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1976 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
Previous: 1975 Next: 1977

The 1976 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 14 and concluding at the same location on November 7. The USAC National Champion was Gordon Johncock and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Johnny Rutherford.

Schedule and resultsEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 14 USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Al Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
2 May 2 USAflagsmall Trenton 200 201 mi
(323 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
3 May 30 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 255 mi
(410.4 km)A
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
4 June 13 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic 150 mi
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Mike Mosley
5 June 27 USAflagsmall Schaefer 500 500 mi
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. USAflagsmall Al Unser
6 July 18 USAflagsmall Norton Twin 200s 200 mi
(322 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
7 August 1 USAflagsmall Texas 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
8 August 15 USAflagsmall Trenton 200 175.5 mi
(282.4 km)B
Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
9 August 22 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Al Unser
10 September 5 USAflagsmall California 500 500 mi
(805 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
11 September 18 USAflagsmall Michigan 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
12 October 31 USAflagsmall Benihana World Series of Auto Racing 200 mi
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
13 November 7 USAflagsmall Bobby Ball 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Al Unser

A - Scheduled for 500 miles, stopped early due to rain.
B - Scheduled for 200 miles, stopped early due to rain.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver PHX1
USAflagsmall
TRE1
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MIC1
USAflagsmall
TXS1
USAflagsmall
TRE2
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
ONT
USAflagsmall
MIC2
USAflagsmall
TXS2
USAflagsmall
PHX2
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 3 2 3 2 27 1 5 1 2 3 2 2 2 4240
2 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 18 1 1 9 4 2 3 7 3 2 11 1 16 4220
3 USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach 16 6 4 12 3 20 2 4 17 4 3 6 4 3105
4 USAflagsmall Al Unser 4 4 1 10 17 2 1 32 18 3 1 3020
5 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 5 5 15 1 2 22 4 5 5 15 7 22 DNQ 2120
6 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 1 DNQ 10 3 32 4 1 4 17 21 2080
7 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 21 18 2 17 31 3 1 19 DNP 23 1 11 Wth 1720
8 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 17 3 6 13 7 6 16 3 13 26 5 DNQ 1570
9 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 8 5 4 3 1200
10 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. 6 4 12 5 22 4 18 6 12 DNQ 13 15 20 980
11 USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey DNQ 30 DNP 6 5 DNQ 22 6 21 10 19 5 955
12 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter 2 7 5 18 14 29 DNQ 10 920
13 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow 20 17 14 11 29 12 7 21 7 5 9 14 18 820
14 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich, Jr. DNQ 22 31 6 26 6 8 15 24 5 6 660
15 USAflagsmall Jan Opperman 16 19 7 10 6 580
16 USAflagsmall Rick Mears DNQ 8 9 9 390
17 USAflagsmall Bill Puterbaugh 22 DNQ 7 8 375
18 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff 24 8 16 6 21 17 370
19 USAflagsmall George Snider 13 9 22 7 10 365
20 USAflagsmall Salt Walther 9 9 9 18 DNQ 22 340
21 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 7 16 32 14 10 19 13 16 30 21 7 330
22 USAflagsmall John Martin 11 8 21 7 21 9 17 18 18 300
23 USAflagsmall Todd Gibson 17 DNQ 13 9 8 11 14 16 13 280
24 USAflagsmall Bobby Olivero 13 DNQ 10 DNQ 11 9 DNQ 14 275
25 USAflagsmall Larry Dickson 19 19 DNQ 11 14 15 11 DNQ 19 8 15 240
26 USAflagsmall Al Loquasto 8 10 25 15 10 12 DNQ DNQ 12 215
27 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon 17 30 11 8 DNQ 8 18 190
28 USAflagsmall Bill Simpson DNQ 8 23 8 12 14 14 15 20 DNQ 190
29 USAflagsmall Jerry Grant 22 27 10 150
30 USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen 12 14 33 21 25 16 14 16 9 13 12 12 19 130
31 USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby 11 13 22 100
32 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman DNQ 13 18 9 DNQ 20 DNQ 11 90
33 USAflagsmall Roger Rager 20 10 17 16 60
34 USAflagsmall Sheldon Kinser 19 28 12 50
35 USAflagsmall Bob Harkey 20 12 DNQ 20 50
36 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath 10 DNQ DNQ 45
37 USAflagsmall Ed Finley DNQ 13 15 DNQ 11 DNQ 40
38 USAflagsmall Tom Frantz 15 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 40
39 USAflagsmall Ken Nichols DNQ 12 20 18 14 DNQ 20
- USAflagsmall Janet Guthrie 15 DNQ 24 13 15 DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Arlene Hiss 14 0
- USAflagsmall Frank Weiss DNP DNQ 16 15 0
- USAflagsmall Larry McCoy 26 16 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Eldon Rasmussen DNQ 20 17 31 17 0
- 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan 18 0
- USAflagsmall Jerry Karl DNQ 19 21 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Mike Hiss DNQ DNQ 19 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Ed Crombie DNQ 20 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jack Owens DNQ 21 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Billy Scott DNQ 23 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall John Mahler DNQ 25 0
- USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen DNQ 28 DNQ 33 27 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Danny Ongais 28 0
- 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Hobbs 29 0
- USAflagsmall Mel Kenyon DNQ 33 0
- USAflagsmall Greg Hodges DNQ DNP DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Gary Allbritain DNQ DNQ DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Butch Harris DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Engelhart DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Woody Fisher DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Ed Miller DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Rick Muther DNQ 0
Pos Driver PHX1
USAflagsmall
TRE1
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MIC1
USAflagsmall
TXS1
USAflagsmall
TRE2
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
ONT
USAflagsmall
MIC2
USAflagsmall
TXS2
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: David Hobbs, Danny Ongais and Vern Schuppan not eligible for points.

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1976/. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 


from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.oldracingcars.com/indy/. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 


from the original on 2009-05-13. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1976.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


from the original on 2011-05-03. http://old.motorsport.com/stats/champ/data/1976sum.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 


See alsoEdit

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