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Trenton 200

Trenton International Speedway, 24 Sep 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
DNC Johnny Rutherford McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8
#2 1st National Travel Check [Team McLaren]
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Mike Mosley Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#5 Sugaripe Prune [Jerry O'Connell]
(see note 1)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Tom Sneva McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8
#8 Norton Spirit [Penske Racing]
(see note 2)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Mario Andretti McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8
#9 CAM2 Motor Oil [Penske Racing]
(see note 3)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Roger McCluskey Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#11 First National Travelers Check [Lindsey Hopkins]
(see note 4)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC AJ Foyt Coyote 74 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8
#14 [Foyt Enterprises] (see note 5)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Dick Simon Vollstedt 77 [14] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#17 [Vollstedt Enterprises]
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC George Snider Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#18 Longhorn Racing [Bobby Hillin]
(see note 6)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Spike Gehlhausen Eagle 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#19 PV Corp [Carl Gehlhausen] (see note 7)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Gordon Johncock Wildcat - DGS 158 ci turbo
#20 STP Double Oil Filter [Patrick Racing]
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Al Unser Parnelli VPJ-6B [001] - Cosworth DFX V8
#21 American Racing [Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing]
(see note 8)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Tom Bigelow Watson 77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#24 [Leader Card] (see note 9)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ-6B [002-2?] - Cosworth DFX V8
#25 Interscope Racing (see note 10)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Janet Guthrie Lightning Mk1/76 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#27 [Rolla Vollstedt] (see note 11)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Rick Mears McLaren M16C [4] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#38 Theodore Racing (see note 12)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Wally Dallenbach Wildcat - DGS 158 ci turbo
#40 STP Oil Treatment [Patrick Racing]
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Bertil Roos Eagle 72 [7204] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#42 Mergard Racing [Donald Mergard]
(see note 13)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Jerry Sneva RasCar-Atlanta 74 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#63 [James C. Bidwell?]
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Joe Saldana Eagle 72 [7221] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#69 Hoffman Racing (see note 14)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Ed Finley Antares 72 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#70 [B&M] (see note 15)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC James McElreath Eagle 74/76 - AMC 209 ci turbo V8
#74 AMC Experimental [McElreath]
(see note 16)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC David "Salt" Walther McLaren M16C/D [6] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#77 Dayton-Walther [George Walther]
(see note 17)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Bobby Olivero Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#78 Alex Foods [Alex Morales] (see note 18)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Larry Dickson McLaren M16E [1] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#80 WKYG Radio/Polak [Russ Polak]
(see note 19)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Larry Cannon Wildcat Mk 1 - DGS 158 ci turbo
#85 Cannon Brothers [Larry Cannon]
(see note 20)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Al Loquasto McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#86 Frostie Root Beer [Al Loquasto Sr.]
(see note 21)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Bubby Jones Eagle 72 [7225] - Offy 159 ci turbo
#90 [Eastside Café/Art Sugai] (see note 22)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Gary Bettenhausen Dragon 76 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#98 Agajanian [Agajanian/King]
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Jack Owens Coyote 71 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
(see note 23)
Practice only - race cancelled
DNC Johnny Parsons Jr unknown
Unknown
Practice only - race cancelled
DNA Bobby Unser Lightning Mk1/77 - Cosworth DFX V8
#6 [Fletcher Racing Team]
Did not arrive
DNA Bobby Unser Lightning Mk1/77 - Offy 159 ci turbo
[Fletcher Racing Team] (see note 24)
Did not arrive
Qualifying
1 Al Unser * Parnelli VPJ-6B [001] - Cosworth DFX V8 32.18s
2 Mario Andretti * McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8 32.37s
3 Johnny Rutherford * McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8 32.39s
4 Gordon Johncock * Wildcat - DGS 158 ci turbo 32.39s
5 AJ Foyt * Coyote 74 - Foyt-Ford 159ci quad cam turbo V8 time not reported
- Danny Ongais * Parnelli VPJ-6B [002-2?] - Cosworth DFX V8 32.65s
- Tom Sneva * McLaren M24 - Cosworth DFX V8 32.73s
- Wally Dallenbach * Wildcat - DGS 158 ci turbo 32.91s
- Johnny Parsons Jr * unknown 32.74s
- Al Loquasto * McLaren M16C [M16-1?] - Offy 159 ci turbo 35.45s
- Janet Guthrie * Lightning Mk1/76 - Offy 159 ci turbo 36.51s
- Ed Finley * Antares 72 - Offy 159 ci turbo 40.62s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lightning Mk1/77 (Mike Mosley): New to Jerry O'Connell's team for 1977 and entered as the #5 Sugaripe Prune car for Mike Mosley. The team used an older 1974 Eagle at some events that year and the Lightning was also raced by Johnny Parsons at Texas. It was fitted with a Cosworth DFX and became the team's spare car for 1978 after O'Connell acquired a McLaren M24 for Wally Dallenbach and would be the Lightning-DFX driven by Billy Vukovich (#32 Sugaripe Prune) as a second team entry at Ontario and finally by Dallenbach (#6 Sugaripe Prune) at Trenton at the end of 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. 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.
