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Jimmy Bryan 150

Phoenix International Raceway, 14 Mar 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bobby Unser Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#3 Cobre Tire [Fletcher Racing]
(see note 1)
150 Finished
2 Duane "Pancho" Carter Eagle 74 [7404] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#48 Jorgensen Steel [E. M. Jorgensen/AAR]
150 Finished
3 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#20 Sinmast [Patrick Racing] (see note 2)
150 Finished
4 Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] - Cosworth DFX V8
#25 American Racing [Vel's Parnelli Jones]
(see note 3)
149 Flagged
5 Mike Mosley Eagle 74 [7407] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#12 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
(see note 4)
148 Flagged
6 Johnny Parsons Jr Finley Eagle ['72 7224?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#93 Ayr-Way WNAP [Vatis Enterprises]
(see note 5)
148 Flagged
7 Dick Simon Vollstedt 72/75 [12] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#17 Jewett Cameron [Vollstedt] (see note 6)
146 Flagged
8 Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#86 Frostie Root Beer [Al Loquasto Sr.]
(see note 7)
144 Flagged
9 David "Salt" Walther McLaren M16C/D [6] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#77 Dayton-Walther [George Walther]
(see note 8)
141 Flagged
10 Jim McElreath Eagle 72 [7202] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#76 Webster Racing [Marvin Webster]
(see note 9)
141 Flagged
11 John Martin Kingfish 73 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#98 McIntire Chevrolet [Agajanian/King]
(see note 10)
139 Flagged
12 Spike Gehlhausen Kingfish 72 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#19 Spirit of Indiana [Carl Gehlhausen]
(see note 11)
138 Flagged
13 Bobby Olivero Eagle 72 [7220] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#78 Alex Foods [Alex Morales] (see note 12)
138 Flagged
14 Arlene Hiss Eagle 74 [7411?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#51 Copper State [Michael Devin?]
(see note 13)
128 Flagged
15 Tom Frantz Eagle 72 [7201?] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#72 Top Banana [Tom Frantz] (see note 14)
119 Hit wall
16 Wally Dallenbach Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#40 Sinmast [Patrick Racing] (see note 15)
111 Engine
17 Tom Sneva McLaren M16C [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#68 Norton Spirit [Penske Racing]
(see note 16)
74 Blew tire
18 Johnny Rutherford McLaren M16C [5] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#2 McLaren (see note 17)
50 Engine
19 Larry Dickson Eagle 70 - Chevrolet Moser
#65 City of Syracuse [Patrick Santello]
(see note 18)
42 Blown engine
20 Tom Bigelow Eagle 74 [7417?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#24 Leader Card (see note 19)
21 Hit BS wall
21 AJ Foyt Coyote 74 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#14 Gilmore Racing [Foyt Enterprises]
(see note 20)
13 Lost oil pressure
22 Jerry Grant Eagle 74 - AMC 209 ci turbo V8
#73 Carrillo [Fred W. Carillo] (see note 21)
8 Lost oil pressure
DNS Billy Vukovich Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#5 Alex Foods [Alex Morales] (see note 22)
Did not start
(Engine trouble)
DNS Ken Nichols Fiore Spyder - Offy 159 ci turbo
#43 Fiore
Did not start
(Engine trouble)
DNS Gary Bettenhausen Eagle 72 [7209?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#45 Thermo King [Don Gerhardt] (see note 23)
Did not start
(Engine trouble)
DNS Greg Hodges Lola - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#49 Hodges
Did not start
(Chassis trouble)
DNS Ed Crombie Vollstedt 66 [9?] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#67 Crombie Brothers [Ed Crombie]
(see note 24)
Did not start
(DNS, too slow)
DNS Ed Finley Antares 72 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#79 Shamrock Racing (see note 25)
Did not start
(DNS, too slow)
DNS Frank Weiss Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#90 Eastside Cafe [Art Sugai] (see note 26)
Did not start
(License not in order)
DNSC Gary Albritian Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#75 Gibson-Routh [Richard Routh]
(see note 27)
Did not start (crashed)
Qualifying
1 Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] - Cosworth DFX V8
2 Bobby Unser Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
3 AJ Foyt Coyote 74 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
4 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
5 Wally Dallenbach Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
6 Johnny Rutherford McLaren M16C [5] - Offy 159 ci turbo
7 Mike Mosley Eagle 74 [7407] - Offy 159 ci turbo
8 Tom Sneva McLaren M16C [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
9 Johnny Parsons Jr Finley Eagle ['72 7224?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
10 Bobby Olivero Eagle 72 [7220] - Offy 159 ci turbo
11 Duane "Pancho" Carter Eagle 74 [7404] - Offy 159 ci turbo
12 John Martin Kingfish 73 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
13 Larry Dickson Eagle 70 - Chevrolet Moser
14 David "Salt" Walther McLaren M16C/D [6] - Offy 159 ci turbo
15 Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
16 Jim McElreath Eagle 72 [7202] - Offy 159 ci turbo
17 Tom Bigelow Eagle 74 [7417?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
18 Dick Simon Vollstedt 72/75 [12] - Offy 159 ci turbo
19 Jerry Grant Eagle 74 - AMC 209 ci turbo V8
20 Spike Gehlhausen Kingfish 72 ['2'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
21 Arlene Hiss Eagle 74 [7411?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
22 Tom Frantz Eagle 72 [7201?] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
23 Ed Finley * Antares 72 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
24 Ed Crombie * Vollstedt 66 [9?] - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
25 Billy Vukovich * Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
26 Ken Nichols * Fiore Spyder - Offy 159 ci turbo
27 Gary Bettenhausen * Eagle 72 [7209?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
28 Greg Hodges * Lola - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
29 Gary Albritian * Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
30 Frank Weiss * Vollstedt 67 ['A'] - Offy 159 ci turbo
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Eagle 74 (Bobby Unser): 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.
