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1972 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Joe Leonard
Previous: 1971 Next: 1973

The 1972 USAC Championship Car season consisted of ten races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 18 and concluding at the same location on November 4. The USAC National Champion was Joe Leonard and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Mark Donohue. Jim Malloy was killed at Indianapolis in practice; he was 40 years old.

Schedule and resultsEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Length Race Name Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 18 USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan 150 150 miles
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale,
Arizona
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
2 April 23 USAflagsmall Trentonian 200 201 miles
(323 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton,
New Jersey
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen
3 May 27 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 miles
(805 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway,
Indiana
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Mark Donohue
4 June 4 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic 150 miles
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis,
Wisconsin
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
5 July 16 USAflagsmall Michigan 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn,
Michigan
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Joe Leonard
6 July 29 USAflagsmall Schaefer 500 500 miles
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway Long Pond,
Pennsylvania
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Joe Leonard
7 August 13 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis,
Wisconsin
USAflagsmall Mario Andretti USAflagsmall Joe Leonard
8 September 3 USAflagsmall California 500 500 miles
(805 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario,
California
USAflagsmall Jerry Grant USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey
9 September 24 USAflagsmall Trenton 300 300 Miles
(483 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton,
New Jersey
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
10 November 4 USAflagsmall Best Western 150 150 miles
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale,
Arizona
USAflagsmall Mark Donohue USAflagsmall Bobby Unser

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver PHX1
USAflagsmall
TRE1
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
MIC
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
ONT
USAflagsmall
TRE2
USAflagsmall
PHX2
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Joe Leonard 5 4 3 5 1 1 1 15 3 DNQ 3460
2 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich, Jr. 20 18 28 4 11 4 2 3 4 15 2200
3 USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey 7 2 24 7 8 11 19 1 8 6 1970
4 USAflagsmall Al Unser 6 20 2 19 15 3 15 31 23 4 1800
5 USAflagsmall Mark Donohue 17 19 1 2 2 16 1720
6 USAflagsmall Mike Hiss 10 7 7 13 26 6 2 14 DNQ 1665
7 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 13 DNQ 27 21 16 2 3 10 6 5 1620
8 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 1 17 30 1 14 20 Wth 24 1 1 1500
9 USAflagsmall Sam Sessions 4 4 15 4 1440
10 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 3 13 26 DNQ 5 5 2 1250
11 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 2 22 8 8 12 7 11 27 28 3 1135
12 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen 4 1 14 3 24 19 DNQ 790
13 USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach 9 6 15 DNQ 2 14 DNQ 21 7 24 720
14 USAflagsmall Salt Walther 11 33 DNQ 8 6 27 690
15 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman 22 17 18 5 9 4 26 12 23 670
16 USAflagsmall George Snider 16 DNQ 11 23 6 21 18 8 10 10 517
17 USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby 21 6 22 26 DNQ 17 18 7 490
18 USAflagsmall Mel Kenyon 23 10 18 15 3 13 16 28 11 9 460
19 USAflagsmall Art Pollard 14 DNQ 7 9 11 450
20 USAflagsmall Jimmy Caruthers 9 12 22 10 12 415
21 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 3 20 9 22 22 13 20 360
22 USAflagsmall Rick Muther DNQ 24 20 12 5 15 22 250
23 USAflagsmall Jim Malloy 15 5 DNQ 200
24 USAflagsmall Swede Savage 19 16 32 6 17 23 9 20 19 19 200
25 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 18 14 13 9 7 16 12 DNP 16 14 200
26 USAflagsmall Bill Simpson 24 DNQ 13 24 24 9 17 200
27 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. 6 22 17 DNS 160
28 USAflagsmall Cale Yarborough 10 DNQ 150
29 USAflagsmall John Mahler 8 22 11 27 25 18 130
30 USAflagsmall Jerry Grant 12 20 33 21 8 125
31 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow DNQ 21 DNQ 7 DNP 13 120
32 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff 12 21 18 32 14 11 15 18 120
33 USAflagsmall John Hubbard 8 100
34 USAflagsmall Al Loquasto 9 DNQ DNQ DNQ 80
35 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 8 25 Wth 30 22 21 75
36 USAflagsmall Bentley Warren DNQ DNQ 14 18 10 26 20 60
37 USAflagsmall Lee Brayton DNQ 10 DNQ 17 DNQ 60
38 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNS 45
39 25px-Canadaflag George Eaton 11 DNQ 30
40 USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise 12 21 23 DNQ 23 DNQ 15
41 USAflagsmall Greg Weld 33 DNQ 12 6
- USAflagsmall Sam Posey 5 5 19 0
- USAflagsmall John Martin 16 17 17 20 32 13 0
- USAflagsmall Dee Jones 13 0
- USAflagsmall Carl Williams 29 16 30 14 0
- USAflagsmall Joe Tetz 15 23 0
- USAflagsmall Larry McCoy DNQ 19 21 24 0
- USAflagsmall Denny Zimmerman 19 25 25 0
- USAflagsmall Peter Revson 31 31 23 0
- USAflagsmall Gig Stephens 23 0
- USAflagsmall Merle Bettenhausen DNQ 25 0
- USAflagsmall Arnie Knepper DNQ 25 0
- USAflagsmall Jerry Karl DNQ 28 29 0
- USAflagsmall Bob Harkey DNQ 29 0
- USAflagsmall George Follmer DNS 0
- USAflagsmall Larry Dickson DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall David Hobbs DNP DNQ 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Eldon Rasmussen DNQ DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jigger Sirois DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bud Tingelstad DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bruce Walkup DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Parnelli Jones DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Don Brown DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Dennis Ott DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Sneva DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Ned Spath DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX1
USAflagsmall
TRE1
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
MIC
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
ONT
USAflagsmall
TRE2
USAflagsmall
PHX2
USAflagsmall
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

Note: Sam Posey and Peter Revson not eligible for points.

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1972/. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 


from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.oldracingcars.com/indy/. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 


from the original on 2009-05-13. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1972.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


from the original on 2011-05-03. http://old.motorsport.com/stats/champ/data/1972sum.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 


See alsoEdit

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