  3. McLaren M24 (Mario Andretti): New to Penske Racing in 1977 for Mario Andretti to drive as the #9 CAM2 Motor Oil entry. Sold to George Walther for his son Salt Walther to drive in 1978 and 1979. Then to Tom Franz for 1980, but only appeared at the Indy 500, where he did not qualify, and then to Don Mergard for 1981, who entered it for Phil Threshie and later for Teddy Pilette. Threshie failed to qualify for the Indy 500 in 1981, and Pilette failed again in 1982. Mergard advertised the car in February 1982 as being "ex-Andretti".
  4. 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.
  5. 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)?
  6. Wildcat Mk 1 (George Snider): 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.
  7. Eagle 74 (Spike Gehlhausen): 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Watson 77 (Tom Bigelow): Sheldon Kinser started 1978 with the only Watson, presumably the team's 1977 car. Kinser then took the 1978 car for the Indy 500 but only Bagley drove the next race (Mosport) and by the time Kinser returned at Pocono, he was in the 77 car (ditto at Ontario). Assumed to have been driven by Kinser for the rest of the year. Maybe then Kinser's #24 through 1979 and then maybe the basis of his #24 Watson-DFX through 1980.
  10. Parnelli VPJ-6B [002-2?] (Danny Ongais): Danny Ongais' original Parnelli VPJ6B was written off at Milwaukee in June 1977 and he had a new car for the Pocono 500 later that month. This new car is presumed to be the one he used for the rest of 1977 and is also presumed to be the 1977 Parnelli that was one of Ongais' two cars at the Speedway in 1978 (Autosport 25 May 1978 p31) and his race car (Hungness). However, Ongais is said to have wrecked his older car and resumed in his regular car (Autosport), which casts doubt on the Hungness identification of the 1977 car as his race car.
  11. 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).
  12. McLaren M16C [4] (Rick Mears): 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.
  13. Eagle 72 [7204] (Bertil Roos): One of two 1972 Eagles bought new by Jerry O'Connell's Sugaripe Prune team and raced by Billy Vukovich as the #3 entry in 1972. As the later history of 7207 is known from an invoice, and as the cars have distinct differences that can be seen in photographs, 7204 can be safely identified as Vukovich's 1972 Indy 500 car, after which it swapped roles with 7207 and became his short track car. It remained his short track car in 1973, and is then believed to have raced just twice in 1974. Sold to Donald Mergard and very probably the car raced by Bob Harkey as Mergard Racing's #42 entry at Michigan late that season. Retained by Mergard for another six seasons, racing as the #42 with numerous drivers and sponors. In 1981, this car appears to have become Tom Frantz' #71 entry for Bob Frey. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. Eagle 72 [7221] (Joe Saldana): 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).
  15. Antares 72 (Ed Finley): Sold to Lindsey Hopkins and entered at the 1972 Indy 500 as the #10 Gilmore Racing car for Wally Dallenbach. Dallenbach qualified Hopkins' 1970 Eagle for the race instead of the Antares but was forced into the Antares when the Eagle was bumped. The Offy engine blew during its qualifying run so it did not make the race. According to a history written by Kevin Triplett, this car and the Swede Savage car were returned to Antares Engineering and remained there until the two cars were bought by Ed Finley, Gary Miller and Keith Shuck in 1975. This ex-Dallenbach car was not used in 1976 but returned to the Indy 500 in 1977 when Ken Mahoney and Doug Beiderstedt had joined as part owners. Raced by Ed Finley in 1977 and 1978, then in 1979 by Frank Weiss and Eldon Rasmussen who managed to qualify it for the 1979 Indy 500. Reappaered a handful of times in 1980 and 1981 and then sat at the workshop of Ken Mahoney (Peru, IL) for some years. In 2012, the car was fully restored in 1981 Roman Wheels #87 livery and owned by Bob McConnell (Urbana, OH).
  16. Eagle 74/76 (James McElreath): 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. 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).
  18. Lightning Mk1/77 (Bobby Olivero): New to Alex Morales for 1977 and entered as the #78 Alex Foods car for Bobby Olivero. Presumably his #78 car for the rest of the season but it is possible that the sister #15 car was also used as the #78 at some points during 1977. Then the #78 Alex Foods car for Max Mosley in 1978 and presumed to be the same #78 car he uses all season but it is again qyuite likely that the sister car was used somewhere. This was then Pancho Carter's Offy-powered #10 Alex XLNT Foods car at the 1979 Indy 500 and as the sister car had been converted to Drake V8 power, this is presumably the Offy car he used through 1979. As the Drake car was converted to a Cosworth DFX and retained for 1980, this Offy car would be the car sold to John Menard's team and entered as the #28 for Herm Johnson in 1980, still with Offy power, and again in 1981 with a Chevrolet stock block engine. Returned to the Indy 500 in 1982 and 1983 as the #88 Frito-Lay Racer but did not qualify. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. 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.
  20. Wildcat Mk 1 (Larry Cannon): 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. 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).
  22. Eagle 72 [7225] (Bubby Jones): 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.

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.