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Ontario 200

Ontario Motor Speedway, 6 Mar 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 AJ Foyt Coyote 75 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#14 Gilmore Racing [Foyt Enterprises]
80 1h 17m 53.120s
2 Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [001] - Cosworth DFX V8
#21 American Wheels [Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing]
(see note 1)
80 Finished
3 Duane "Pancho" Carter Eagle 77 [7701] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#48 Jorgensen Steel [AAR] (see note 2)
79 Flagged
4 Tom Bigelow Eagle 74 [7403?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#24 Thermo-King [Leader Card] (see note 3)
78 Flagged
5 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#20 Goodyear [Patrick Racing] (see note 4)
78 Flagged
6 Dick Simon Vollstedt 73/76 [13] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#17 Payne Air Conditioning [Vollstedt Enterprises]
(see note 5)
77 Flagged
7 Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] - Cosworth DFX V8
#25 Interscope (see note 6)
77 Flagged
8 Vern Schuppan Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#85 Wildcat Racing [Frank Curtis]
(see note 7)
77 Flagged
9 Bill Simpson McLaren M16C [4?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#38 Theodore Racing (see note 8)
77 Flagged
10 Gary Bettenhausen Eagle 73 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#99 Joe Hunt Magneto [Joe Hunt]
(see note 9)
76 Flagged
11 Todd Gibson Eagle 74 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#22 Routh Meat [Richard Routh] (see note 10)
76 Flagged
12 Cliff Hucul McLaren M16E [2] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#29 Katke Racing (see note 11)
75 Flagged
13 Larry Dickson McLaren M16E [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#80 WKYG Radio/Polak [Russ Polak]
(see note 12)
71 Burned piston
14 Tom Sneva McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8
#8 Norton Spirit [Penske Racing]
(see note 13)
64 Burned piston
15 Bobby Unser Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#6 Insta-Tune [Fletcher Racing]
(see note 14)
52 Poor handling
16 Mike Mosley Eagle 74 [7407] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#5 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
(see note 15)
50 Burned piston
17 Lloyd Ruby Eagle 74/76 - AMC 209 ci turbo V8
#73 Hodgdon [Warner Hodgdon] (see note 16)
47 Broken torsion bar
18 Wally Dallenbach Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#40 Goodyear [Patrick Racing] (see note 17)
46 Blown engine
19 Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#86 Frostie Root Beer [Al Loquasto Sr.]
(see note 18)
45 Burned clutch
20 Billy Vukovich Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#15 Alex Foods [Alex Morales] (see note 19)
27 Magneto
21 Steve Krisiloff McLaren M16C [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#39 Theodore Racing (see note 20)
15 Clutch
22 Roger McCluskey Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#11 First National Travelers Check [Lindsey Hopkins]
(see note 21)
13 Blown engine
23 David "Salt" Walther McLaren M16C/D [6] - DGS 158 ci turbo
#77 Dayton-Walther [George Walther]
(see note 22)
12 Burned piston
24 Rick Mears Eagle 72 [7225] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#90 Eastside Cafe [Art Sugai] (see note 23)
11 Burned piston
25 Johnny Rutherford McLaren M24 [001] - Cosworth DFX V8
#2 1st National Travel Check [Team McLaren]
8 Valve
26 Spike Gehlhausen McLaren M16B [2] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#19 PV Corp [Carl Gehlhausen] (see note 24)
2 Wrecked backstretch
DNS Johnny Parsons Jr Eagle 74 [7403?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#23 Leader Card (see note 25)
Did not start
(Withdrew, qual 20th)
DNS Janet Guthrie Lightning Mk1/76 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#27 Payne Air Conditioning [Rolla Vollstedt]
(see note 26)
Did not start
(Blew engine practice)
DNSC Johnny Parsons Jr Eagle 72 [7205] - AMC Rambler
#57 Crower [Bruce H. Crower] (see note 27)
Did not start (crashed)
AP Alan Jones McLaren M16C [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#39 Theodore Racing (see note 28)
Also practiced
Qualifying
1 Johnny Rutherford McLaren M24 [001] - Cosworth DFX V8
