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1977 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Tom Sneva
Previous: 1976 Next: 1978

The 1977 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 14 races, beginning in Ontario, California on March 6 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on October 29. The USAC National Champion was Tom Sneva and the Indianapolis 500 winner was A. J. Foyt. The schedule included a road course for the first time since 1970.

Schedule and resultsEdit


Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 6 USAflagsmall Datsun Twin 200s 200 mi
(322 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
2 March 27 USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
3 April 2 USAflagsmall Texas Grand Prix 200 mi
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Tom Sneva
4 April 30 USAflagsmall Trenton 200 201 mi
(323 km)
Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach
5 May 29 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi
(805 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana USAflagsmall Tom Sneva USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
6 June 12 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
7 June 26 USAflagsmall Schaefer 500 500 mi
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Tom Sneva
8 July 3 25px-Canadaflag Molson Diamond Indy 184.425 mi
(296.9 km)
Mosport Park Bowmanville, Ontario USAflagsmall Al Unser USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
9 July 17 USAflagsmall Norton 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Tom Sneva USAflagsmall Danny Ongais
10 July 31 USAflagsmall American Parts 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas USAflagsmall Danny Ongais USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
11 August 21 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Danny Ongais USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
12 September 4 USAflagsmall California 500 500 mi
(805 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Al Unser
13 September 17 USAflagsmall Michigan Grand Prix 150 mi
(241 km)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Danny Ongais USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
14 October 29 USAflagsmall Bobby Ball 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock

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Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver ONT1
USAflagsmall
PHX1
USAflagsmall
TXS1
USAflagsmall
TRE
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MOS
25px-Canadaflag
MIC1
USAflagsmall
TXS2
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
ONT2
USAflagsmall
MIC2
USAflagsmall
PHX2
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 14 16 1 10 2 2 1 3 4 5 18 3 10 17 3965
2 USAflagsmall Al Unser 2 9 2 3 3 25 17 16 21 15 1 4 2 3030
3 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 25 1 4 8 33 1 5 9 3 1 1 24 2 22 2840
4 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 1 2 14 1 Wth 15 1 DNQ 19 2 2840
5 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 5 12 9 2 11 12 3 18 2 2 10 11 1 1 2830
6 USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach 18 10 3 1 4 15 4 16 8 17 3 20 3 6 2635
7 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti DNQ 16 26 2 4 20 4 1580
8 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter 3 20 11 9 15 5 20 10 3 2 14 3 1420
9 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow 4 4 12 15 6 7 29 8 11 10 4 28 15 19 1370
10 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 16 6 5 3 19 4 8 Wth 16 18 DNQ 1030
11 USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey 22 3 17 5 8 19 26 11 20 DNQ 20 22 7 5 940
12 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais 7 5 13 20 17 23 15 1 13 21 8 17 12 935
13 USAflagsmall Bobby Olivero 25 6 32 9 6 5 9 21 920
14 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen 10 11 11 16 20 7 2 17 8 17 14 850
15 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. DNQ DNP 5 DNQ 11 18 4 13 29 14 20 840
16 USAflagsmall Larry Dickson 13 DNQ 18 DNQ 13 5 8 12 7 6 18 740
17 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman 7 DNP 6 DNQ 22 15 16 DNQ 700
18 USAflagsmall Todd Gibson 11 13 6 6 DNQ 14 DNQ 4 15 DNQ DNQ 600
19 USAflagsmall Rick Mears 24 DNQ 15 DNQ 30 6 7 5 26 8 555
20 USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen 26 14 8 12 DNQ 9 DNQ 10 9 12 7 13 13 7 550
21 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath 23 24 12 6 9 5 530
22 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan 8 8 16 17 DNQ 21 19 6 475
23 USAflagsmall Salt Walther 23 18 4 DNQ 18 12 6 DNP 25 DNQ 13 450
24 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 6 7 31 13 16 19 14 9 33 11 360
25 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff 21 9 DNP 22 14 7 DNQ 19 27 320
26 USAflagsmall James McElreath DNQ 7 7 DNQ 31 DNQ DNQ 23 19 240
27 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich, Jr. 20 19 13 17 9 12 14 31 220
28 USAflagsmall Joe Saldana DNQ 11 10 Wth 18 11 DNQ 22 220
29 USAflagsmall Jerry Grant DNQ 13 5 DNQ DNQ 16 200
30 25px-Canadaflag Ed Crombie DNQ 10 7 DNQ 14 DNS 165
31 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva 10 DNP 18 DNQ DNQ 22 DNQ DNQ 150
32 USAflagsmall John Martin DNQ 10 150
33 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon DNP DNQ 12 12 9 125
34 USAflagsmall Bill Simpson 9 22 DNQ 80
35 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 15 17 DNP Wth 18 16 19 21 15 17 30 8 75
36 USAflagsmall Clark Templeman 8 75
37 USAflagsmall Al Loquasto 19 21 DNP Wth 28 28 11 19 11 16 70
38 USAflagsmall Gary Irvin 10 14 DNQ 60
39 USAflagsmall Bill Puterbaugh 12 50
40 USAflagsmall George Snider 24 33 DNQ 20 32 21 10 45
41 25px-Canadaflag Cliff Hucul 12 15 19 22 DNP DNQ 20
- USAflagsmall Phil Threshie 13 16 DNQ 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Eldon Rasmussen 13 21 0
- USAflagsmall John Mahler 14 14 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Gloy 15 0
- USAflagsmall Janet Guthrie DNQ 29 17 18 0
- USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby 17 27 DNP 0
- USAflagsmall Bubby Jones 21 DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bob Harkey DNQ 22 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Chuck Gurney 27 DNQ 0
- 20px-Flag of Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 30 0
- USAflagsmall Sheldon Kinser 32 0
- 25px-AustraliaFLAG Alan Jones DNS DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Larry McCoy DNQ Wth 0
- USAflagsmall Tommy Hunt DNS 0
- USAflagsmall Ed Finley DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jerry Karl DNQ DNQ 0
- 22px-Flag of Sweden Bertil Roos DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Duke Cook DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Woody Fisher DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Frantz DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Mel Kenyon DNQ 0
- 25px-Newzealandflag Graham McRae DNQ 0
- 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Teddy Pilette DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Elliott Forbes-Robinson DNP 0
Pos Driver ONT1
USAflagsmall
PHX1
USAflagsmall
TXS1
USAflagsmall
TRE
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MOS
25px-Canadaflag
MIC1
USAflagsmall
TXS2
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
ONT2
USAflagsmall
MIC2
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: Janet Guthrie and Clay Regazzoni not eligible for points.

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-06. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1977/. 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/1977.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


from the original on 2011-05-03. http://old.motorsport.com/stats/champ/data/1977sum.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 


See alsoEdit

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