  2. Wildcat Mk 2 (Gordon Johncock): Gordon Johncock had a Wildcat Mk 2 for the 1976 season but we cannot be certain when he drove the Mk 2 that season and when he may have used an older Mk 1. This car was retained for Johncock to use on short tracks in 1977, and was also raced by Johnny Parsons Jr at the 1977 Indy 500 as Patrick's #60 entry. The car was wrecked at Milwaukee in June 1977 and was not seen again.
  3. Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] (Al Unser): Al Unser had a backup car at the 1976 Indy 500 wearing #25. It is assumed that this (second) VPJ6B was the #25 car Unser drove at Phoenix at the start of 1976. At the 1977 Indy 500, Ongais is driving this #25 car (said by Hungness to be Unser's 1976 backup) so it assumed to be Ongais' #25 car at Ontario in 1976 and in the early 1977 races. Written off at Milwaukee June 1977 "when he hit a patch of oil thrown out by another car" (Formula Sep 1977 p42).
  4. Eagle 74 [7407] (Mike Mosley): 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.
  5. Finley Eagle ['72 7224?] (Johnny Parsons Jr): Having run a 1972 Eagle and the 1973 'Fleagle' in 1975, the Vatis team introduced a new car in 1976, said to have been built on a spare Eagle tub unused until that year. This ran as the #93 car in 1976 with the 1972 Eagle moving from #93 to #92. This arrangement appears to have continued through 1977 but the two cars become harder to disentangle in 1978 as the 1972 Eagle has been modified to look much the same as the 1976 car. It would appear that the older 1972 Eagle becomes the team's first choice car in 1978 and in 1979.
  6. Vollstedt 72/75 [12] (Dick Simon): 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.
  7. 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).
  8. McLaren M16C/D [6] (David "Salt" Walther): New in 1974 for McLaren Cars as a M16C/D for David Hobbs to drive at the 1974 Indy 500 as the #73 Carling Black Label entry. Sold to George Walther by early July for Salt Walther to drive and used as his main #77 car at the Indy 500 in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Walther had other McLarens during this time and he is likely to have used those on short tracks. Sold with M16C/2 to Jerry Karl for 1978 and entered as his #88 Offy car with Frank Fiore as chief mechanic and a #89 RasCar/Atlanta as his backup. How this car was used later is currently unclear. Sold with M16C/2 to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO).
  9. 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. Returned in 1973 as the #34 for Posey but he was bumped. This was the car that masqueraded as a different Eagle to allow Posey another try at qualifying. Photographs indicate this older car was retained as a short track car for Jim McElreath in 1973. To Marvin Webster 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 in 2003 the car appeared on the vintage oval circuit, run by Greg Scott (Del Mar, CA).
  10. Kingfish 73 ['2'] (John Martin): Built by Grant King for the 1973 season and appeared at the Indy 500 that year as the #75 entry for Greg Weld. Weld did not qualify but this car remained red and is therefore the car raced by Steve Krisiloff as the #24 entry on short tracks in 1973. In 1974, this second Kingfish was numbered #26 but only raced twice with that identity, at the Indy 500 with Bentley Warren and at Pocono in the hands of Bob Harkey. It also raced at some other tracks as the #24 but can be distinguished by its unmodified roll hoop. In 1975, the car was raced again at the Indy 500 by Sheldon Kinser, now as the #19 entry. King joined forces with JC Agajanian for 1976 and both 1973 Kingfish were used in the early races, this one as the #98 car for John Martin and later as the #96 for Bob Harkey. The cars reappeared in 1979, fitted with Chevrolet V8 engines and this car took sixth place at Milwaukee driven by Gary Bettenhausen. Its long race career was finally terminated by an accident in practice at Watkins Glen when driven by Tony Bettenhausen II. The car was advertised by racecars.com in 2009. In 2010, it was reported to be in southern California.
