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Roger McCluskey (August 24, 1930 – August 29, 1993) was an American race cardriver. He was from Tucson, Arizona.

He won championship titles in three divisions of USAC -Sprints, Stocks, and Champ Cars. He won the USAC Sprint Car title in 1963 and 1966, the USAC Stock Car title in 1969 and 1970. The Champ Car title in 1973. His first USAC Stock Car start resulted in a runner-up finish in Phoenix, Arizona in January 1968, when he drove as a substitute driver for Norm Nelson.

McCluskey earned four USAC Midget Car wins, 23 USAC Sprint Car wins, 23 USAC Stock Car wins and five USAC Championship Car (national championship) wins. He was the USAC national champion in 1973. He started every Indianapolis 500 race from 1961 to 1979 except 1964, with a best finish of 3rd in 1973.

He also made four NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) starts from 1969 to 1977 with a best finish of second in 1970 at Riverside International Raceway.He represented the USAC series in the 1974 International Race of Champions.

McCluskey raced for the Holman and Moody team in a Ford GT40 Mk.IIB at the 1967 LeMans 24hrs of Endurance, France. During this event, McCluskey is credited with pulling Mario Andretti to safety-and thus saving his life-after Andretti had seriously crashed his Ford GT40 Mk.IV when a front brake locked.

McCluskey died on August 29, 1993, just five days after his 63rd birthday after a long battle with cancer. In 2004 the local United Sports Arizona Race Park hosted the Roger McCluskey Sprint Car Classic in his honor.

Award Edit

He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993.

He was also inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2002.

He was also inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2011.

Racing record Edit

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series results Edit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pos Points
1977

TRE


MIL


MOS
DNS


PIR

- -
1979

TEX1


IRP


MIL1
22


POC


TEX2


MIL2


MIN1


MIN2

52nd 3

Indy 500 results Edit

Year[1] Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1961 22 29 145.068 18 27 51 0 Crash FS
1962 17 9 147.759 9 16 168 3 Spun T2
1963 14 14 148.680 20 15 198 4 Spun T3
1965 25 23 155.186 18 30 18 0 Clutch
1966 8 21 159.271 22 13 129 0 Oil Leak
1967 12 22 165.563 7 19 165 0 Engine
1968 8 7 166.976 7 29 16 0 Oil Filter
1969 82 6 168.350 6 14 157 0 Split Header
1970 11 4 169.213 4 25 62 0 Suspension
1971 6 22 171.241 15 9 188 0 Flagged
1972 14 20 182.686 15 24 92 0 Valve
1973 3 14 191.929 17 3 131 0 Flagged
1974 1 27 181.004 23 16 141 0 Rear End
1975 15 22 183.964 17 5 167 0 Flagged
1976 7 13 186.499 6 30 8 0 Crash T3
1977 11 18 190.992 10 8 191 0 Flagged
1978 11 11 192.256 17 25 82 0 Clutch
1979 72 25 183.908 35 13 191 0 Flagged
Totals 2155 7
Starts 18
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 2
Top 10 4
Retired 13
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