2 Tom Sneva McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8
3 Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [001] - Cosworth DFX V8
4 Roger McCluskey Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
5 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
6 AJ Foyt Coyote 75 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
7 Duane "Pancho" Carter Eagle 77 [7701] - Offy 159 ci turbo
8 Mike Mosley Eagle 74 [7407] - Offy 159 ci turbo
9 Tom Bigelow Eagle 74 [7403?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
10 Wally Dallenbach Wildcat Mk 2 - DGS 158 ci turbo
11 Bobby Unser Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
12 David "Salt" Walther McLaren M16C/D [6] - DGS 158 ci turbo
13 Lloyd Ruby Eagle 74/76 - AMC 209 ci turbo V8
14 Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] - Cosworth DFX V8
15 Rick Mears Eagle 72 [7225] - Offy 159 ci turbo
16 Larry Dickson McLaren M16E [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
17 Vern Schuppan Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
18 Bill Simpson McLaren M16C [4?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
19 Dick Simon Vollstedt 73/76 [13] - Offy 159 ci turbo
20 Spike Gehlhausen McLaren M16B [2] - Offy 159 ci turbo
21 Gary Bettenhausen Eagle 73 - Offy 159 ci turbo
22 Todd Gibson Eagle 74 - DGS 158 ci turbo
23 Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
24 Billy Vukovich Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
25 Steve Krisiloff McLaren M16C [3] - Offy 159 ci turbo
26 Cliff Hucul McLaren M16E [2] - Offy 159 ci turbo
28 Johnny Parsons Jr * Eagle 74 [7403?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
29 Janet Guthrie * Lightning Mk1/76 - Offy 159 ci turbo
30 Johnny Parsons Jr * Eagle 72 [7205] - AMC Rambler
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Parnelli VPJ-6B [001] (Al Unser): The original 1975 Parnelli was also Unser's primary car at the 1976 Indy 500 and the 1977 Indy 500 (Hungness yearbooks) and wore #21 throughout. Assumed to be Unser's #21 car throughout 1976 and, as Formula refers to the cars "remaining much as was last season", presumed to be the car used in the early 1977 races. Unser had a backup (also #21) at the 1977 Indy 500 but, with this backup written off, Unser must have used this car at Milwaukee and also, according to race reports, at the Pocono 500 (Formula Sep 1977 p42), California 500 (Formula Nov 1977 p35 where the winner is listed in the results as a VPJ6B), Michigan (Autocourse p238) and Phoenix (Autocourse). In between Pocono and Ontario, Unser may have driven the VPJ6C.
  2. Eagle 77 [7701] (Duane "Pancho" Carter): AAR's new offset chassis 1977 Eagle was driven by Duane 'Pancho' Carter as the #48 Jorgensen Steel entry that season. Carter lost confidence in the car and left the team after the California 500. The car was abandoned and AAR used a Lightning for the first few races of 1978 before a new car was built. It was then retained by Gurney as part of AAR's collection of racing cars and remained on display at the AAR premises in Santa Ana. By 2014 it had been restored with a genuine 19-degree AAR engine located by Eagle owner Philippe de Lespinay.
  3. Eagle 74 [7403?] (Tom Bigelow): New to Patrick Racing and identified by an Indianapolis 'Laycock card' as Wally Dallenbach's #40 STP entry in 1974. Given the early construction date, marked as January on the chassis plate, this car is assumed to be Dallenbach's ride from the start of 1974. Presumably his early-1975 car before the new Wildcats were ready. At Indy 1975 as the #60 spare. Sold to Leader Card Racers for 1976 and George Snider's #23 Hubler Chevrolet ride in that year's 500. Also for Mike Hiss at Ontario. Retained for 1977 and the #64 at the Indy 500 but thought to be the #23 at other races. Retained again for 1978 but wrecked in Tom Bigelow's accident at Mosport Park in June. Bought from AJ Watson by somecalled Al in Grand Rapid, Michigan and sold by him to Bill Wiswedel (Holland, Michigan) around 2000-2004.
  4. Wildcat Mk 2 (Gordon Johncock): A new Mk 2 for Gordon Johncock to race at long track in 1977. Then became Steve Krisiloff's #40 car in 1978 until he wrecked it at Ontario in September. He had to use the unloved Drake V8-powered Mk 4 for the rest of the season, indicating that Patrick Racing had no Mk 2s left.
