1969 Can-Am season

1969 Can-Am season
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The 1969 Canadian-American Challenge Cup was the fourth season of the Can-Am auto racing series. It consisted of FIA Group 7 racing cars running two-hour sprint events. It began June 1, 1969, and ended November 9, 1969, after eleven rounds.

This was the first season of Can-Am following the demise of the similar United States Road Racing Championship. With several USRRC events choosing to continue on under Can-Am, the series schedule was greatly expanded beyond its normal six event season. This also meant that the season was run over a greater period of time, rather than just being run in the autumn.

The season was swept by McLaren, whose founder Bruce McLaren won the championship over teammate and fellow New Zealander Denny Hulme. McLaren won six races to Hulme's five, winning the championship by a mere five points.

ScheduleEdit

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Labatt's Blue Trophy Mosport Park June 1
2 Labatt's 50 Circuit Mont-Tremblant June 15
3 Watkins Glen Can-Am Watkins Glen International July 13
4 Klondike 200 Edmonton Speedway Park July 27
5 Buckeye Can-Am Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 17
6 Road America Can-Am Road America August 31
7 Bridgehampton Grand Prix Bridgehampton Race Circuit September 14
8 Michigan International Can-Am Michigan International Speedway September 28
9 Monterey Castrol Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway October 12
10 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Riverside International Raceway October 26
11 Texas International Grand Prix Texas World Speedway November 9

Season resultsEdit

Rnd Circuit Winning Team Results
Winning Driver
1 Mosport   #4 McLaren Cars Results
  Bruce McLaren
2 Mont-Tremblant   #5 McLaren Cars Results
  Denny Hulme
3 Watkins Glen   #4 McLaren Cars Results
  Bruce McLaren
4 Edmonton   #5 McLaren Cars Results
  Denny Hulme
5 Mid-Ohio   #5 McLaren Cars Results
  Denny Hulme
6 Road America   #4 McLaren Cars Results
  Bruce McLaren
7 Bridgehampton   #5 McLaren Cars Results
  Denny Hulme
8 Michigan   #4 McLaren Cars Results
  Bruce McLaren
9 Laguna Seca   #4 McLaren Cars Results
  Bruce McLaren
10 Riverside   #5 McLaren Cars Results
  Denny Hulme
11 Texas   #4 McLaren Cars Results
  Bruce McLaren

Drivers ChampionshipEdit

Points are awarded to the top ten finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1. Only the best nine finishes out of eleven rounds counted towards the championship. Points earned but not counting towards the championship are marked by parenthesis.

Pos Driver Team Car Engine R.1 R.2 R.3 R.4 R.5 R.6 R.7 R.8 R.9 R.10 R.11 Total
1   Bruce McLaren   McLaren Cars McLaren M8B Chevrolet 20 15 20 15 20 15 20 20 20 165
2   Denny Hulme   McLaren Cars McLaren M8B Chevrolet (15) 20 15 20 20 15 20 15 15 20 160
3   Chuck Parsons   Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola T162
Lola T163
Chevrolet 8
 

 12

 8

 12

 4

 6

 12

 15

 8
85
4   Jo Siffert   Porsche-Audi Porsche 908/02
Porsche 917PA
Porsche 6
 

 10

 12

 10

 8

 10
56
5   George Eaton   George Eaton Racing McLaren M12 Chevrolet 2 4 10 12 6 3 15 52
6   Chris Amon   Chris Amon
  McLaren Cars
  Formula 1 Enterprises
Ferrari 612P
McLaren M8B
Ferrari 712P
Ferrari
Chevrolet
Ferrari
12
 
 
15
 
 
12
 
 
39
7   Lothar Motschenbacher   Motschenbacher Racing McLaren M12 Chevrolet 10 6 10 3 6 35
8   Tony Dean   Porsche-Audi Porsche 908/02 Porsche 2 3 8 6 4 4 4 3 34
9   John Surtees   Chaparral Cars Inc. McLaren M12
Chaparral 2H
Chevrolet 12
 
 
10
 
8
30
10   John Cordts   McCaig Racing
  Young American Racers
McLaren M6B Chevrolet
Ford
10
 
8
 
 
6
24
11=   Dan Gurney   All American Racers
  McLaren Cars
McLaren M6B
McLaren M8B
Ford
Chevrolet
 
12
10
 
22
11=   Mario Andretti   Holman & Moody McLaren M6B Ford 10 12 22
13   Peter Revson   Agapiou Brothers
  Robbins-Jeffries Racing
Ford G7A
Lola T163
Ford
Chevrolet
 
4
 
10
 
8
22
14   Dick Brown   Ecurie Green McLaren M6B Chevrolet 2 4 3 1 3 13
15   Jack Brabham   Agapiou Brothers
  Alan Mann Racing
Ford G7A
Open Sports
Ford 12 12
16=   Tom Dutton   Dutton Racing Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 1 8 9
16=   Pedro Rodríguez   Matra of France
  North American Racing Team
Matra MS630/650
Ferrari 312P
Matra
Ferrari
1
 
 
8
9
18   Leonard Janke   Leonard Janke McLaren M1C
Lola T160
Chevrolet 1
 
 
4
2
 
2
 
9
19   Andrea de Adamich   Chaparral Cars Inc. McLaren M12 Chevrolet 8 8
20   Jacques Couture   Ecurie Soucy Racing McLaren M1B Chevrolet 6 2 8
21   Kris Harrison   Ecurie Canada 1969 McLaren M1C Chevrolet 6 1 1 8
22   Gary Wilson   Wilson Racing Lola T163 Chevrolet 1 6 7
23   Oscar Koveleski   Auto-World, Inc. McLaren M6B Chevrolet 4 3 7
24   Fred Baker   Fred Baker McLaren M6B
Lola T160
Chevrolet 6
 
6
25   Dave Causey   Dave Causey McLaren M6A Chevrolet 2 4 6
26   Richard Galloway   R.B. Galloway McLaren M6B Chevrolet 3 2 5
27   Jo Bonnier   Scuderia Filipinetti Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 4 4
28=   Joe Leonard   Salyer Racing McKee Mk.10
McKee Mk.14
Oldsmobile 3 3
28=   Johnny Servoz-Gavin   Matra of France Matra MS650 Matra 3 3
30   Roger McCaig   McCaig Racing McLaren M6B Chevrolet 2 1 3
31   Brooke Doran   Marshall Brooke Doran Lola T160 Chevrolet 2 2
32=   David Hobbs   Young American Racers McLaren M6B Ford 1 1
32=   Spencer Stoddard   Northwest American Racing McLaren M1C Chevrolet 1 1

ReferencesEdit

  • "Canadian-American Challenge Cup 1969". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
  • "Can-Am - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-01-16.