  11. 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.
  12. Eagle 72 [7220] (Bobby Olivero): One of two cars invoiced to Norris Industries and as 7202 has been identified by later owners as the Sam Posey car in both 1972 and 1973, 7220 must be the #35 Jim McElreath car. Photographs indicate this newer car was reserved for long track duties in 1973: for McElreath at Indy, Sam Posey at Pocono, and McElreath at Ontario. Unknown in 1974, but identified by the 1975 Hungness yearbook as the #78 Alex Foods car entered by Alex Morales 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 since November 1976.
  13. Eagle 74 [7411?] (Arlene Hiss): 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.
  14. Eagle 72 [7201?] (Tom Frantz): The prototype 1972 Eagle was tested over the winter and then used as AAR's #6 Olsonite entry for Bobby Unser on "the mile tracks" during 1972, winning at Phoenix, Trenton, Milwaukee and Phoenix again in November. Sold to Stan Malless, Bob Voigt and Dick Sommers of MVS and converted to turbo Ford engines. Raced for MVS by Sammy Sessions as the #9 in 1973 then reappeared at the 1974 Indy 500 for Denny Zimmerman and at the 1975 Indy 500 for various drivers but did not qualify for either race. Then almost certainly the #72 Custom Motor Home car raced by Tom Frantz (Littleton, CO) in 1976 which went to Ed Crombie (Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada) for 1977, when it was driven by Larry Cannon and Jerry Sneva. Subsequent history unknown but at some point the car was restored by former AAR fabricator Mike Lewis to its 1972 livery and with an Offy engine. It appeared in this specification at the Amelia Island concours in 2002, and was raced by Bob Jordan (Winnetka, IL) at Road America in July 2006. It was offered at the Gooding & Co Pebble Beach auction in August 2008 but did not sell. In 2010, the car was featured on a 'The Motorcar Society' video.
  15. Wildcat Mk 2 (Wally Dallenbach): Wally Dallenbach had a Wildcat Mk 2 for the 1976 season but we cannot be certain when he drove the Mk 2 that season and when he may have used an older Mk 1. The Mk 3s were produced for 1977 but were only used at a handful of races and Dallenbach drove his 1976 Mk 2 at most races. At the end of 1977, the Dallenbach Mk 2 was sold to Sherman Armstrong's Armstrong Mould team and driven by Tom Bigelow through the 1978 season. It was loaned back to Patrick Racing for Steve Krisiloff to drive at Trenton in September after his usual Mk 2 had been wrecked at Ontario three weeks earlier and the alternative Mk 4 had been shipped to England for the two British races. Retained by Armstrong and driven by Gary Bettenhausen and Howdy Holmes in 1979 and by Bettenhausen in 1980. Used briefly by Rich Vogler in Indy 500 practice in 1981. Subsequent history unknown but likely to be the car raced by Ross Davis later in 1981.
  16. McLaren M16C [1] (Tom Sneva): New to Roger Penske for Bobby Allison to drive at the 1973 Indy 500 as the #12 Sunoco DX car. Sold to Roy Woods and appeared at Ontario in August/September 1973 as the #74 Carling entry for John Mahler, who crashed it in the race. It evidently returned to Penske and was rebuilt as the #8 entry for Gary Bettenhausen in 1974. Used by Mike Hiss after Bettenhausen was injured in a dirt race in July 1974. Taken over by Tom Sneva in 1975 as the #68 Norton Spirit entry but wrecked in Sneva's huge accident at Indy in 1975. Rebuilt later in the season and rejoined the team to be Sneva's short-track car in 1976. History then unknown until 2009 when it was part of the Harrah Collection at the National Automobile Museum (Reno, NV). Presumably it had been bought by Bill Harrah, founder of Harrah's Casinos. After his death in November 1978 the Harrah’s Automobile Collection was acquired by Holiday Inns and started to be broken up and auctions in the mid-1980s. In response to ensuing outcry, Holiday Inns agreed to donate 175 cars and Harrah's research library to a new Harrah Automobile Foundation and this became the basis of the National Automobile Museum which opened in Reno, Nevada, in 1989. The car is in Sneva's 1977 red, white and blue Norton/Gould/CAM2 livery, suggesting it was used as a show car in 1977.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. Eagle 74 [7417?] (Tom Bigelow): In 1976, the Leader Card team consisted of three Eagles, their original 1974 car (chassis 7417) which had been modified following Steve Krisiloff's accident at the Speedway in May 1975, their one remaining 1972 car and another 1974 car which had been bought from Patrick Racing. Tom Bigelow was the team's main driver but how he used the three cars during the season isn't yet clear. His intended #24 car at the Indy 500 was 7417 but he was bumped and qualified the 72 instead. The ex-Patrick car was the #23 team car for Snider at the Speedway and is presumably the #23 car driven by Mike Hiss in the Ontario 500, suggesting Bigelow stayed with 7417.