  5. Vollstedt 73/76 [13] (Dick Simon): 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.
  6. Parnelli VPJ-6B [002?] (Danny Ongais): 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).
  7. Wildcat Mk 1 (Vern Schuppan): 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.
  8. McLaren M16C [4?] (Bill Simpson): 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.
  9. Eagle 73 (Gary Bettenhausen): After running a 1969 Gerhardt for many years, Joe Hunt acquired a 1973 Eagle during the 1975 season and then ran that car until 1981. It first appeared either at Phoenix at the end of 1975 or at the Indy 500 in 1976 but as Hunt's Gerhardt was sometimes described as an Eagle, photographs are needed to make sure. A photograph in the Hungness Yearbook shows the Eagle to be a 1973 model as it has the rearward-angled rollhoop and high front NACA duct of the '73 and '74 cars but shows evidence of a blanked-off second fuel filler which must mean it is from 1973. John Martin raced for Hunt at Phoenix and Rick Muther drove the Eagle at the 1976 Indy 500, after which it was driven by Gary Bettenhausen, Bob Harkey and Phil Krueger up to 1979. It was then rebuilt with 355 ci Chevrolet V8 for 1981 but was crashed heavily at the 1981 Indy 500. It is believed that Hunt acquired a different 1973 Eagle to continue racing.
  10. Eagle 74 (Todd Gibson): 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..
  11. McLaren M16E [2] (Cliff Hucul): New in 1975 for McLaren Cars and raced by Lloyd Ruby at the Indy 500 as the #7 Allied Polymer car. Johnny Rutherford took over this car after Pocono and used it for the rest of the season as his #2 Gatorade entry. Used again at long track in 1976 as the #2 Hy-Gain car and won the Indy 500 as well as finishing second at Michigan and Ontario, and winning at TWS. To Cliff Hucul for 1977 as the #29 Hunter Racing ot Team Canada entry, and in 1978 as the Wendy's Hamburgers entry. Raced again by Hucul in 1979 but described then as a M16C/D. Not raced again but seen in Aat Groenevelt's garage at Indy in 1985 still in Hucul livery. Then unknown until loaned to Ken Behring's Behring Auto Musem (Danville, CA) in 1988 but the museum, now called the Blackhawk Museum, cannot recall who owned it. It left the museum in mid-1990s and nothing further is known until 2004, when a M16E was on display in the Samsung Transportation Museum (Yongin, South Korea). However, at the same time a Miller show car looking just like a M16E was in Don Smith's '500 Museum of Wheels' in Terre Haute, IN. Which one is M16E/2 is not clear.
  12. McLaren M16E [1] (Larry Dickson): New in 1975 for McLaren Cars main driver Johnny Rutherford as the #2 Gatorade entry. Raced at the three 500 mile events that year but Rutherford then moved to M16E-2 and this car was next seen at Michigan in 1976 when it was entered by Russ Polak's Polak Racing as the #80 for Larry Dickson. Raced by Dickson until the end of 1977. Then almost certainly the McLaren entered by Jack L. Rhoades as the #20 Scientific Drilling Controls car for John Martin at the 500 mile races in 1979 and for Dana Carter at Indy in 1980. Returned to Indy in 1981 as the #52 Rassey Engines car for Larry Rice. Then unknown until advertised in the late 1980s by Stephen A. Schwartz (Westport, CT), totally restored and in its original Gatorade livery. It was reacquired by McLaren and put on display in the Donington Museum for many years. It was at McLaren HQ in Woking in 2010.
  13. McLaren M24 (Tom Sneva): New to Penske Racing in 1977 for Tom Sneva to drive as the #8 Norton Spirit entry. Sold to George Walther for his son Salt Walther to drive in 1978, and identified by the Hungness yearbook as the car driven by Salt Walther at the 1978 "500". Walther also had the ex-Andretti M24, and exactly how he used the two cars in 1978 is not yet known. Walther acquired Penske PC6s for 1979, but it appears that both M24s were retained that year. It is said that George Walther traded this car back to Roger Penske in 1989, when Walther was trying to acquire two 1988 Penskes. The car was restored back to Sneva's 1977 livery and placed in the Penske Racing Museum.
