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1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship

1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship season
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The 1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship [1] was the tenth running of the Sports Car Club of America's premier open wheel racing series [2] and the third to be co-sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the United States Auto Club (USAC).[3]

The championship was won by Brian Redman driving a Lola T332 Chevrolet.[4] It was Redman's third consecutive SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship title win.[5] For the first time in three years, a vehicle other than a Lola won a race, with March and Shadow winning one race each.[5] 1976 also marked the first race win by a non-Chevrolet powered car since the 1971 season, with a Dodge-powered Shadow winning at Road America.[5]

1976 was to be the final year of the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship as the SCCA replaced it with a revived Can Am Series for 1977.[6] The rules for the new series were to allow the Formula 5000 cars to compete with fully enveloping bodywork.[6]

Contents

Race resultsEdit

 
Brian Redman won the championship driving a Lola T332C similar to that pictured above

The championship was contested over a seven race series.[4]

Race [7] Date [7] Location [7] Distance [7] Winning driver [7] Winning car [7]
1 May 9 Pocono International Raceway 35 laps   Brian Redman Lola T332CChevrolet V8
2 June 20 Mosport Park 40 laps   Alan Jones Lola T332Chevrolet V8
3 July 11 Watkins Glen International 30 laps   Alan Jones March 76AChevrolet V8
4 July 25 Road America 25 laps   Jackie Oliver Shadow DN6BDodge V8
5 August 8 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 42 laps   Brian Redman Lola T332CChevrolet V8
6 August 28 Road America 20 laps   Brian Redman Lola T332CChevrolet V8
7 October 17 Riverside International Raceway 40 laps   Al Unser Lola T332Chevrolet V8

Points systemEdit

Championship points were awarded on a 36-24-16-12-8-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten positions in each race.[4]

Championship standingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jaycee Grand Prix - SCCA/USAC Formula 500 Championship Race, www.myf5000.com Retrieved on 29 May 2014
  2. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, pages 7 to 102
  3. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, page 81
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Wolfgang Kopfler, 1976 Formula 5000 Championship, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, pages 101 & 102
  5. ^ a b c Gordon Kirby, The Season in the USA, Automobile Year 1976/77, pages 191 to 192
  6. ^ a b Wolfgang Kopfler, The end of Formula 5000, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, page 110
  7. ^ a b c d e f US Formula 5000 races 1968-1976, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 29 May 2014
  8. ^ SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship Round, Pocono International Raceway, 9 May 1976, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 29 May 2014