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Phoenix 150

Phoenix International Raceway, 9 Nov 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 AJ Foyt Coyote 75 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#14 Gilmore Racing [Foyt Enterprises]
150 1h 21m 02.450s
2 Tom Sneva McLaren M16C [4] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#68 Norton Spirit [Penske Racing]
(see note 1)
150 Finished
3 Mario Andretti Eagle 74 [7407] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#12 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
(see note 2)
149 Flagged
4 Billy Vukovich Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#6 Cobre Tire [Fletcher Racing Team]
(see note 3)
149 Flagged
5 Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] - Cosworth DFX V8
#4 Viceroy [Vel's Parnelli Jones]
149 Flagged
6 Gary Bettenhausen Eagle 72 [7209?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#46 Thermo King [Don Gerhardt] (see note 4)
149 Flagged
7 Jim McElreath Eagle 72 [7202] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#76 Webster Racing [Marvin Webster]
(see note 5)
144 Flagged
8 Duane "Pancho" Carter Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#11 Cobre Tire [Fletcher Racing Team]
(see note 6)
144 Flagged
9 Bill Puterbaugh Eagle 72 [7226] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#78 Alex Foods [Alex Morales] (see note 7)
143 Flagged
10 Lloyd Ruby Eagle 74 [7411?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#7 American Industries (see note 8)
135 Flagged
11 Johnny Rutherford McLaren M16C [5] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#2 Gatorade [McLaren Cars] (see note 9)
130 Broken piston
12 Wally Dallenbach Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#40 Sinmast [Patrick Racing] (see note 10)
113 Spun out
13 Dick Simon Eagle 72 [7212] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#44 Bruce Cogle Ford [Dick Simon]
(see note 11)
107 Flagged
14 Spike Gehlhausen Kingfish 72 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#38 Holiday Inn Racers [Carl Gehlhausen]
(see note 12)
100 Lost oil pressure
15 Bob Harkey Vollstedt 73 [13] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#27 Day/Night Payne Heat/Cool [Vollstedt Enterprises]
(see note 13)
93 Engine
16 Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#86 Frostie Root Beer [Al Loquasto Sr.]
(see note 14)
74 Clutch
17 John Martin Eagle 73 [7302?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#99 Joe Hunt Magneto [Joe Hunt]
(see note 15)
73 Oil leak
18 Roger McCluskey Riley 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#15 Silver Floss Sauerkraut [Lindsey Hopkins]
(see note 16)
65 Piston
19 Tom Bigelow Vollstedt 72/75 [12] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#17 Day/Night Payne Heat/Cool [Vollstedt Enterprises]
(see note 17)
55 Turbocharger
20 Steve Krisiloff Eagle 72 [7221] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#10 Lodestar [Leader Card] (see note 18)
46 Engine vibration
21 Eldon Rasmussen RasCar-Atlanta 74 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#58 Bay State Racing [Eldon Rasmussen]
32 Wrecked
22 Larry Dickson Eagle 70 - Chevrolet Moser
#65 City of Syracuse [Patrick Santello]
(see note 19)
12 Engine Vibration
23 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#20 Sinmast [Patrick Racing] (see note 20)
11 Wrecked
24 Tom Frantz Peat-Lola - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#96 Spirit of Idaho [Tom Frantz]
(see note 21)
9 Water leak
DNSC Billy Scott Eagle 72 [7219] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#28 Spirit of Public Enterprise [Warner Hodgdon]
(see note 22)
Did not start (crashed)
DNQ John Hubbard Eagle 68 [406] - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#22 Lawarre Precision [Robert Lawarre]
(see note 23)
Did not qualify
DNQ Ken Nichols Fiore Spyder - Offy 159 ci turbo
#43 Fiore Spider
Did not qualify
DNQ Jerry Grant Eagle 74 [7306] - AMC 209 ci turbo V8
#73 Spirit of Orange County [Fred W. Carrillo]
(see note 24)
Did not qualify
DNQ Jack Owens Coyote 71 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#81 Dewco Construction (see note 25)
Did not qualify
DNQ Johnny Parsons Jr Eagle 72 [7228] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#93 (see note 26)
Did not qualify
UNKE C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr Atlanta 72 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#47 Viking I (see note 27)
On entry list
UNKE John Martin McLaren M16B/A [B-3/A-2] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#89 Unsponsored [John Martin] (see note 28)
On entry list
DNA David "Salt" Walther McLaren M16C [2] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#33 Dayton-Walther [George Walther]
(see note 29)
Did not arrive
Qualifying
1 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
2 Johnny Rutherford McLaren M16C [5] - Offy 159 ci turbo
3 Mario Andretti Eagle 74 [7407] - Offy 159 ci turbo
4 Wally Dallenbach Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
5 AJ Foyt Coyote 75 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
6 Lloyd Ruby Eagle 74 [7411?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
7 Tom Sneva McLaren M16C [4] - Offy 159 ci turbo
