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1977 Michigan Grand Prix


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 13 of 14
Saturday, September 17, 1977 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
75 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (150.0 miles)

Time of race: 0:51:21
Average Speed: 175.25 mph
Pole Speed: 200.949 mph
Cautions: 1 for 5 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 4

Glossary    1977 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1977 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 720   Gordon Johncock STP Double Oil Filter   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS7515,289running5300
2 42   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth749,121out of fuel0240
3 640   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS746,045running0210
4 521   Al Unser American Racing Wheels   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth724,327half shaft16180
51274   Jim McElreath AMC Experimental   (Warner Hodgdon)Eagle / AMC723,899running0150
61780   Larry Dickson WKYG Radio   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Offy713,472running0120
7 811   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy713,358running090
81138   Rick Mears Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy713,044running075
91978   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy712,830running060
10 38   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth692,616out of fuel045
111586   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy692,510running030
12 985   Larry Cannon Cannon Brothers   (Larry Cannon)Wildcat / DGS692,403running015
131019   Spike Gehlhausen PV Corp   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy692,296piston0 
141630   Johnny Parsons Caesar's Palace   (Thunder Racing)McLaren / Offy682,189running0 
152024   Tom Bigelow Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy682,082running0 
161465   Lee Kunzman S&M Electric   (Patrick Santello)Eagle / Offy592,018piston0 
17 125   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth562,975clutch54 
18135   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Lightning / Offy541,932engine0 
192126   Jim McElreath AMAX Energy   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy241,890handling0 
20 29   Mario Andretti CAM2 Motor Oil   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth211,847clutch0 
211823   George Snider Leader Card   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy11,826fuel pump0 
222269   Joe Saldana Hoffman Racing   (Richard Hoffman)Eagle / Offy01,804engine0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Jerry Sneva36Bidwell
Bertil Roos42Mergard Racing
Salt Walther77Dayton-Walther
Bubby Jones90Eastside Cafe

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11818  
19235   #85 spun 
247552  
  Percent of race run under caution: 6.7%             Average green flag run: 35.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Danny Ongais11919
  Al Unser20201
  Danny Ongais215535
  Al Unser567015
  Gordon Johncock71755

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 3965    
2   Johnny Rutherford 2840   -1125  
3   A.J. Foyt 2840   -1125  
4   Al Unser 2790   -1175  
5   Gordon Johncock 2530   -1435  
6   Wally Dallenbach 2515   -1450  
7   Mario Andretti 1400   -2565  
8   Tom Bigelow 1370   -2595  
9   Pancho Carter 1210   -2755  
10   Mike Mosley 1030   -2935  
11   Danny Ongais 920   -3045  
12   Bobby Olivero 920   -3045  
13   Gary Bettenhausen 850   -3115  
14   Johnny Parsons 840   -3125  
15   Roger McCluskey 790   -3175  
16   Jim McElreath 770   -3195  
17   Larry Dickson 740   -3225  
18   Lee Kunzman 700   -3265  
19   Todd Gibson 600   -3365  
20   Vern Schuppan 575   -3390