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1971 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Joe Leonard
Previous: 1970 Next: 1972

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. This was the first year that road courses and ovals were separated from dirt courses in the Championship.

Schedule and resultsEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 February 28 25px-ARGENntina Rafaela Indy 300 Heat 1 152.322 miles
(245.1 km)
Autódromo de Rafaela Rafaela, Argentina USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby USAflagsmall Al Unser
2 25px-ARGENntina Rafaela Indy 300 Heat 2 152.322 miles
(245.1 km)
USAflagsmall Al Unser USAflagsmall Al Unser
3 March 27 USAflagsmall Phoenix 150 150 miles
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Al Unser
4 April 25 USAflagsmall Trenton 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Mike Mosley
5 May 29 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 miles
(805 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Peter Revson USAflagsmall Al Unser
6 June 6 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic 150 150 miles
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Al Unser
7 July 3 USAflagsmall Pocono 500 500 miles
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania USAflagsmall Mark Donohue USAflagsmall Mark Donohue
8 July 18 USAflagsmall Michigan 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Mark Donohue
9 August 15 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
10 September 5 USAflagsmall California 500 500 miles
(805 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California USAflagsmall Mark Donohue USAflagsmall Joe Leonard
11 October 3 USAflagsmall Trenton 300 300 miles
(483 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
12 October 23 USAflagsmall Bobby Ball 150 150 miles
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt

Leading National Championship standingsEdit

 #  Driver Team/Car Owner Points
1 USAflagsmall Joe Leonard Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing 3015
2 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt ITT-Thompson Racing 2320
3 USAflagsmall Billy Vukovich II Jerry O'Connell Racing 2250
4 USAflagsmall Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing 2200
5 USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby Gene White Firestone 1830
6 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser All American Racers 1805
7 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen Gerhardt Racing 1800
8 USAflagsmall Mark Donohue Team Penske 1760

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1971/. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 




from the original on 2011-05-03. http://old.motorsport.com/stats/champ/data/1971sum.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 


See alsoEdit

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