8 Gary Bettenhausen Eagle 72 [7209?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
9 Roger McCluskey Riley 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
10 Duane "Pancho" Carter Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
11 Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] - Cosworth DFX V8
12 Dick Simon Eagle 72 [7212] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
13 Billy Vukovich Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
14 Steve Krisiloff Eagle 72 [7221] - Offy 159 ci turbo
15 Tom Bigelow Vollstedt 72/75 [12] - Offy 159 ci turbo
16 Bill Puterbaugh Eagle 72 [7226] - Offy 159 ci turbo
17 Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
18 Jim McElreath Eagle 72 [7202] - Offy 159 ci turbo
19 Eldon Rasmussen RasCar-Atlanta 74 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
20 Spike Gehlhausen Kingfish 72 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
21 Bob Harkey Vollstedt 73 [13] - Offy 159 ci turbo
22 Larry Dickson Eagle 70 - Chevrolet Moser
23 John Martin Eagle 73 [7302?] - Offy 159 ci turbo finished 1st in conso
24 Tom Frantz Peat-Lola - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 finished 2nd in conso
25 Jerry Grant * Eagle 74 [7306] - AMC 209 ci turbo V8 DNS in conso
26 John Hubbard * Eagle 68 [406] - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
27 Jack Owens * Coyote 71 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
28 Ken Nichols * Fiore Spyder - Offy 159 ci turbo
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M16C [4] (Tom Sneva): The history of this car in 1973 and 1974 remains unproven, but believed to be new for Peter Revson as McLaren Cars' #15 entry at the 1973 Indy 500. Crashed by Revson and it is unclear when the car returned to the team. Almost certainly Johnny Rutherford's black rollhooped short track car in 1974. McLaren records show that M16C/4 was sold to Roger Penske in November 1974. Raced by Tom Sneva in 1975 as the #68 Norton Spirit entry after his original M16C was wrecked at the Indy 500. Used again by Sneva as the #68 on long tracks in 1976, and presumably the #68 driven by Mario Andretti in two late-season races. Sold to Bill Simpson with M16C/3 and became part of Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing team in 1977 as their #38 car, raced by Clay Regazzoni at the Indy 500 and by Rick Mears later in the season. Unknown in 1978 but reappeared in 1979 as Bill Alsup's #41 WASP Racing car. Raced by Phil Caliva for Alsup Racing in 1980 as the #47 and at Indy 1981 where it was "extensively damaged" on 12 May in an accident during practice. Not seen again.
  2. Eagle 74 [7407] (Mario Andretti): New to Jerry O'Connell's team for 1974 and raced by Billy Vukovich as the #4 Sugaripe Prune Special. Presumably the car used through 1974 by Vukovich and then through 1975 by Mike Mosley but the team had older 1972 Eagles available and those older cars may have been used at some races. Used again by Mosley in 1977 but O'Connell also acquired a new Lightning for that season. Sold after Pocono in July 1978 to Jim McElreath, who had damaged his ex-Patrick 1973 Eagle at that race. Identified by Simmo Iskül from photographs as McElreath's #23 in 1979, and presumed to be the McElreath Racing #23 right up to 1981, although the ex-Patrick car was also repaired and used again. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Eagle 74 (Billy Vukovich): New to Robert L. 'Bob' Fletcher's Cobre Firestone team and entered as the #55 car for Jerry Grant in 1974. Then became the #6 entry for Billy Vukovich in 1975 and then the #3 entry for Bobby Unser in 1976. Probably the car raced by Unser at Phoenix at the start of 1977. To Carl Gehlhausen for 1978 and used by John Mahler as Gehlhausen's #39 entry at the 1978 Indy 500. Also the #39 Gehlhausen entry for Al Loquasto at Indianapolis and Michigan in 1979. Sold to Walter L. Medlin for 1980 and entered as the #32 car for Tony Bettenhausen II at three races; also for Bubby Jones as the #58 at the 1981 Indy 500 but he did not qualify. Remained with Medlin and is part of a collection of unrestored cars photographed on occasions since.
  4. Eagle 72 [7209?] (Gary Bettenhausen): New to Don Gerhardt to replace chassis 7206 destroyed in Jim Malloy's fatal accident at the 1972 Indy 500. Raced by Johnny Rutherford as the #18 Thermo King Special entry for the latter half of 1972. Retained for 1973 when Mike Hiss took over as team driver but Gerhardt had also acquired chassis 7216, and 7209 was used mainly on short tracks that year. Jim McElreath took over the Gerhardt drive in 1974 and used both 7209 and 7216 at the 1974 Indy 500, racing 7209. Gary Bettenhausen rejoined Gerhardt for 1975 and raced 7209 at the Indy 500 and at Pocono, with 7216 now being used on short tracks. For 1976, Bettenhausen used 7216 at the Indy 500, and 7209 was allocated to Eddie Miller but he destroyed the car in a heavy accident during practice. The remains sat at a body shop in Fresno, CA for a long time, before they were acquired by John Mueller for parts to aid in his restoration of 7228. He scrapped what he did not need, but part of the footbox together with the chassis plate were sent to Jacques Dresang as a souvenir.
