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The 1969 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 24 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 30 and concluding in Riverside, California on December 7. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Mario Andretti.

1969 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races24
Start dateMarch 30
End dateDecember 7
Awards
National championUnited States Mario Andretti
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Mario Andretti
← 1968
1970 →

Contents

Schedule and resultsEdit

In the IZOD IndyCar Series 2011 Historical Record Book the winner of the Rex Mays Classic was declared to be only Art Pollard, because Greg Weld vacated the car on lap 2 of 150.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 30   Jimmy Bryan 150 Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved   Al Unser   George Follmer
2 April 13   California 200 Hanford Motor Speedway Hanford, California Paved   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti
3 May 30   International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   A. J. Foyt   Mario Andretti
4 June 8   Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Mario Andretti   Art PollardA
5 June 15   Langhorne 150 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Paved   Mario Andretti   Bobby Unser
6 June 29   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Orville NanceB   Mario Andretti
7 July 6   Rocky Mountain 150 Continental Divide Raceways Mead, Colorado Road   Dan Gurney   Gordon Johncock
8 July 12   Nazareth 100 Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania Dirt   Bill Vukovich, Jr.   Mario Andretti
9 July 19   Trenton 200 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti
10 July 27   Indy 200C Indianapolis Raceway Park Clermont, Indiana Road   Dan Gurney   Dan Gurney
11   Dan Gurney   Peter Revson
12 August 17   Tony Bettenhausen 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Al Unser   Al Unser
13 August 18   Tony Bettenhausen 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Greg Weld   Mario Andretti
14 August 24   Delaware 200 Dover Downs International Speedway Dover, Delaware Paved   Bobby Unser   Art Pollard
15 September 1   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Greg Weld   Al Unser
16 September 6   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   Greg Weld   A. J. Foyt
17 September 14   Brainerd 200D Donnybrooke Speedway Brainerd, Minnesota Road   Al Unser   Gordon Johncock
18   Gordon Johncock   Dan Gurney
19 September 21   Trenton 300 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Bobby Unser   Mario Andretti
20 September 28   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   Greg Weld   Al Unser
21 October 19   Dan Gurney 200E Pacific Raceways Kent, Washington Road   Dan Gurney   Mario Andretti
22   Mario Andretti   Al Unser
23 November 21   Bobby Ball 150 Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved   Al Unser   Al Unser
24 December 7   Rex Mays 300 Riverside International Raceway Riverside, California Road   Dan Gurney   Mario Andretti
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
^A Pollard relieved Greg Weld on lap 2 of 150.
^B No pole is awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in this schedule on the pole is the driver who started first. No lap led was awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, however, a lap was awarded to the drivers that completed the climb.
^C Run in two heats of 100 miles (160 kilometers) each.
^D Run in two heats of 96.3 miles (155 kilometers) each.
^E Run in two heats of 99 miles (159 kilometers) each.

Final points standingsEdit

Note1: Sam Posey, Mark Donohue, Swede Savage, Peter Revson, John Cannon, Jerry Hansen, David Hobbs, Jack Brabham, Denis Hulme and Lee Roy Yarbrough not eligible for points.

Note2: Art Pollard qualified fifth for Milwaukee event and was eliminated in 10-car accident at start of race. His original car was scored in 15th. Pollard then took over the car of Greg Weld and went on to win the race. Weld gets credit for a start but has no finishing position.

