) as the Wynn's Spitfire. The car did not go well during practice, and Zimmerman did not make a qualifying attempt. 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 despte a succession of drivers during Indy practice month, no attempt was made to qualify. It was not seen again, and Faas bought a Lola T153 from Roger Penske. Subsequent history unknown.
- Eagle 69  (Danny Ongais): New for Dan Gurney to race at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 as the #48 Olsonite entry, fitted with a 318 ci Gurney Weslake Ford stock block V8. Finished 2nd at Indy and presumably the car in which Gurney finished 2nd at Continental Divide, 1st at Indianapolis Raceway Park, 1st and 2nd at Brainerd and 1st at Sears Point at the start of the 1970 season. Sold to Carroll Shelby to run for drag racing champion Danny Ongais at the Indy 500 in 1971, but after Ongais crashed the car at Phoenix in March, he stepped down. Jerry Grant took over the drive and qualified the car at Indy, only to be bumped from the field. Raced by Jim Malloy at two races later in 1971. Apparently not used again as the Norris Industries livery still visible on the unrestored car in Walter Goodwin's workshop in 2014.
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.
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). Information on three non-staters has come from the Spring 1971 edition of Racing Pictorial. The report in Auto Racing has provided further information on the model of some leading cars.