  5. Eagle 72 [7202] (Jim McElreath): New to Doug Champlin & Fred Carillo of Champ Carr, Inc.and entered at Indy in 1972 as the #34 Norris Industries entry for Sam Posey. This car was not seen in the Champ Carr team during 1973, but was presumably the #31 entry at the Indy 500, that Carillo substituted illegally for the team's #34 car chassis 7226) which had already been bumped. To Marvin Webster (Mill Valley, CA) for 1974 and his #76 Webster Racing entry for the next three seasons, although Webster also had a 1966 Eagle used on short tracks. At Ontario in September 1976, John Mahler was entered in a "Webster-Offy" but a photograph shows that it was the team's usual Eagle. It was wrecked during the race and no Marvin Webster entry appears again. History then unknown, but later in the collection of Bruce McCaw (Seattle, WA). From McCaw it went to Ray Cooke (Langley, WA), and in late 1995 was advertised in Autoweek by Craig Coyer, a Seattle used car dealer who had taken it as trade on a Porsche. It was bought from him in 1996 by Greg Scott (Del Mar, CA), who found it to be virtually complete. Scott ran the car in the Victory Lane/VARA Indy Car Historics at Fontana from about 1997 to 2001 or 2002. It also appeared at Del Mar's 'Vehicles of Character' car show in September 2004. Since then, it has been in storage.
  6. Eagle 74 (Duane "Pancho" Carter): New to Robert L. 'Bob' Fletcher's Cobre Firestone team and entered as the #21 car for Jimmy Caruthers in 1974. Then became the #11 entry for Duane Carter in 1975. Unknown in 1976 but presumably a backup car for Bobby Unser's regular #3 car. Sold to Carl Gehlhausen and entered for Spike Gehlhausen as the #19 PV Corp car at four races towards the end of the 1977 season and then through the 1978 season, until it was crashed heavily at Michigan in September. Gehlhausen then bought Pat Santello's '74 Eagle to replace it. The Michigan wreck is believed to have been repaired for 1979, and may be the car sold to Todd Gibson for 1980.
  7. Eagle 72 [7226] (Bill Puterbaugh): According to AAR records, this car was originally sold to Doug Champlin & Fred Carillo of Champ Carr, Inc. This is believed to be the team's #34 car for Sam Posey but he was bumped. The team then tried to disguise the #34 car as the team's backup #31 entry to allow Posey another try at qualifying, but the deception was spotted by IMS technical supervisor Frank DelRoy and both the #34 and #31 entries were disqualified. Photographs indicate this car was then used as a short track car for Jim McElreath in 1973. Carillo retained the car during 1974, but it was not seen. In early 1975, it was repainted as Carillo's "Spirit of Orange Country" entry, but finance could not be found, and it was sold to Alex Morales, who entered it as the #78 Alex Foods car for Jimmy Caruthers. Assumed to be the #78 car for the rest of 1975 and then the #78 Alex Foods second team car in 1976 alongside the team's 1974 Eagle. The team acquired a pair of new Lightnings for 1977 and the Eagle was not seen again. Unknown after November 1976. Nothing more is known until it was sold by Barry Green via Walter Goodwin to Kenneth Hodge (Ocala, FL) in 2004 to be fitted with a complete spare drive train that Ken had acquired from Smokey Yunich's 1973 Chevrolet turbo engine project.
  8. Eagle 74 [7411?] (Lloyd Ruby): Identified in a letter from AAR to USAC in Feb 1974 as chassis 7411, sold to Commander Motor Homes for Lloyd Ruby and believed to be his regular long track car in 1974. Ruby also owned a 1973 car, chassis 7228, which is believed to have been his short track car. After Ruby's last Indy 500 appearance in the car, in 1976, it was acquired by Bobby Hillin's Longhorn Racing and was the #18 Spirit of Truth entry later that season for Jan Opperman and George Snider. It was the #72 car for Bubby Jones at Indy 1977 and then the #18 again for Snider later in the year. This must be the 1974 Eagle entered as the #81 Dairy Queen car for Billy Vukovich and Roger Rager in 1978, in what became the John O'Hanlon/Wayne Woodward Shade Tree Racing, although whether O'Hanlon and Woodward had joined forces as early as 1978 is unclear. Run for Dick Ferguson and Jerry Sneva in 1979 and then appeared at two more races for Michel Jourdain in 1980. Advertised on eBay in October 2005, still in Jourdain's #85 Intercomp livery.
