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1971 California 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 10 of 12
Sunday, September 5, 1971 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:16:55
Average Speed: 152.354 mph
Pole Speed: 185.004 mph
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 8

Glossary    1971 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1971 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
15 61   Al Unser Johnny Lightning 500   (Vel Miletich)Colt / Offy16022,659gearbox84 
18 166   Mark Donohue Sunoco   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy12324,581valve49 
11115   Joe Leonard Samsonite   (Vel Miletich)Colt / Ford200134,437running401000
21 22   Bobby Unser Olsonite   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy11722,659crash20 
16 99   A.J. Foyt ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Ford1579,949rear end7 
2138   Art Pollard Gilmore RacingScorpion / Ford19971,287running0800
32716   Gary Bettenhausen Thermo King   (Don Gerhardt)Gerhardt / Offy19846,021running0700
41412   Lloyd Ruby Utah Stars   (Gene White)Mongoose / Ford19835,229running0600
51520   Steve Krisiloff STP Gas Treatment   (Andy Granatelli)King / Ford19624,082running0500
61892   Jim Malloy Norris Industries   (Shelby-Dowd)Eagle / Ford18716,527running0400
7 386   Peter Revson Bruce McLarenMcLaren / Offy18317,522running0300
8123   Jim McElreath Patrick Petroleum   (Walt Michner)Eagle / Offy18314,135running0250
93375   John Mahler Wynn's / Florida International   (John Mahler)McLaren / Offy17913,398running0200
102532   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Brabham / Offy17312,661running0150
113170   George Eaton George Fejer / Rudy FejerColt / Ford16910,974running0100
12 442   Swede Savage Olsonite   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy16610,137crash050
132640   Larry Dickson STP Keep-Kool Treatment   (Andy Granatelli)King / Offy1659,827running0 
143021   Cale Yarborough Gene White Firestone   (Gene White)Mongoose / Ford1629,618clutch0 
172258   Bud Tingelstad Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Brabham / Offy1568,990crash0 
191646   Jimmy Caruthers Thermo King   (Don Gerhardt)Gerhardt / Offy1228,572block0 
20197   Dennis Zimmerman Vollstedt Enterprises   (Rolla Vollstedt)McLaren / Offy1198,363running0 
222810   Dick Simon TraveLodge Sleeper   (Dick Simon)Lola / Ford897,944piston0 
231722   Wally Dallenbach Sprite   (Lindsey Hopkins)Kuzma / Offy717,735gearbox0 
242984   Donnie Allison Purolator   (Jim Greer)Coyote / Ford647,526valve0 
251023   Mel Kenyon Sprite   (Lindsey Hopkins)Kuzma / Ford597,316valve0 
26 518   Johnny Rutherford Patrick Petroleum   (Walt Michner)Brabham / Offy547,107fire0 
27 785   Gordon Johncock Bruce McLarenMcLaren / Offy516,898turbocharger0 
28216   Roger McCluskey Sprite   (Lindsey Hopkins)Kuzma / Ford406,688valve0 
293237   Bruce Walkup Caves Buick   (Myron Caves)Gerhardt / Offy286,470fuel leak0 
302331   Greg Weld Federal Engineering   (Federal Automotive Associates)Gerhardt / Offy276,270crash0 
312495   Carl Williams City of Terre Haute   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy156,061piston0 
32204   George Snider G.C. Murphy   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy55,852crash0 
33 85   Mario Andretti STP Oil Treatment   (Andy Granatelli)McNamara / Ford05,852electrical0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Bill Simpson
Sammy Sessions
Jim Hurtubise56Miller High Life
John Martin97Agajanian Faas

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Unser133
  Mark Donohue45249
  Al Unser537927
  Bobby Unser809617
  Al Unser9711923
  A.J. Foyt1201267
  Al Unser12716034
  Joe Leonard16120040