  14. Lightning Mk1/77 (Bobby Unser): Bob Fletcher's Cobre Tire team appears to have had the first 1977 Lightning to be sold for Bobby Unser. At the end of the season, the car appeared as Phoenix with a Cosworth DFX and Unser dominated the race until problems with pit stops. It is presumed that he drove this car all season. Pancho Carter joined the team for 1978 and had a massive testing accident in a Fletcher Lighting-Cosworth in December (Autosport 25 May 1978 p32). However, the #8 Budweiser car raced by Carter at the 1978 Indy 500 is said to be the same car Unser drove in 1977 (Hungness) and also the car raced by Schuppan at Texas and Trenton prior to Indy (Autosport 25 May 1978 p32). Presumed to be the same Lightning Carter drove later in 1978. Also presumed to be the #7 car for Steve Krisiloff in 1979 becoming the #55 Fletcher Lightning-DFX for Spike Gehlhausen from Ontario onwards.
  15. 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 Isk├╝l 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.
  16. Eagle 74/76 (Lloyd Ruby): Fred W. Carrillo, formerly of Champ Carr Enterprises, had entered a "1974" Eagle in 1975 and then with a 209 ci turbocharged AMC V8 engine in 1976. For 1977 he appeared with a new car said to be built in 1976 on a 1974 Eagle tub, still powered by the AMC engine. This car was entered as the #73 Carillo Rods car for Jim McElreath. Also (almost certainly) the Warner Hodgdon #11 entry for Roger McCluskey through 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. 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.
  20. McLaren M16C [3] (Steve Krisiloff): To Roger Penske for Gary Bettenhausen to drive during the 1973 season as the #5 Sunoco DX car, and used by him at all races that season. Entered for Mike Hiss as the #68 Norton Spirit entry at Indianapolis and Michigan in 1974. Then the #16 CAM2 Motor Oil entry for Bobby Allison at four long-track races in 1975. Then raced by Mario Andretti for Penske as the #6 in 1976 at the Indy 500 and Pocono. Sold to Bill Simpson later in 1976 (still as #6) together with M16C/4. It then became part of Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing team in 1977 as their #39 but was crashed very heavily by Clay Regazzoni in Indy practice. The wrecked car was cubed by Yip.
  21. Lightning Mk1/77 (Roger McCluskey): New to Lindsey Hopkins and entered in 1977 as the #11 First National Travelers Check car for driver Roger McCluskey. Hopkins had a second 1977 Lightning, the #10 car used by Lloyd Ruby at the Indy 500, and exactly how these two cars were used in 1977 is not known with certainty. This car was sold to Patrick Santello for 1978 and appeared at the Indy 500 as the #35 car for Larry Rice, but Rice used the team's old 1974 Eagle at other races that season, and the Lightning's only other outing in 1978 was when raced by Vern Schuppan at Texas World Speedway in August. Retained by Santello in 1979 as the #35 S&M Electric entry for Rice and Tim Richmond. Sold to Jack Lang's Pacific Coast Racing for 1980 and raced as the #86 entry by Al Loquasto at Pocono and Jeff Heywood at Ontario. Then unknown until acquired by World Speedway Champion Barry Briggs in 1988, still in "as raced" yellow #86 livery. Later restored to its 1978 #35 livery, and ran at Indy in May and June 2016. Advertised for sale in May 2018.
  22. 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).
  23. Eagle 72 [7225] (Rick Mears): To Roger Penske for Mark Donohue to drive as the #66 Sunoco DX car at the three 500 mile races in 1973. It was then driven by Gary Bettenhausen as the #5 Sunoco DX car in place of his usual McLaren M16C at Phoenix in November 1973 and again at Phoenix in March 1974. For 1976, the car was sold to Bill Simpson and raced as his #38 Nikon car until September that year when it was sold to Arthur E. 'Art' Sugai (Ontario, OR) and became the #90 Eastside Café car for Rick Mears. Raced by Mears, Steve Krisiloff and Bubby Jones in 1977. Sold to collector/dealer Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) in May 1980 and retained by him until purchased by Rick and Alison Dresang (Hartford, WI) in August 2004. Fully restored, and maintained by Kettle Moraine Preservation & Restoration.