  9. McLaren M16C [5] (Johnny Rutherford): New for McLaren Cars to be driven by Johnny Rutherford as the #7 Gulf entry in 1973. He used this car at the Indy 500 but may have used M16C/2 (or even M16C/4) at other races that season. Raced again by Rutherford in 1974 as the #3 car, winning the Indy 500, but he used another M16C at short track events that year. This car then became Rutherford's short-track car in 1975 and 1976. Sold to George Walther to be Salt Walther #33 backup car at Indy in 1977 but how it was used that season is unknown. Entered by Walther at the 1978 Indy 500 as the #34 for Graham McRae but he was bumped. Sold by Walther to Rick Carroll (Jensen Beach, FL) and restored. Sold by Carroll's estate in 1990 via Sotherby's Palm Springs Auction for $495,000 to Patrick S. Ryan (Montgomery, AL). Loaned by Ryan to the IMS Museum but also attended various concours events while owned by Ryan. Repainted by Paintergeek Paintworks (Indianapolis, IN) in May 2013. Sold by Ryan through RM Auctions at Monterey in August 2013 for $3,250,000 to web entrepreneur Bill Oesterle (Indianapolis, IN).
  10. Wildcat Mk 1 (Wally Dallenbach): Used by Dallenbach in practice at the 1976 Indy 500 and then to Bobby Hillin's Longhorn Racing as the #18 car at Indy 1977. Presumed to be the MK1 used by Dallenbach at the Trenton 200 in August 1976 (Formula Dec 1976 p36) and may have been used at other short track events in 1976. Also presumed to be the Wildcat used in 1977 and in 1978 by Longhorn Racing. (But note #18 at Indy 1978 was said to be a Mk 2 despite the picture (Hungness p86) appearing to show a Mk 1.) Tom Frantz ran a #18 Wildcat in 1979 and, although it doesn’t look much like the Longhorn car from 1978, Michael Ferner has identified this as a Wildcat Mk 1. With the other Mk 1 still in Cannon's hands, it is reasonable to assume that the Frantz-Hoffman car was the ex-Longhorn car.
  11. Eagle 72 [7212] (Dick Simon): To Dick Simon, fitted with a Foyt-Ford V8 turbo engine and first raced as his #44 Travelodge entry at Phoenix in November 1972. Raced by Simon through 1973 and 1974 as the #44, retaining its Travelodge sponsorship until mid-1974. Returned in 1975 with Bruce Cogle Ford backing and in 1976 with Lan Hairpieces and later Robyn CB sponsorship when it was driven by Roger Rager. Not at Indy in 1977 but later in the year it was acquired by Nick Krantz and entered for Phil Threshie, still as the #44 but now with Mr. Golden Sunflower sponsorship. Crashed by Threshie in practice for the 1977 California 500 at Ontario and not seen again.
  12. Kingfish 72 ['2'] (Spike Gehlhausen): The second new 1972 Grant King car appeared for the first time at the Indy 500 as the #15 car for Steve Krisiloff. As the other 1972 car was destroyed in Merle Bettenhausen's accident at the 1972 Michigan 200, it would be reasonable to assume this is Carl Gehlhausen's Mid-West Manufacturing Dura-pot entry from 1973 onwards. It first appeared as the #58 for Larry Dickson at the start of 1973, and was later driven as #58 by Johnny Parsons Jr, Arnie Knepper, Tom Bigelow and Tom Sneva later that year. The Gehlhausen team returned to Indycar racing in 1975, with the Kingfish now as the #38 entry, and it was raced initially by Jerry Karl, and by Al Loquasto, Jerry Sneva and Mike Hiss (who crashed it) in practice for the Indy 500. Spike Gehlhausen, Carl's son, was then given his first chance in the car and kept the drive to the end of the season. The Gehlhausens then acquired a McLaren M16 as the #19 Spirit of Indiana entry, and the Kingfish acted as backup until an Eagle was acquired in mid-1977. Subsequent history unknown but at some point the car was repainted with Sta-On Glaze livery, Gehlhausen's 1979 sponsor. By 2008, it was part of a collection of unrestored Indy cars owned by Walter Medlin.