Pos Driver PHX1
 
HAN
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
PIP
 
CDR
 
NAZ
 
TRE1
 
IRP
 
MIL2
 
SPR
 
DDIS
 
DQSF
 
ISF
 
BRN
 
TRE2
 
SAC
 
KEN
 
PHX2
 
RIV
 
Pts
1   Mario Andretti 16 1 1 7 5 1 10 1 1 9 2 4 1 11 2 6 4 3 1 15 1 2 21 1 5025
2   Al Unser 22 13 Wth 9 DNQ 25 2 19 1 8 12 1 3 9 21 1 2 1 1 2 2630
3   Bobby Unser 8 7 3 16 1 16 23 24 2 10 22 5 3 13 11 7 3 17 5 22 4 2585
4   Dan Gurney 2 2 1 21 2 1 3 4 3 2280
5   Gordon Johncock 10 3 19 8 20 1 4 10 14 19 2 1 2 6 10 9 2070
6   Wally Dallenbach 2 5 21 20 3 8 5 2 DNS 18 7 14 Wth DNQ 10 9 3 7 1795
7   A. J. Foyt 21 25 8 3 3 10 5 4 9 5 19 3 1 8 8 13 DNQ 25 DNQ 1570
8   Bill Vukovich, Jr. 4 8 32 17 4 19 13 6 22 5 3 4 14 DNQ 24 13 9 17 6 27 1280
9   Mike Mosley 6 12 13 6 16 14 3 19 7 17 4 18 17 9 5 23 17 6 9 17 11 1220
10   Lloyd Ruby 3 2 20 13 21 15 7 15 3 DNQ 2 DNP 1190
11   Johnny Rutherford DNS 4 29 5 15 11 22 DNS DNQ 7 14 DNQ 11 12 19 4 5 1130
12   Art Pollard 19 15 31 1 2 18 DNQ 25 16 6 1 DNQ 18 18 14 14 18 12 19 16 1110
13   Roger McCluskey 14 17 14 9 5 21 4 18 14 15 3 16 15 15 2 DNQ DNQ 22 1090
14   Gary Bettenhausen 20 10 26 21 6 2 16 DNQ 13 6 5 10 2 19 2 20 DNQ 940
15   Bud Tingelstad 15 4 13 DNQ 4 24 11 5 15 13 15 DNQ 9 3 DNS 11 920
16   George Follmer 1 9 27 6 3 11 6 6 15 6 DNQ 14 880
17   George Snider 14 16 DNQ 9 5 20 25 2 7 7 DNQ 5 DNQ 26 18 840
18   Jim Malloy 6 11 2 7 DNS 12 DNQ 26 DNP 16 18 7 780
19   Mel Kenyon 4 12 24 DNP 615
20   Joe Leonard 6 19 20 21 27 DNS 5 19 600
21   Larry Dickson DNP 9 18 6 4 DNQ 6 DNQ 22 10 23 510
22   Sam Sessions DNQ DNP 12 19 10 DNQ 16 DNQ 18 12 23 14 12 DNQ DNQ 4 24 23 475
23   Jim McElreath DNP 28 7 13 20 8 DNQ 18 9 13 DNQ 11 16 9 400
24   Steve Krisiloff DNQ 12 9 17 8 8 12 15 13 26 355
25   Rick Muther DNQ 11 DNQ 12 6 9 18 28 330
26   Bill Simpson DNQ 11 DNQ 13 12 8 21 DNQ 12 7 DNQ 15 8 320
27   Jerry Grant 17 19 DNQ DNQ 4 DNQ DNQ 13 11 DNQ 10 290
28   Bruce Walkup 33 23 22 DNP DNQ 10 4 8 250
29   Bob Harkey 8 7 11 DNQ DNQ 12 11 215
30   Greg Weld 13 DNS 15 8 16 DNS 17 5 12 210
31   Max Dudley 23 22 DNQ DNQ 6 17 10 DNQ 13 DNQ 10 14 DNP 12 210
32   Al Smith 10 DNQ 8 20 16 9 DNQ 175
33   Jerry Daniels 3 DNQ 11 160
34   Jigger Sirois 5 18 DNQ DNQ DNS 25 14 150
35   Bobby Johns DNP DNP 10 DNQ DNQ 150
36   Carl Williams 25 12 DNQ 11 5 130
37   Bill Puterbaugh 9 15 16 16 6 16 120
38   Tom Bigelow DNQ 7 18 21 17 DNQ DNQ 8 DNQ DNQ 110
39   Arnie Knepper 22 DNQ 15 DNQ DNQ 26 6 11 13 DNQ 100
40   Dave Strickland 7 23 DNQ 90
41   Ludwig Heimrath DNQ DNQ 12 14 14 13 DNQ 17 19 28 8 13 DNQ 15 65
42   Sonny Ates 17 22 24 12 10 61
43   Johnny Parsons, Jr. DNQ 7 DNQ 30 60
44   Al Loquasto 23 14 9 13 16 11 20 DNS 26 DNQ 60
45   Keith Rachwitz 9 16 60
46   Jerry Karl 10 15 DNP 60
47   Ralph Liguori 18 DNQ 8 50
48   Johnny Anderson 8 DNQ 50
49   Don Schisler 15 9 40
50   Les Scott DNQ DNQ 11 23 DNQ 20 40
51   Don Nordhorn 10 DNQ DNQ 30
