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1972 California 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 8 of 10
Sunday, September 3, 1972 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: n/a
Average Speed: 151.54 mph
Pole Speed: 199.6 mph
Cautions: 11 for 57 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1972 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1972 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
33 148   Jerry Grant Olsonite   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy011,041engine0 
23 212   Peter Revson Gulf   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy818,963oil pressure0 
13 324   Gordon Johncock Gulf   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy16915,550crash94 
31 44   Al Unser Viceroy   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy275,793throttle0 
27 59   Mario Andretti Viceroy   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy527,378engine0 
30 62   A.J. Foyt ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt289,502differential27 
12 752   Jimmy Caruthers Wynn's   (Gene White)Atlanta / Offy1719,759water line050
1 814   Roger McCluskey American Marine   (Lindsey Hopkins)McLaren / Offy200131,081running401000
16 91   Joe Leonard Samsonite   (Ralph Wilke)Parnelli / Offy1629,133piston0 
51098   Mike Mosley Vivitar   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy19523,609transmission23500
41184   Sammy Sessions ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19625,569running0600
191234   Sam Posey Norris Industries   (Champ Carr Inc.)Eagle / Offy1238,298ignition0 
3133   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy19943,659running5700
111415   Steve Krisiloff RAC   (Grant King)King / Offy17810,594running0100
181568   John Mahler Roy Woods Racing   (Roy Woods)McLaren / Offy1348,507crash0 
17165   Lloyd Ruby Wynn's   (Gene White)Lola / Foyt1498,715turbocharger0 
251727   Dennis Zimmerman Bryant Heating & Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy587,045oil pressure0 
61877   Salt Walther Dayton Steel Wheel   (George Walther)McLaren / Offy19517,287running0400
201918   Swede Savage Michner Industries   (Pat Patrick-Walt Michner)Brabham / Offy1188,089turbocharger0 
22066   Mike Hiss Sunoco DX   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy19970,409running0800
262110   Lee Kunzman Gilmore Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Eagle / Offy566,837spun out0 
82229   George Snider MVS Inc.Coyote / Foyt19213,099running0250
24236   Bobby Unser Olsonite   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy738,254engine11 
102416   Johnny Rutherford Thermo King   (Don Gerhardt)Eagle / Offy17811,429differential0150
292583   Jerry Karl Oriente Express   (Smokey Yunick)Eagle / Chevy456,210transmission0 
282623   Mel Kenyon Gilmore Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Eagle / Offy486,419differential0 
142761   Carl Williams Eisenhour-Brayton Racing TeamCoyote / Foyt1649,342throttle0 
322889   John Martin Automotive TechnologyBrabham / Offy195,584piston0 
92928   Bill Simpson St. Louis   (Bill Simpson)Eagle / Offy18312,264running0200
153097   Rick Muther Vivitar   (Vel Miletich)Eagle / Offy1628,924running0 
73120   Art Pollard STP Oil Filter   (Andy Granatelli)Lola / Foyt19413,934running0300
213240   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Andy Granatelli)Lola / Foyt1097,880valve0 
223394   Johnny Parsons Niagara Falls Wine   (Tassi Vatis)Finley / Offy887,672valve0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Billy Vukovich, Jr.32Sugaripe Prune
Greg Weld37Alex's XLNT Foods
Al Loquasto43Martin Guitar

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
133  
4107   jackrabbits turn 2 
11111  
12154   jackrabbits backstretch 
16205  
21255   #28 spun turn 4 
26305  
31344   #2 tow-in 
356127  
62687   rain 
69735  
74763   #6 engine 
77782   rain 
799416  
95984   #94 stalled turn 2 
9912527  
1261338   #34 tow-in 
1341374  
1381458   #68 accident turn 2 
14617025  
1711755   #24 accident turn 3 
17620025  
  Percent of race run under caution: 28.5%             Average green flag run: 13.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  A.J. Foyt12727
  Gordon Johncock28314
  Mike Mosley32398
  Billy Vukovich, Jr.40445
  Bobby Unser455511
  Gordon Johncock5612873
  Mike Mosley12914315
  Gordon Johncock14416017
  Roger McCluskey16120040