  13. Vollstedt 73 [13] (Bob Harkey): New for 1973 as Vollstedt Enterprises' #17 Norton Spirit entry for Bill Simpson but did not qualify for the Indy 500. Raced later in the season by Bob Harkey and Tom Bigelow and then converted to the McLaren-style design of the 1972 car for 1974 when it was raced as the #27 Bryant Heating car by Bigelow. Raced by Bigelow at Indy in 1975 but its usage during the rest of that season is still to be determined. Rebuilt extensively for 1976 with its radiators moved to the nose, the same as the 1972 car which had been modified the previous season. Raced by Dick Simon as the #17 Bryant Heating entry in 1976 and in early 1977. Retained thereafter as a backup car and fitted with an AMC turbo V8 for some races in 1979. Its last known appearance was when driven by Gary Bettenhausen at Pocono in June 1981. Subsequent history unknown until it was rebuilt by Rolla Vollstedt to 1976 shape for owner Joe Green about 2001.
  14. McLaren M16C [M16-1?] (Al Loquasto): To Roger Penske at the 1971 Indy 500 for Mark Donohue (#66 Sunoco). Donohue retired from the Indy 500 but his car was later "destroyed" when Mike Mosley crashed his Eagle into it. It was said that nothing was salvageable and a new car (M16-4) was built in time for Pocono. However, detailed study of photographs establishes that M16-1 was rebuilt and was raced by Gary Bettenhausen for Penske at short-track races in the first half of 1972. Sold to Roy Woods Racing for John Mahler (#74) at Ontario 1972 but wrecked in the race. Not seen again until entered by Roy Woods for David Hobbs (#73) at Ontario September 1973 then for Mahler (#74) at the 1974 Indy 500 but DNQ. Had been updated to M16C form during this time, Sold to Al Loquasto and replaced the M16B he had previously raced. Used from 1975 to 1978 (#86 Frostie Root Beer) but Loquasto may have retained his M16B in which case the exact usage is unknown. Probably the car sold to Robert W. LaWarre Sr. (Titusville, FL) for Tony Bettenhausen II (#86 Tilton) late 1979. History then unknown until the M16A was bought from someone in Florida by Joe Baird (Shelbyville, IN) and a partner in the 1990s. The M16A still had Loquasto and LaWarre bodywork. Sold via Jim Mann and Steve Truchan to former Formula Atlantic driver Glen A. Smith (Rockwall, TX) and retained by Smith until his death in 2008, after which his wife sold it to Bob Boyce (Michigan City, Indiana).
  15. Eagle 73 [7302?] (John Martin): Built in time for Bobby Unser to drive as AAR's #8 Olsonite entry at Texas World Speedway in April. Presumably the car he then used at Trenton and Indianapolis, and then his short track car later in the season after 7304 was built. This would then be the car sold to Vel's Parnelli Jones for 1974 and raced by Al Unser at the start of the season, then a backup once VPJ's new 1974 Eagles were ready. Believed to be the car bought by Joe Hunt (Torrance, CA) and run by him as the #99 Joe Hunt Magneto entry from 1975 to 1981, starting when John Martin drove it in the final race of the 1975 season. It was crashed heavily in 1981 but apparently rebuilt yet again, and raced until 1982. Subsequent history unknown, but it was acquired by Jack Danko (Laurel Run, PA) in January 2004, and rebuilt to be used in Pensylvania hillclimbs by his son Darryl Danko from 2005 to at least 2011.
  16. Riley 74 (Roger McCluskey): New for the 1974 season and entered by Lindsey Hopkins as the #1 English Leather entry for his reigning USAC champion Roger McCluskey. Retained for 1975 when it was the #15 Silver Floss Sauerkraut entry for McCluskey. Retained as a backup for 1976 when Mike Hiss drove it as the #11 Hopkins entry at Indy but did not qualify. Chuck Looper told Pete Klain that Hopkins traded three cars to Rolla Vollstedt, including the Riley, and Vollstedt sold it to Kenny Hamilton (Boise, ID) who fitted a Chevy engine and ran it as the #63 Spirit of Idaho in 1981, failing to qualify at Indy but starting at Riverside later that year. It then went to Terry Nish (Salt Lake City, UT) who used the suspension on a sprint car or supermodified. The chassis and other parts passed through several more owners until sold by Gary Trout to Pete Klain. Klain visited Nish and bought the original uprights and started work on a complete rebuild with original fabricator Chuck Looper.
  17. Vollstedt 72/75 [12] (Tom Bigelow): New for 1972 as the #27 Vollstedt Enterprises entry for Denny Zimmerman but arrived too late to qualify. Raced by Zimmerman at Pocono and Ontario in 1972 and then retained for 1973 as a backup to the new "bunkbeds" car and raced as the #27 by Tom Bigelow. It was Bigelow's intended #27 car at Indy in 1972 but crashed heavily on the second day of practice. Extensively rebuilt for 1975 with the radiators moved from McLaren-style sidepods to the nose. Used as a short track car for 1975. Used by Janet Guthrie as the #27 in 1976 but then retired. Donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in May 1982.
