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1971 USAC Championship Car season

The 1971 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Rafaela, Argentina on February 28 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on October 23. The USAC National Champion was Joe Leonard and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Al Unser. For 1971 it was decided that there should be three separate points championships, for paved ovals, dirt ovals, and road courses.[1][2]

1971 USAC Championship Car season
USAC Marlboro Championship Trail
Season
Races12
Start dateFebruary 28
End dateOctober 23
Awards
National championUnited States Joe Leonard
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Al Unser
← 1970
1972 →

The existing Championship Car championship was then restricted to only paved ovals, and two new championships were created. The National Dirt Car Championship (which would become the modern Silver Crown Series in 1981) was run over four races, and won by George Snider.[1] The Road Racing championship was originally to be run over between 8 and 10 races, however a lack of interest lead to just two races being held on the same day, on the 7th of August at Seattle International Raceway. Continental Championship cars were allowed, and made up the majority of the grid, with just 5 USAC specification cars entered. Jim Dittemore won the series in a Formula 5000 specification Lola T192-Chevrolet.[1][3] The Road Racing championship did not continue in 1972.

This was also the first time the 500 mile triple crown was on the schedule with the addition of Ontario Motor Speedway's California 500 the previous year & the Pocono 500 added in this season.[1][2]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Final points standingsEdit

Note1: Donnie Allison, Carlos Parietti, Denny Hulme, David Hobbs and Jim Hurtubise not eligible for points.

Note2: John Mahler qualified 21st at Indianapolis. His car was driven in the race by Dick Simon who started 33rd as a result of the driver change.

