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1977 Datsun Twin 200s


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 1 of 14
Sunday, March 6, 1977 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
80 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (200.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:17:53
Average Speed: 154.073 mph
Pole Speed: 197.368 mph
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1977 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1977 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
102199   Gary Bettenhausen Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy763,088running060
4 924   Tom Bigelow Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy784,419running1240
3 748   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Offy795,994running0280
181040   Wally Dallenbach Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS462,263engine7 
131680   Larry Dickson WKYG Radio   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Offy712,731piston0 
1 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt8015,369running48400
262019   Spike Gehlhausen PV Corp   (Carl Gehlhausen)McLaren / Offy22,019crash0 
112222   Todd Gibson Routh Meat Packing   (Richard Routh)Eagle / DGS762,969running040
122629   Cliff Hucul Katke Racing   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy752,450running020
5 520   Gordon Johncock Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS784,969running23200
212539   Steve Krisiloff Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy151,738clutch0 
192386   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy451,738clutch0 
22 411   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy132,138engine0 
241590   Rick Mears Eastside Cafe   (Art Sugai)Eagle / Offy112,019piston0 
16 85   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy502,375piston0 
71425   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth773,444running0120
171373   Lloyd Ruby Hodgdon   (Fred Carrillo)Eagle / AMC472,256torsion bar0 
25 12   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth83,519valve0 
81785   Vern Schuppan Wildcat Racing   (Frank Curtis)Wildcat / Offy773,325running0100
61917   Dick Simon Payne Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy773,682running0160
91838   Bill Simpson Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy773,206running080
14 28   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth642,614piston0 
2 321   Al Unser American Racing Wheels   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth809,519running1320
15116   Bobby Unser Insta-Tune   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Offy522,494handling0 
202415   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy271,738magneto0 
231277   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / DGS122,019piston0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Johnny Parsons23, 57Leader Card, Crower
Janet Guthrie27Payne Air Conditioning
Alan Jones39Theodore Racing

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
122  
375   #19 accident 
81710  
18192   #39 stalled on track 
208061  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%             Average green flag run: 24.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Gordon Johncock11818
  Tom Bigelow19191
  Wally Dallenbach20256
  Gordon Johncock26294
  Wally Dallenbach30301
  Gordon Johncock31311
  A.J. Foyt326332
  Al Unser64641
  A.J. Foyt658016