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1970 Can-Am season

1970 Can-Am season
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The 1970 Canadian-American Challenge Cup was the fifth season of the Can-Am auto racing series. It consisted of FIA Group 7 racing cars running two-hour sprint events. It began June 14, 1970, and ended November 1, 1970, after ten rounds.

The 1970 season began only a few days after the death of defending champion Bruce McLaren. McLaren had been testing the new M8D for his Can-Am team when he was killed. Denny Hulme was joined by friend Dan Gurney in the second McLaren, but he was replaced by Peter Gethin following sponsorship conflicts. The team overcame the loss of their leader to win nine of ten races during the 1970 season.

ScheduleEdit

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Labatt's Blue Trophy Mosport Park June 14
2 Mont-Tremblant 50 Circuit Mont-Tremblant June 28
3 Watkins Glen Can-Am Watkins Glen International July 12
4 Klondike Trail 200 Edmonton Speedway Park July 26
5 Buckeye Can-Am Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 23
6 Road America Can-Am Road America August 30
7 Road Atlanta Can-Am Road Atlanta September 13
8 Minneapolis Tribune Grand Prix Donnybrooke International Raceway September 27
9 Monterey Castrol Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway October 18
10 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Riverside International Raceway November 1

Season resultsEdit

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 seven finishes out of ten rounds counted towards the championship. Points earned but not counting towards the championship are marked by parenthesis.

Pos Driver Team Car Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd10 Total
1   Denny Hulme   Bruce McLaren Racing McLaren M8D Chevrolet 12 20 20 20 20 20 20 132
2   Lothar Motschenbacher   Motschenbacher Racing McLaren M8B
McLaren M12
McLaren M8C
Chevrolet 15
 
 
12
 
 
12
 
 
 
12
 
 
6
 
 
 
8
65
3   Peter Gethin   Bruce McLaren Racing McLaren M8B Chevrolet 12 2 20 4 15 56
4   Dave Causey   Dave Causey Lola T163 Chevrolet 4 2 8 12 15 3 (2) 3 47
5   Jackie Oliver   Autocoast Titanium Racing Autocoast Ti22 Chevrolet 15 15 15 45
6   Tony Dean   A.G. Dean Ltd. Porsche 908/02 Porsche 10 8 20 4 2 44
7   Dan Gurney   Bruce McLaren Racing McLaren M8D Chevrolet 20 20 2 42
8   Peter Revson   Carl Haas Racing Lola T220 Chevrolet 15 12 12 39
9   Bobby Brown   Bob Brown Racing
  Eno de Pasquale
McLaren M6B
Lola T163
Chevrolet 10
 
3
 
10
 
6
 
6
 
35
10   Roger McCaig   Roger McCaig McLaren M8C Chevrolet 8 8 3 6 8 1 34
11   Chris Amon   March Engineering March 707 Chevrolet 8 10 10 28
12   Gary Wilson   Gary Wilson Lola T163 Chevrolet 6 8 10 3 27
13   Pedro Rodríguez   J.W. Automotive
  North American Racing Team
  Castrol Team BRM
Porsche 917K
Ferrari 512S
BRM P154
Porsche
Ferrari
Chevrolet
 
 
2
 
 
8
 
 
12
26
14   Chuck Parsons   Chuck Parsons Lola T160/3 Chevrolet 3 10 6 19
15=   Vic Elford   Porsche-Audi USA
  Advanced Vehicle Systems
  Vic Nelli
  Chaparral Cars Inc.
  Frank Kahlich
  Agapiou Brothers Racing
Porsche 917K
AVS Shadow
Lola T70 Mk.3
Chaparral 2J
McLaren M6B
Ford G7A
Porsche
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Ford
Ford
10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6
 
 
16
15=   Oscar Koveleski   Oscar Koveleski McLaren M8B Chevrolet 6 10 16
17=   Jo Siffert   J.W. Automotive Porsche 917K Porsche 15 15
17=   Bob Bondurant   Smith-Oeser Racing Lola T160 Chevrolet 15 15
19   Jim Adams   Earle-Cord Racing Ferrari 512S
Ferrari 512P
Ferrari 4
 
 
10
14
20=   George Eaton   Castrol Team BRM BRM P154 Chevrolet 12 12
20=   Richard Attwood   Porsche-Audi USA Porsche 917K Porsche 12 12
22   Dick Durant   Dick Durant Lola T163 Chevrolet 3 4 2 3 12
23   Mario Andretti   SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512S Ferrari 8 8
24   Tony Adamowicz   Vic Nelli
  Motschenbacher Racing
Lola T70 Mk.3
McLaren M12
Chevrolet  
4
 
4
8
25=   Gordon Dewar   Gordon Dewar McLaren M6B Chevrolet 6 6
25=   Gijs van Lennep   Martini Racing Porsche 917K Porsche 6 6
27   Graeme Lawrence   Canadian Can-Am Racing McLaren M12 Chevrolet 3 2 1 6
28   Brian Redman   J.W. Automotive Porsche 917K Porsche 4 4
29=   Brooke Doran   Marshall Brooke Doran Lola T163 Chevrolet 2 2
29=   Leonard Janke   Janke Auto Inc. McLaren M1C Chevrolet 2 2
31=   Rainer Brezinka   Rainer Brezinka McLaren M1C Chevrolet 1 1
31=   Cliff Apel   Cliff Apel McLaren M6B Chevrolet 1 1
31=   Gérard Larrousse   Martini Racing Porsche 908/02 Porsche 1 1
31=   Chuck Frederick   C.E. Frederick McKee Mk.6B Oldsmobile 1 1
31=   Bob Nagel   Bob Nagel Lola T70 Mk.3 Ford 1 1
31=   Ron Goldleaf   Ron Goldleaf McLaren M6B Chevrolet 1 1
31=   George Drolsom   George Drolsom Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet 1 1
31=   Peter Gregg   Peter Gregg Lola T165 Chevrolet 1 1

ReferencesEdit

  • "Canadian-American Challenge Cup 1970". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  • "Can-Am - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-17.