  18. Eagle 72 [7221] (Steve Krisiloff): New to Leader Card Racers in time for the TWS race at the start of 1973. Raced by Mike Mosley as the #98 Leader Card entry. Then taken to the Indy 500 as a backup, renumbered #97, and qualified by Rick Muther. It was then Mosley's short track car, and raced by Muther at Pocono and by Johnny Parsons Jr at Ontario and at the late-season races. Presumably for Parsons again at Ontario in March 1974. Then Mosley's short track car when he wasn't using his new 1974 Eagle. Signs of repairs to the left side of this car allow it to be identified from 1975 onwards. It was raced by George Snider as the #97 at Ontario at the start of 1975, then by Steve Krisiloff in the Indy 500 as the #98 and later in the season as the #98 and then the #10. For 1976, the car was sold to Patrick Santello and was his #65 City of Syracuse or S&M Electric entry that season for Larry Dickson and Lee Kunzman. Then to Gus and Richard Hoffman (Milford, OH) of Hoffman Racing for 1977 and entered for Jerry Grant and later Joe Saldana as the #69. Driven again by Saldana in 1978 and 1979. Also appeared once for Bob Frey in 1980. Reappeared briefly in 1982 when it was entered by George T. Smith's GTS Racing as the #86 Empress Traveler for Al Loquasto. Sold by Smith to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) who sold it to Bob Colllings (Boston, MA) in April 1985. Retained by Collings and now forms part of the auto collection in The Collings Foundation (Stow, MA).
  19. Eagle 70 (Larry Dickson): For 1972, Lindsey Hopkins added a 1970 Eagle to his already crowded stable for Wally Dallenbach to drive as the #10 entry. The origins of the Eagle are presently unknown but it could be the redundant ex-Gurney AAR car or the unwanted Gordy Johncock car. Dallenbach drove it in the opening races of the season but was bumped at the Indy 500. He then joined the STP team to replace the injured Art Pollard and Hopkins recruited Lee Kunzman to take over the #10 Eagle. A 1972 Eagle replaced the 1970 car at some point, but a photograph shows Kunzman drove the older car at Texas World Speedway in April 1973, so exactly where Kunzman raced this car instead of the new '72 Eagle is not clear, and photographs are needed to completely resolve this. Photographs indicate that this was the 1970 Eagle acquired by Patrick Santello (Syracuse, NY) for 1975. His mechanic Willie Davis fitted it with one of Richard Moser's DOHC Chevrolet V8 engines, but the car did not race until near the end of the season, when Larry Dickson raced the #65 City of Syracuse Spl at Phoenix in November 1975. Retained by Santello for the 1976 season as a backup to a newer 1972 Eagle, and raced by Dickson, Lee Kunzman and Jerry Karl. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. Wildcat Mk 1 (Gordon Johncock): Gordy Johncock's 1975 Indy 500 Wildcat MK1 was not entered in 1976 and was Schuppan's #85 Wildcat in 1977 where it is identified as owned by Frank Curtis under the "Wildcat Racing" banner. It was then driven by Larry Cannon in 1978 (#85), 1979 (#95) and 1980 (#95), qualifying for the latter race (Hungness 1980). Also identified as a Mk 1 in 1978 by Autosport's Pocono report (Autosport 6 Jul 1978 p29). At Ontario in 1980, Autosport identifies Cannon's Wildcat as a Mk 1 so he has presumably been using that car in all appearances earlier in the season. Thereafter, it's harder to tell because Cannon also has a Mk 2 Wildcat in the team.
  21. Peat-Lola (Tom Frantz): Built in 1971 by Dick Simon's chief mechanic Wally Peat but is is understood that the chassis was fabricated in the USA by two Englishmen, ex-Lola Can-Am mechanic Jim Chapman and ex-Lotus Indy mechanic Mike Underwood. It was based on the design of the 1968 Lola T150/T152 that Simon had bought from Roger Penske, and was fitted with a Ford turbo engine. It first appeared at the Ontario race in September 1971 as the #10 TraveLodge Sleeper Special and was raced by Dick Simon through 1972 until he acquired a new Eagle. The Peat-Lola was then sold to Tom Frantz (AP 21 April 1973) who entered it for the 1973 Indy 500 but was turned away. Frantz ran the car in 1975 as the #96 Spirit of Idaho entry using a Chevrolet engine and then briefly in 1976 as the #72 Custom Motor Home entry before acquiring an Eagle-Foyt.
