1972 Can-Am season

The 1972 Canadian-American Challenge Cup was the seventh season of the Can-Am auto racing series. It was contested by FIA Group 7 racing cars running two-hour sprint events. The series began June 11, 1972, and ended October 29, 1972, after nine rounds. It was jointly sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and the Canadian Automobile Sports Club.[1]

The series was won by George Follmer driving a Porsche 917/10 for Penske Racing.

ScheduleEdit

 
George Follmer won the series driving a Porsche 917/10 similar to the example pictured above
 
Denny Hulme placed second driving a McLaren M20
Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Labatt's Blue Trophy Mosport Park June 11
2 Road Atlanta Can-Am Road Atlanta July 9
3 Watkins Glen Can-Am Watkins Glen International July 23
4 Buckeye Can-Am Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 6
5 Road America Can-Am Road America August 27
6 Minneapolis Tribune Grand Prix Donnybrooke International Raceway September 17
7 Klondike 200 Edmonton Speedway Park October 1
8 Monterey Castrol GTX Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway October 15
9 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Riverside International Raceway October 29

Season resultsEdit

Rnd Circuit Winning Team Results
Winning Driver
1 Mosport   #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
  Denny Hulme
2 Road Atlanta   #6 Penske Racing Results
  George Follmer
3 Watkins Glen   #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
  Denny Hulme
4 Mid-Ohio   #6 Penske Racing Results
  George Follmer
5 Road America   #6 Penske Racing Results
  George Follmer
6 Donnybrooke   #22 Young American Racing Results
  François Cevert
7 Edmonton   #6 Penske Racing Results
  Mark Donohue
8 Laguna Seca   #7 Penske Racing Results
  George Follmer
9 Riverside   #7 Penske Racing Results
  George Follmer

Drivers ChampionshipEdit

Points are awarded to the top ten finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1.[1] For classification, the four best results of the first five races and all four results of the last four races were retained.[2]


Pos Driver Team Car Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Total
1   George Follmer   Penske Racing Porsche 917/10 Porsche 20 8 20 20 10 12 20 20 130
2   Denny Hulme   Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M20 Chevrolet 20 20 10 15 65
3   Milt Minter   Vasek Polak Racing Team Porsche 917/10 Porsche 10 12 6 12 (4) 15 10 65
4   Mark Donohue   Penske Racing Porsche 917/10 Porsche 15 20 15 12 62
5   François Cevert   Young American Racing Team McLaren M8F Chevrolet 12 15 20 12 59
6   Peter Revson   Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M20 Chevrolet 12 15 6 15 48
7   David Hobbs   Carl Haas Lola T310 Chevrolet 4 10 6 8 3 8 39
8   Jackie Oliver   Advanced Vehicle Systems Shadow Mk.3 Chevrolet 15 12 10 37
9   Peter Gregg   Peter Gregg Porsche 917/10 Porsche 8 8 12 6 34
10   Charlie Kemp   Bobby Rinzler Lola T222 Chevrolet 2 10 8 1 6 27
11   Lothar Motschenbacher   Motschenbacher Racing McLaren M8D Chevrolet 6 6 4 6 4 26
12   Gregg Young   Young American Racing Team McLaren M8F Chevrolet 15 8 23
13   Jean-Pierre Jarier   North American Racing Team Ferrari 712M Ferrari 1 10 11
14   Bob Nagel   Bob Nagel Lola T222 Chevrolet 1 3 1 3 3 11
15   José Carlos Pace   Advanced Vehicle Systems Shadow Mk.3 Chevrolet 10 10
16   Gary Wilson   Gary Wilson McLaren M8E Chevrolet 3 6 1 10
17=   John Cordts   William Overhauser Racing Lola T163
McLaren M8D
Chevrolet  
8
8
17=   Sam Posey   Vasek Polak Racing Team Porsche 917PA Porsche 8 8
19   Scooter Patrick   Otto Zipper Alfa Racing Alfa Romeo T33/4 Alfa Romeo 2 4 2 8
20   Gordon Dewar   JNO Racing McLaren M8C Chevrolet 3 4 7
21   Tom Heyser   Albert Heyser Lola T260 Chevrolet 1 2 2 5
22=   Steve Durst   Steve Durst McLaren M8E/D Chevrolet 4 4
22=   Ed Felter   Ed Felter McLaren M8E Chevrolet 4 4
22=   Mike Hiss   Mike Hiss McLaren M8F Chevrolet 4 4
25   Warren Agor   Warren Agor McLaren M8B
McLaren M8F
Chevrolet 2
 
2
 
4
26=   Chuck Parsons   William Overhauser Racing
  Robert McCaig
Lola T163
McLaren M8FP
Chevrolet 3
 
3
26=   Hans Wiedmer   Wiedmer Racing Team McLaren M8F Chevrolet 3 3
26=   Willi Kauhsen   Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Porsche 917/10 Porsche 3 3
29=   Tony Dean   A.G. Dean Racing Porsche 908/02 Porsche 2 2
29=   Pete Sherman   Pete Sherman McLaren M12 Chevrolet 2 2
31   Roger McCaig   Roger McCaig McLaren M8FP Chevrolet 1 1 2
32   Bob Peckham   Peckham Racing McLaren M8C Chevrolet 1 1

ReferencesEdit

  • "Canadian-American Challenge Cup 1972". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  • "Can-Am - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  1. ^ a b Can-Am 72 - The begininning of another era?, Automobile Year 1972/73, pages 178 to 187
  2. ^ Can-Am Chmapionship, Automobile Year 1972/73, page 247