  20. Coyote 74 (AJ Foyt): Formula (Dec 1976 p36) says Foyt was using a 1974 Coyote at all short tracks this season [1976]. Trenton is a 1.5-mile circuit so that means R1 Phoenix, R2 Trenton and R4 Milwaukee and not R3 Indy and R5 Pocono but what about R6 Michigan and R7 Texas World (both 2 miles)?
  21. Eagle 74 (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. This would be the Patrick Racing spare car sold to Jerry Grant at Ontario at the start of 1975, and then entered by Fred W. Carrillo as the #73 Spirit of Orange County entry for Grant in 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).
  22. Eagle 74 (Billy Vukovich): Having crashed his usual #21 Vel's Parnelli Jones 1974 Eagle at the 1975 Indy 500, Mario Andretti drove a different 1974 Eagle at Pocono in June 1975, his final appearance for VPJ. The Pocono car went to Alex Morales for 1976 and was the #5 Alex Foods entry driven by Billy Vukovich and the 1976 Indy 500. Raced by Vukovich for Morales for the rest of 1976 and again in 1977 when it was the #15 entry. Last seen at the 1977 Indy 500 when it was the #75 backup car crashed by Jerry Grant during practice. The car was only moderately damaged so is likely to have been rebuilt. Subsequent history unknown.
  23. 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.
  24. Vollstedt 66 [9?] (Ed Crombie): Built for 1966 as the #17 Jim Robbins car and used by several drivers at Indy that year but did not qualify. Became the #67 in 1967 and raced by Lee Roy Yarbrough at the Indy 500. Raced by Jim Malloy at a few races later in the season and then as a regular entry through 1968. For Lee Roy Yarbrough again at the 1969 Indy 500 as the #27 Jim Robbins entry but did not qualify. Returned to Vollstedt for 1970 and run as the #17 on a few occasions in 1970 and early 1971. Sold by Vollstedt to the Crombie Brothers for 1976, and raced by Ed Crombie (Williams Lake, British Columbia) at Trenton on 2 May. Crashed in practice at the Speedway later that month and not raced again. According to Michael McKinney's research, it was acquired from Crombie by Jerry Proper (Spokane, WA), modified significantly, and raced in CAMRA (Canadian American Modified Racing Association) supermodified races in the Pacific North West and Western Canada in the 1980s and 1990s.
  25. Antares 72 (Ed Finley): Sold to Michner Petroleum and entered at the 1972 Indy 500 as their #42 car for Swede Savage. Like fellow intended Antares pilot Wally Dallenbach, Savage focused on his 1970 Eagle and qualified that for the race. The Antares was significantly revamped in time for the Ontario race in September but was no quicker and Savafe did not attempt to qualify it. Together with the Dallenbach car, it was bought by Ed Finley, Gary Miller and Keith Shuck in 1975 and fitted with a Chevrolet V8 for Finley to drive in 1976. It was not used again but was later stored with the Dallenbach car at the workshop of Ken Mahoney (Peru, IL). Then passed through the hands of various collectors until the tub and spares were acquired some time before 2007 by Michael McKinney (Kennewick WA), also the owner of the more complete ex-McCluskey car.
  26. Vollstedt 67 ['A'] (Frank Weiss): 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. Eagle 74 (Gary Albritian): Entered by Patrick Racing for Gordy Johncock in the early-1974 races as the #7 Patrick Racing car until a deal was done with STP and it became the #20 STP Double Oil Filter entry at the Indy 500. Brushed the wall on 9 May and replaced by the ex-Dallenbach car for qualifying and the race. Presumably Johncock returned to this car for the remainder of the 1974 season. Identified from pictures as the car raced by Johncock on short tracks in 1975. Then sold to Richard Routh and entered for Gary Allbritain as #75 in early 1976 but Allbritain crashed in practice for his first two races and his entry for the Indy 500 was refused. Rebuilt by chief crew Todd Gibson on an ex-VPJ/Andretti tub. Raced by Jan Opperman at the Indy 500 as the #8 Routh Meat entry and then by Gibson for the rest of the season. Became Routh's #22 Baja Boats car for Gibson in 1977, but was crashed heavily in practice at Milwaukee in August, and the Routh entry did not appear again. Gibson ran his own car in 1978/79 and the ex-Johncock car may have been damaged beyond repair..

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.