  24. McLaren M16B [2] (Spike Gehlhausen): McLaren Cars 1972 for Peter Revson (#12), and raced at the Indy 500, Pocono and Ontario. Also raced by Gordie Johncock at Trenton in September after his usual M16B/3 had been wrecked at Ontario. To Lindsey Hopkins for Roger McCluskey to race in 1973 as the #3 Hopkins Buick entry, but McCluskey raced his older M16A at the 1973 Indy 500. The M16B was McCluskey's usual short-track car during 1973, taking McCluskey to the USAC National Championship. Both M16s were retained for 1974 as backups to Hopkins' new Riley-built 'English Leather' car, but exactly how they were used remains unknown. This car was used at Trenton in 1975, and then entered for Graham McRae at the 1975 Indy 500, but he could not qualify. Sold to Carl Gehlhausen for Spike Gehlhausen to drive in 1976 (#19 Spirit of Indiana) and 1977 (#19 PV Corp) but crashed at Ontario, Indy and Pocono in 1977 with serious damage each time. Replaced with an Eagle in mid-1977. Acquired from Gehlhausen by Chuck Haines some time in the 1980s, and restored by Gehlhausen's chief mechanic Eddie Baue and Walter Goodwin. This is then believed to be the #86 "ex-Revson" McLaren used by Gene Wagner (Atlanta, GA) in US vintage racing between 1988 and 1990.
  25. Eagle 74 [7403?] (Johnny Parsons Jr): Mosley's #98 1974 Indy 500 drive for the Lodestar/Leader/Agajanian/Watson combine and identified in a letter from AAR to USAC in Feb 1974 as 7417. Said to be the #98 for Steve Krisiloff in 1975 but the #98 picture in the 1975 yearbook is clearly a 1972 car. Could this be the car Krisiloff wrecked at Phoenix at the end of 1974? It might also be the one he "damaged extensively" in practice at the 1975 Indy (6 May - see trackside report); although the 14 May trackside report says this car was rebuilt, it is an older '72 car that Krisiloff races. Later in 1975, Agajanian left Lodestar/Leader/Watson taking his #97/#98 numbers with him and joined Grant King. Krisiloff's Lodestar/Leader/Watson Eagle then took #10 for the rest of 1975, then moved to the #23/#24 numbers in 1976. Krisiloff may have raced the '74 car later in 1975 but it is not yet known how long the car took to rebuild. At Indy in 1976, Tom Bigelow is bumped in the Leader Card #24 entry which looks like a '74 Eagle but is modified around the front suspension. Maybe 7417 with suitable repairs? Again, the usage of this car in 1976 cannot yet be determined. In 1977, Joe Saldana was bumped in the #64 Leader Card entry, a standard-looking Eagle 74. A picture shows that Saldana's #23 car at the next race was also a '74 Eagle. Finally, at the 1978 Indy 500, Tom Bagley is pictured in Hungness driving a '74 Eagle in practice. Subsequent history unknown.
  26. Lightning Mk1/76 (Janet Guthrie): The original Lightning went to the Vollstedt team in 1977 for Janet Guthrie and then Phil Threshie for 1978 (Hungness). Presumably also the car driven by Dick Simon as the #17 or #27 entry (normal Vollstedt numbers) at odd races in 1977. Raced by Phil Threshie in 1978 but wrecked at Michigan and again at Ontario. Later owned by Nick Pappas (Oregon City, OR) and sold by him to Bob Boyce (Michigan City, IN). Later to Bob McConnell (Urbana, OH).
  27. Eagle 72 [7205] (Johnny Parsons Jr): AAR's third team car in 1972 and entered at the Indy 500 as the #48 Mystery Eagle for Jerry Grant. Also raced by Grant at other races that season, taking pole position at Ontario with the first official lap at over 200 mph. The car was sold to engine specialist Bruce H. Crower for 1973 and entered as his #23 Crower Cams car as a test bed for various Chevrolet engine projects over the next three seasons. In late 1976, the car returned again as the #57, powered by Crower's own flat-6 engine. Crower then acquired a 1974 Eagle for 1978 and the '72 car was retired.
  28. McLaren M16C [3] (Alan Jones): To Roger Penske for Gary Bettenhausen to drive during the 1973 season as the #5 Sunoco DX car, and used by him at all races that season. Entered for Mike Hiss as the #68 Norton Spirit entry at Indianapolis and Michigan in 1974. Then the #16 CAM2 Motor Oil entry for Bobby Allison at four long-track races in 1975. Then raced by Mario Andretti for Penske as the #6 in 1976 at the Indy 500 and Pocono. Sold to Bill Simpson later in 1976 (still as #6) together with M16C/4. It then became part of Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing team in 1977 as their #39 but was crashed very heavily by Clay Regazzoni in Indy practice. The wrecked car was cubed by Yip.

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.