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1973 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey
Previous: 1972 Next: 1974

The 1973 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 16 races, beginning in College Station, Texas on April 7 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on November 3. The default first race in Avondale, Arizona on March 17, but the event was postponed by rain and eventually cancelled due to infrastructure damage caused by the rain and scheduling conflicts. Bob Criss was killed in a private test at Phoenix before he could enter another event. Typically he doesn't show up in the stat sheets because he never appeared at an actual race with this Phoenix event being wiped off the schedule. He was 35 years old. The USAC National Champion was Roger McCluskey and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Gordon Johncock. In this tragical season at Indianapolis death Art Pollard in practice, he was 46 years old; and Swede Savage in the 500 miles race, he was 27 years old.

Schedule and resultsEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 7 USAflagsmall Texas 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway College Station,
Texas
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Al Unser
2 April 15 USAflagsmall Trentonian 300 Heat #1 150 miles
(241 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton,
New Jersey
USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
3 USAflagsmall Trentonian 300 Heat #2 150 miles
(241 km)
USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Mario Andretti
4 May 30 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 332.5 miles
(535.1 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway,
Indiana
USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
5 June 10 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic 150 miles
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis,
Wisconsin
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
6 July 1 USAflagsmall Schaefer 500 500 miles
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway Long Pond,
Pennsylvania
USAflagsmall Peter Revson USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
7 July 15 USAflagsmall Michigan 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn,
Michigan
USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey
8 August 12 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis,
Wisconsin
USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach
9 August 26 USAflagsmall California 500 Qualification Heat 1 100 miles
(161 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario,
California
USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach
10 USAflagsmall California 500 Qualification Heat 2 100 miles
(161 km)
USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
11 September 2 USAflagsmall California 500 500 miles
(805 km)
USAflagsmall Peter Revson USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach
12 September 16 USAflagsmall Michigan Twin 125s #1 126 miles
(203 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn,
Michigan
USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich II
13 USAflagsmall Michigan Twin 125s #2 126 miles
(203 km)
USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
14 September 23 USAflagsmall Trenton 200 201 miles
(323 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton,
New Jersey
USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
15 October 6 USAflagsmall Texas 200 200 miles
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway College Station,
Texas
USAflagsmall Mario Andretti USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen
16 November 3 USAflagsmall Arizona 150 150 miles
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale,
Arizona
USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
Template:Note Scheduled for 500 miles, stopped early due to rain.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver TXS1
USAflagsmall
200
TRE1
USAflagsmall
150
TRE2
USAflagsmall
150
INDY
USAflagsmall
500
MIL1
USAflagsmall
150
POC
USAflagsmall
500
MIC1
USAflagsmall
200
MIL2
USAflagsmall
200
ONT
USAflagsmall
Q-H1
ONT
USAflagsmall
Q-H2
ONT
USAflagsmall
500
MIC2
USAflagsmall
125
MIC3
USAflagsmall
125
TRE3
USAflagsmall
200
TXS2
USAflagsmall
200
PHX
USAflagsmall
150
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey 7 8 6 3 2 2 1 6 2 4 4 13 18 4 3075
2 USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach DNQ DNQ 24 4 29 6 1 1 1 23 3 6 2 2620
3 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 4 15 9 5 5 2 18 1 31 3 1 4 2 DNQ 2595
4 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich, Jr. 15 3 2 2 22 24 3 3 12 24 1 15 6 20 3 2440
5 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 25 4 1 30 8 7 5 19 12 2 5 2 7 17 7 2400
6 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 3 9 8 10 24 4 10 2 5 3 18 14 23 20 2345