Pos Driver RAF
 
PHX1
 
TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
POC
 
MIC
 
MIL2
 
ONT
 
TRE2
 
PHX2
 
Pts
1   Joe Leonard 6 3 4 24 19 2 2 19 DNQ 1 3 10 3015
2   A. J. Foyt 17 3 20 3 17 2 16 5 1 2320
3   Bill Vukovich, Jr. 25 5 3 5 2 14 10 4 3 2250
4   Al Unser 1 1 1 21 1 1 31 24 17 15 17 21 2200
5   Lloyd Ruby 2 2 5 13 11 7 8 21 6 4 23 24 1830
6   Bobby Unser 27 2 4 12 14 9 18 1 21 1 8 1805
7   Gary Bettenhausen 11 7 20 16 10 16 6 22 3 3 24 5 1800
8   Mark Donohue 6 19 25 1 1 18 6 16 1760
9   Mario Andretti Wth 9 18 30 11 4 12 19 33 2 4 1370
10   Wally Dallenbach 7 2 24 4 15 4 4 23 9 11 1220
11   Art Pollard DNP 24 6 26 5 16 16 16 2 20 9 1170
12   Peter Revson 2 21 7 1100
13   Roger McCluskey 5 4 22 22 9 23 25 3 18 28 22 2 1050
14   Jim Malloy 14 21 11 4 DNS 26 13 DNQ 6 1030
15   Steve Krisiloff DNQ 11 31 10 7 24 5 7 20 990
16   Cale Yarborough 8 8 13 5 16 DNQ 32 5 8 14 11 DNQ 710
17   Mike Mosley 3 23 10 1 13 19 655
18   Swede Savage 4 5 3 12 16 23 590
19   Johnny Rutherford 7 20 21 17 18 6 7 10 26 DNQ 22 570
20   Dick Simon 13 6 12 7 14 9 17 15 DNQ 22 25 7 405
21   Jim McElreath DNQ 27 8 27 6 370
22   Bud Tingelstad 7 DNQ 19 17 300
23   Lee Roy Yarbrough 3 DNQ 280
24   George Eaton 9 11 10 18 270
25   Greg Weld DNQ 18 12 10 30 8 14 260
26   Denny Zimmerman 24 19 8 22 24 26 20 13 DNQ 250
27   Gordon Johncock 9 10 8 15 29 10 20 23 25 27 DNQ DNQ 225
28   Sam Sessions DNQ 27 11 DNQ 7 DNQ 13 220
29   George Snider 18 33 21 33 14 5 32 14 15 200
30   John Mahler 16 16 23 DNS 23 9 200
31   Larry Dickson DNP 28 6 15 13 DNS 160
32   Bentley Warren 10 24 16 26 23 8 22 Wth DNP 120
33   Karl Busson DNP DNQ 8 23 DNQ DNQ 100
34   Bruce Walkup DNQ 8 DNQ 29 DNQ 100
35   John Martin DNQ 15 9 12 DNQ DNQ 100
36   Al Loquasto 9 DNQ DNQ DNQ 80
37   Ludwig Heimrath 25 18 10 DNQ 60
38   Jerry Karl 12 DNQ 11 22 60
39   Carl Williams DNQ 11 31 26 17 40
40   Salt Walther 15 11 DNQ DNQ 20 DNP 30
41   Mel Kenyon 32 DNQ 25 12 DNQ 30
42   Bill Simpson 17 13 23 DNQ 19 18 DNQ DNQ 28 12 15
43   Jimmy Caruthers DNQ 12 13 19 DNQ 15
44   Dee Jones 26 12 15 DNQ 15
-   Donnie Allison 6 17 28 24 0
-   Carlos Pairetti 12 9 0
-   Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 14 DNQ 13 19 0
-   Jerry Grant 13 DNP DNQ 0
-   Don Brown 18 14 14 21 15 DNQ 0
-   Bob Harkey 14 22 29 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dave Strickland 19 15 DNQ 0
-   George Follmer 15 DNQ 0
-   Max Dudley 20 17 DNQ 0
-   Denny Hulme 17 0
-   Eldon Rasmussen 18 DNQ 0
-   Arnie Knepper 20 DNQ 25 20 DNQ 0
-   David Hobbs 20 0
-   Rick Muther 22 25 DNQ DNQ 21 24 0
-   Tom Bigelow 21 22 DNQ 0
-   Tom Sneva 21 DNQ 0
-   Larry Cannon 23 26 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Jim Hurtubise DNQ 30 DNQ 0
-   Jorge Cupeiro DNS 0
-   Omar Cuvertino DNS 0
-   Ángel Monguzzi DNS 0
-   Carlos Salatino DNS 0
-   Jigger Sirois DNQ DNP 0
-   Bruce Jacobi DNP DNQ 0
-   Tony Adamowicz DNQ DNP 0
-   Les Scott DNQ DNP 0
-   Ralph Liguori DNQ 0
-   Danny Ongais DNQ 0
-   Bobby Allen DNQ 0
-   Jim Reynard DNQ 0
-   Gig Stephens DNQ 0
-   Ronnie Bucknum DNQ 0
-   Bobby Johns DNQ 0
-   Sam Posey DNQ 0
-   Dick Tobias DNQ 0
-   Don Hawley DNQ 0
-   Johnny Parsons DNQ 0
-   Crockey Peterson DNQ 0
-   Jorge Ternengo DNP 0
-   Lothar Motschenbacher DNP 0
Pos Driver RAF1
 
RAF2
 
PHX1
 
TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
POC
 
MIC
 
MIL2
 
ONT
 
TRE2
 
PHX2
 
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 1971". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  • Harms, Phil; Ferner, Michael; Measures, Gerry; Brown, Allen. "Indy 500 and USAC racing 1971". OldRacingCars.com.
  • "1971 USAC Marlboro Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  • Harms, Phil. "1971 Championship Driver Summary" (PDF). Motorsport.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 230-231)
  1. ^ a b c d Waltz, Keith. "Sweeping Changes For USAC After 1970 Season". Speed Sport. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b Braddock, Bill (15 November 1970). "$300,000 Marlboro Auto Slate Hits Paved Oval Trail in 1971". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ Klopfer, Wolfgang (2004). Formula A and Formula 5000 in America. p. 79. ISBN 383340566X.

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