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1976 California 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 10 of 13
Sunday, September 5, 1976 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:29:26
Average Speed: 143.246 mph
Pole Speed: 190.416 mph
Cautions: 9 for 56 laps
Margin of Victory: 2.54 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 17

Glossary    1976 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1976 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
23 114   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt777,581oil pressure14 
21 27   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Hopkins / Offy1193,916valve spring0 
26 368   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy603,526ignition2 
29 448   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Earle Jorgensen)Eagle / Offy542,966crash0 
4 540   Wally Dallenbach Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19817,111running36600
3 620   Gordon Johncock Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS20029,561running69700
2 72   Johnny Rutherford Hy-Gain   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy20038,036running24800
32 821   Al Unser American Racing Wheels   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth132,611engine0 
15 912   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy1854,631oil tank0 
1103   Bobby Unser Cobre Tire   (Robert Fletcher)Eagle / Offy20078,386running531000
281125   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth543,086crash0 
51224   Tom Bigelow Leader Card   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy1969,961running0500
161345   Steve Krisiloff Thermo King   (Don Gerhardt)Eagle / Offy1814,511running0 
14146   Bill Simpson Nikon   (Bill Simpson)McLaren / Offy1874,946running2 
101573   Jerry Grant California-Oklahoma   (Fred Carrillo)Eagle / AMC1915,936running0150
24165   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy753,561crash0 
221777   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Offy953,801engine0 
301817   Dick Simon Payne Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy322,846piston0 
201965   Lee Kunzman Expo AD   (Patrick Santello)Eagle / Offy1334,036piston0 
82038   Rick Mears Do-It Wax System   (Bill Simpson)Eagle / Offy1926,886running0250
122197   Sheldon Kinser Dave McIntire   (Agajanian-King)King / Offy1904,986running050
272299   Gary Bettenhausen Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy563,206engine0 
62318   Jan Opperman Spirit of Truth   (Bobby Hillin)Eagle / Offy1948,076running0400
182498   John Martin Genesee Beer   (Agajanian-Hammond-King)King / Offy1474,271rear end0 
252576   John Mahler Webster Racing   (Marvin Webster)Webster / Offy633,441crash0 
72683   Bill Puterbaugh McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Eagle / Offy1937,361running0300
92778   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy1926,411running0200
172844   Roger Rager Robyn CB   (Dick Simon)Eagle / Foyt1614,391oil pressure0 
192923   Mike Hiss Hodgdon GMC   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy1344,156ignition0 
133019   Spike Gehlhausen Spirit of Indiana   (Carl Gehlhausen)McLaren / Offy1895,366running0 
333161   Mel Kenyon Lindsey HopkinsCoyote / Foyt82,611piston0 
313258   Eldon Rasmussen Shellar-Globe   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Foyt202,731engine0 
11338   Todd Gibson Routh Meat Packing   (Richard Routh)Eagle / Offy1915,461running0100

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Jerry Karl36Shurfine Foods
Bob Harkey63Shurfine Foods
Al Loquasto86Frostie Root Beer
Janet Guthrie27Payne Air Conditioning
Jim McElreath28Spirit of Public Enterprise

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
11414  
15206   #44 spun frontstretch 
213111   #58 oil on track 
32321  
33375   #17 tow-in 
385417  
556511   #25,48 accident backstretch 
66705   #76 accident turn 1 
71766  
77815   #5 accident turn 1 
8211332  
1141185   #77 tow-in 
11915234  
1531575   #98 blocked pit entrance 
15819336  
1941963   debris 
1972004  
  Percent of race run under caution: 28.0%             Average green flag run: 18.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  A.J. Foyt11313
  Tom Sneva14152
  Wally Dallenbach163520
  Bill Simpson36372
  Bobby Unser385619
  A.J. Foyt57571
  Johnny Rutherford588124
  Gordon Johncock8210221
  Bobby Unser1031042
  Wally Dallenbach10511511
  Bobby Unser1161161
  Gordon Johncock11713923
  Bobby Unser1401445
  Gordon Johncock1451495
  Wally Dallenbach1501545
  Bobby Unser1551573
  Gordon Johncock15817720
  Bobby Unser17820023