7 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 23 2 21 1 18 14 9 17 5 32 16 1 7 1 2240
8 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen 2 6 17 5 3 27 24 20 2 19 2 8 24 1 6 2093
9 USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby DNQ 27 21 3 4 DNQ 8 28 6 4 8 4 11 1610
10 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 11 1 11 25 Wth 1 13 25 10 13 14 20 10 DNS 1580
11 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman 8 11 9 7 6 20 12 3 13 20 10 3 5 1260
12 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 20 19 15 13 1 10 20 DNQ 7 10 16 2 15 18 1108
13 USAflagsmall Al Unser 1 7 3 20 9 33 22 26 4 9 21 25 16 19 1080
14 USAflagsmall Mike Hiss 22 14 13 17 10 6 25 5 3 27 9 3 21 11 1050
15 USAflagsmall Joe Leonard 5 13 5 18 7 8 23 7 9 21 12 7 9 19 15 1018
16 USAflagsmall Mel Kenyon 12 12 10 4 18 8 9 16 DNQ 9 940
17 USAflagsmall John Martin 8 13 28 7 13 5 870
18 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff DNS 18 6 16 22 18 21 6 12 7 6 11 8 21 845
19 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath 23 11 11 4 6 20 5 16 650
20 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 6 10 7 14 17 12 17 22 11 22 DNS 23 21 8 440
21 USAflagsmall Jimmy Caruthers 21 16 21 12 16 19 8 4 15 8 9 22 DNS 9 408
22 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. DNQ 30 14 13 9 25 11 5 15 5 22 390
23 USAflagsmall Bentley Warren 21 16 DNQ DNQ 16 7 8 DNQ 12 22 10 375
24 USAflagsmall Swede Savage 13 5 4 22 330
25 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow DNQ 14 32 15 7 11 160
26 USAflagsmall Lee Brayton 10 17 12 DNQ 15 DNQ 15 10 16 12 17 133
27 USAflagsmall Sam Sessions 9 DNQ 28 13 11 23 DNQ 120
28 USAflagsmall John Hubbard DNQ 19 DNQ 10 14 12 73
29 USAflagsmall John Mahler DNQ 8 26 50
30 USAflagsmall Jerry Karl 26 23 26 11 18 DNQ 40
31 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 26 DNQ DNQ DNQ 21 14 10 17 19 14 30
32 USAflagsmall George Snider 12 25 14 12 29
33 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon DNQ DNQ 16 11 17 14 25
34 USAflagsmall Jigger Sirois DNQ Wth 12 DNS 13 DNQ 20
- USAflagsmall Sam Posey DNQ 9 11 6 0
- 25px-Canadaflag John Cannon 10 30 0
- 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Hobbs 11 31 13 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bob Harkey 29 15 DNQ 13 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Eldon Rasmussen DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 0
- USAflagsmall Larry McCoy 14 20 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 26 15 22 26 24 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Simpson DNQ 14 DNQ 26 0
- USAflagsmall Mark Donohue 15 17 DNQ 29 0
- USAflagsmall Al Loquasto DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 24 DNQ 19 18 0
- USAflagsmall Salt Walther 16 22 33 0
- 25px-Newzealandflag Graham McRae 16 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Dee Jones 17 24 19 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Rick Muther 18 Wth 19 DNQ DNQ 25 0
- USAflagsmall Crockey Peterson 23 18 DNQ 20 0
- USAflagsmall Jerry Grant 19 33 0
- USAflagsmall Art Pollard 19 DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Joe Tetz DNQ 20 0
- USAflagsmall Peter Revson 31 21 23 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise DNQ 23 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Larry Dickson 24 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bobby Allison 32 0
- USAflagsmall Gig Stephens DNS 0
- USAflagsmall Billy Shuman DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bruce Jacobi DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Arnie Knepper DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Greg Weld DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Dan Murphy DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Benny Rapp DNQ 0
Pos Driver TXS1
USAflagsmall
200
TRE1
USAflagsmall
150
TRE2
USAflagsmall
150
INDY
USAflagsmall
500
MIL1
USAflagsmall
150
POC
USAflagsmall
500
MIC1
USAflagsmall
200
MIL2
USAflagsmall
200
ONT
USAflagsmall
Q-H1
ONT
USAflagsmall
Q-H2
ONT
USAflagsmall
500
MIC2
USAflagsmall
125
MIC3
USAflagsmall
125
TRE3
USAflagsmall
200
TXS2
USAflagsmall
200
PHX
USAflagsmall
150
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, Peter Revson, Mark Donohue, David Hobbs, Jerry Grant, John Cannon, Graham McRae and Bobby Allison not eligible for points. The Rookie of the Year title any driver awarded, because every rookie did not eligible for points.

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1973/. 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/1973.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


from the original on 2011-05-03. http://old.motorsport.com/stats/champ/data/1973sum.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 


See alsoEdit

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