  22. Eagle 72 [7219] (Billy Scott): New to Patrick Racing for 1973 and identified as their #60 STP entry at the 1973 Indy 500 for Graham McRae. Then became Wally Dallenbach's #40 car after the Indy 500, winning at Milwaukee and Ontario. Sold to Richard Beith (Danville, CA) for 1974 and entered as the #18 American Kids Racer car for Steve Krisiloff and Bill Simpson. Returned in 1975 for George Follmer, now as the #28, but only at Ontario and Indy. Leased from Beith by Warner Hodgdon (San Bernardino, CA) for 1976 and raced by Billy Scott at the Indy 500 before returning to Beith for three more seasons, appearing mainly at the 500-mile races at Ontario and Indianapolis. Retained by Beith until sold to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in October 2005. Haines advertised it in early 2006 still in Beith's American Kids livery. Bought from Haines by Aaron Lewis (Cessnock, NSW, Australia) in September 2008 and restored for him by Walter Goodwin between 2008 and 2011 to McRae's 1973 livery. Ran at the vintage demonstration at the Indy 500 in 2011 and 2012 and then on display at the Riverside International Automotive Museum.
  23. Eagle 68 [406] (John Hubbard): 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.
  24. Eagle 74 [7306] (Jerry Grant): Patrick Racing acquired a new 1973 Eagle after the 1973 Indy 500, probably either chassis 7305 or 7306. It was fitted with a Ford V8 engine and used in practice at Ontario by Graham McRae as the #60 entry, but failed to qualify. Raced by Dick Simon at two later races that season. It may have been Steve Krisiloff's intended #60 Patrick entry at Indy in 1974, identified by Hungness as an Eagle "of 1973 vintage", but the car Krisiloff actually qualified was an older 1972 car. Then used by Krisiloff later in the 1974 season. Sold by Patrick Racing's chief crew George Bignotti to Fred W. Carrillo (San Juan Capistrano, CA) and entered as the #73 Spirit of Orange County entry for Jerry Grant at Ontario at the start of 1975. This became Carillo's AMC-engined car in late 1975 and early 1976, driven again by Grant, before Carillo acquired a newer Eagle. In 1977, this car was rebuilt to Offy specification and sold to Jim McElreath for son James to drive as the #26 McElreath Racing entry in 1977. Then for Jim McElreath in 1978. In 1979, McElreath acquired a second Eagle, apparently the ex-O'Connell 1974 car, which was numbered as the #23 with the older car continuing as #26. The older car continued in use until 1981. In 2017, it was reported that this was chassis 7306, and had remained at Jim McElreath's home in Texas from 1983 until his death in 2017. It was then owned by Angus Russell (Ormond Beach, FL).
  25. Coyote 71 (Jack Owens): New as AJ Foyt's backup car for 1971 and taken over by NASCAR driver Donnie Allison for the Indy 500. Also raced by Allison at Pocono and Ontario, and possibly also used by Foyt as a short track car. Sold to the MVS team for 1972 and raced by Jim Hurtubise at the Indy 500. MVS also bought an older 1969/70 Coyote for the short ovals. The ex-Allison car was then raced by George Snider as MVS's #29 entry on the longer tracks later in 1972. It was bought from MVS in 1975 less engine by the Dewco Construction team of Jack Owens (Indianapolis, IN), and fitted with a stock block Chevrolet. It ran in this form for two years, but only started one race. In was then in Jim Brucker's Movieworld/"Cars of the Stars" museum at Buena Park, CA at some point. When Brucker's museum closed in 1978, his collection was moved to Santa Paula where it sat in a warehouse until 1993. The Coyote was loaned to the Santa Paula Union Oil Museum for its "Legends of Auto Racing" exhibit in December 1993. It was next seen in 2001 when bought from Jerry Friedrich (also then in Santa Paula, CA) by Bruce Linsmeyer (Orlando, FL) and restored by his Avon Aero between 2001 and 2005 when it was fitted with a non-turbo Ford V8 and was missing its left-hand side radiator. Traded to former single-seat Can-Am racer Chuck 'Rick' Parsons (Inverness, IL) for a 1968 Shelby Turbine Indy car and run by Parsons in The Mitty at Road Atlanta in early May 2011. Sold via Mecum Auctions in May 2011.