53   Denny Zimmerman 11 DNP DNQ DNQ 30
52   Bobby Grim DNQ 11 30
54   Ted Foltz 2 24
55   Wes Vandervoort 3 4 21
56   Bob Gregg 11 16 DNQ 13 20
57   Lee Kunzman DNQ DNQ 12 20
58   Bob Herring 4 18
59   Malcolm Brazier 5 15
60   George Fejer 12 DNP 15
61   Charles Louderman 6 12
62   Grier Manning 7 9
63   Clark Yowell 8 8
64   Bob Daly 9 6
65   Jack Guynn 10 4
66   Rick Vermillion 18 3
67   James Byrd 16 2
-   Peter Revson 5 3 1 DNP 0
-   Sam Posey DNQ 8 7 16 4 3 25 0
-   Mark Donohue 7 DNQ 7 4 16 21 0
-   Swede Savage 5 14 7 6 0
-   John Cannon 5 10 DNQ 29 0
-   Jerry Hansen 17 7 8 DNQ 0
-   David Hobbs 10 10 0
-   Orville Nance 11 0
-   Gene Pacheco 12 0
-   Butch Earley 13 0
-   Jim Reynard DNQ 14 DNQ DNP DNQ DNP 0
-   George Benson DNQ 14 0
-   LaVerne Ravenstein 14 0
-   Hamilton Vose 14 0
-   Rollie Beale 19 15 DNP DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dempsey Wilson 15 20 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ralph Murdock 15 0
-   Charlie Masters 17 DNS 17 0
-   Todd Gibson 24 17 DNQ DNP DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ronnie Bucknum DNP DNP 30 DNP DNQ 17 0
-   Wib Spalding DNQ DNQ 17 DNP DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Larry Overholser 17 0
-   Tommy Copp 18 DNQ 18 DNQ 0
-   Gig Stephens 18 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Denny Hulme 18 0
-   Lou Sell 20 0
-   Earl Smith DNS 21 DNQ 0
-   Mickey Shaw 22 0
-   LeeRoy Yarbrough 23 0
-   Ned Spath DNQ 24 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ed Marshall DNQ 24 0
-   Jack Brabham 24 0
-   Bob Pratt 26 0
-   Dick Simon DNS DNQ DNQ 0
-   Cy Fairchild DNQ DNQ 0
-   Charlie Glotzbach DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dee Jones DNQ DNQ 0
-   Roger West DNQ DNQ 0
-   Chuck Booth DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bobby Hogle DNQ DNQ 0
-   Karl Busson DNP DNQ 0
-   Bud Morley DNQ 0
-   Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
-   Al Miller DNQ 0
-   Lothar Motschenbacher DNQ 0
-   Bob Veith DNQ 0
-   Merle Bettenhausen DNQ 0
-   Dale Breedlove DNQ 0
-   Dino Dioguardi DNQ 0
-   Nick Dioguardi DNQ 0
-   Scott Carr Wth 0
-   Graham Hill Wth 0
-   Jochen Rindt Wth 0
-   Bob West DSQ 0
-   Pat O'Reilly DNP 0
-   Jimmy Maguire DNP 0
-   Joe Lehman DNP 0
-   Roger Veys DNP 0
-   Eugene Willbanks DNP 0
-   Steve Diulo DNP 0
-   George Eaton DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX1
 
HAN
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
PIP
 
CDR
 
NAZ
 
TRE1
 
IRP1
 
IRP2
 
MIL2
 
SPR
 
DDIS
 
DQSF
 
ISF
 
BRN1
 
BR2N
 
TRE2
 
SAC
 
KEN1
 
KEN2
 
PHX2
 
RIV
 
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "USAC National Championship 1969". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  • "1969 USAC National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 238-243)

See alsoEdit