  26. Eagle 72 [7228] (Johnny Parsons Jr): Supplied as a monocoque to Lloyd Ruby and his chief crew Mike Devin after Ruby had crashed chassis 7224 at Ontario. Chassis 7228 was built up using the components of 7224 and raced as Ruby's #18 Commander Motor Homes for the rest of the season. Retained in 1974 as a backup car to Ruby's new 1974 Eagle, but actually raced more often than the '74 that season. Sold to Anastassios "Tassi" Vatis, a Greek shipping tycoon and veteran Indy car owner, and run by Vatis's faithful chief mechanic Bill Finley for Johnny Parsons Jr in 1975. In 1976, the team had a "new" car built on an "unused" chassis, presumably 7224 as it still carries the 7224 plate today. However, 7228 remained the main car, Parsons' #93 Ayr-Way/Vatis entry in 1976 and 1977. In 1978, 7228 was modified with straight sidepods and radiators repositioned to the rear of the tub, matching the specification of 7224, after which they are hard to tell apart. John Mahler (Bettendorf, Iowa) bought the Vatis team in November 1978 with the support of longtime backer Richard Deutsch, and it is believed that 7228 was the #92 car that Mahler had bumped after qualifying. Retained as a backup in 1980 and 1981, then sold to Rick DeLorto (Wood Dale, IL) who attempted to qualify for several CART races in 1982. Then to John Griffith (Chicago, IL) 1983, then Steve Burgner (Chicago, IL) 1984, after which it was sold to Mountain View Motorsport Park in Colorado. It then passed to a dealer in Connecticut, from which Eric Camiel (Danbury, CT) bought it in 1991. Then unknown until acquired from Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) by John Mueller (Fresno, CA) in late 2005. Chuck is believed to have got it from Lilo Zicron (Burbank, CA). Extensively rebuilt by Mueller to standard specification. Sold to Rick and Alison Dresang (Hartford, WI) in May 2016.
  27. Atlanta 72 (C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr): New to AJ Foyt, and entered for the 1972 Indy 500 as the J.H. Greer #82 car, but did not arrive. The car was fitted with a Foyt-Ford V8 engine, and was entered at Indy a year later for Jim McElreath to drive, but he did not complete a qualifying attempt. It was brought out again in 1974, still as the #82 entry, and was driven by George Snider at Ontario Motor Speedway in March, at Phoenix two weeks later, and also at the Indy 500, where Snider qualified 13th but retired early. For 1975, the Atlanta was sold to Formula B racer "Butch" Harris (Houston, TX) and fitted with a Chevrolet engine, but Harris never raced it. In early 1977, it was sold to George R. Boyd (St Joseph, IL) and the Chevy engine was replaced by a Foyt-Ford acquired from Tom Frantz. Frantz was given the chance to qualify it at the 1977 Indy 500, but he spun during practice and Jerry Karl, Bob Harkey, and Mel Kenyon were all given a try in the car. It went well during the month but Kenyon was unable to rediscover that speed during his qualifying run. The car was retained by Boyd in his garage for over 40 years until his death in January 2018. Six months later it was sold to restorer John Mueller.
  28. McLaren M16B/A [B-3/A-2] (John Martin): McLaren Cars 1972 for Gordy Johncock (#24) and 'wrecked' at Ontario. Repaired and sold to John Martin 1973 (#89) and 1974 and 1975. Wrecked at Milwaukee June 1975 and tub "thrown in dumpster". Rebuilt using a M16A monocoque bought from Lindsey Hopkins and raced to the end of 1975. This M16B/A was acquired by Danny Jones and Roy Dickinson in 1976 and rebuilt for the 1977 Indy 500. They were then joined by Bill Freeman Racing, appearing on the 1977 Indy 500 entry list as #30 Caesars Palace entry. Bob Harkey failed to qualify the car at Indy and it was raced by Johnny Parsons Jr later in the 1977 season. To Fred Ruth for 1978 and qualified for the Indy 500 by Jerry Sneva in 1978 as the #30 Smock Material entry. Ruth was joined and at some point as co-owner by Marv Schmidt. Returned again in 1979, entered by Thunder Racing and with Molly Mate sponsorship. It was next seen in 1981 when John Martin qualified at the Indy 500 but was bumped. Cliff Hucul ran it later that year as the #57. Then unknown until 1991 when it was owned by Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) and still in Hucul livery.
  29. McLaren M16C [2] (David "Salt" Walther): New for McLaren Cars at the start of 1973, and raced by Johnny Rutherford at the early short-track events. Probably used by him at short track events later in the year. Also driven by Peter Revson as the #15 Gulf entry at Pocono and Ontario in 1973. To George Walther for Salt Walther to drive at the Indy 500 in 1974 as the #77 Dayton Walther Spl, but Walther then acquired M16C/6, retaining M16C/2 as his #33 spare car at the Indy 500 in 1975 and 1976. It was raced by Bob Harkey at Indy 1975 and by David Hobbs at Indy in 1976. How it was used during the rest of the 1975 and 1976 season is unclear but it was quite possibly used as a short-track car. Relegated to the team's third car for 1977 when Walther acquired M16C/5 from McLaren. Sold with M16C/5 to Jerry Karl/William R. Compton Sr for 1978, converted to Chevrolet V8 power and entered by Tonco Trailer until 1981 but its exact usage is unclear. Sold to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) but had moved to Ron Rickard (San Diego, CA) by 1986 when he drove it at the Palm Springs historics. Sold to Tony Roberts and Duncan Fox (Auckland, New Zealand) in 1997 and used in historics with an aluminium 355 ci Chevrolet V8 from 1998 to 2000.

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 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.