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1977 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 5 of 14
Sunday, May 29, 1977 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:05:58
Average Speed: 161.331 mph
Pole Speed: 198.884 mph
Cautions: 5 for 22 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 14

Glossary    1977 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1977 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
2 18   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth200106,051running3800
18 26   Bobby Unser Cobre Tire / Clayton   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Offy9421,538oil line2 
3 321   Al Unser American Racing Wheels / Vel's   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth19964,114running17700
1 414   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt200252,278running461000
11 520   Gordon Johncock STP Double Oil Filter   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS18444,230engine129100
26 69   Mario Andretti CAM2 Motor Oil   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth4717,007header0 
20 725   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth9020,706lost power0 
15 848   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Offy15621,015engine0 
19 95   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Lightning / Offy9118,584engine0 
41040   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19939,927running0600
51160   Johnny Parsons STP / Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19332,019running0500
321297   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Grant King)Dragon / Offy1414,678engine0 
241318   George Snider Mel Simon   (Bobby Hillin)Wildcat / DGS6516,165valve2 
251478   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy5716,773turbocharger0 
281586   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy2817,005magneto0 
101636   Jerry Sneva 21st Amendment   (Spirit of America Racers)McLaren / Offy18722,601running0150
33172   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth1219,051gearbox0 
81811   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy19126,341running0250
271910   Lloyd Ruby 1st National City Travelers ChecksLightning / Offy3416,168crash0 
232073   Jim McElreath Carrillo Rods   (Carrillo Industries)Eagle / AMC7121,935waste gate0 
162198   Gary Bettenhausen Agajanian-Knievel   (Grant King)King / Offy13819,079stalled0 
62224   Tom Bigelow Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy19229,899running0400
172384   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Gilmore RacingCoyote / Foyt11019,271connecting rod1 
72465   Lee Kunzman City of Syracuse   (Patrick Santello)Eagle / Offy19128,141running0300
92592   Steve Krisiloff Dave McIntire Chevy   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy19125,801running0200
292627   Janet Guthrie Bryant Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Lightning / Offy2716,121engine0 
222729   Cliff Hucul Team Canada   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy7217,232rear end0 
122816   Bill Puterbaugh Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)Eagle / Offy17022,137oil leak050
302938   Clay Regazzoni Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy2515,212fuel leak0 
313017   Dick Simon Bryant Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy2415,032engine0 
143142   John Mahler 20th Century   (Don Mergard)Eagle / Offy15719,976running0 
133258   Eldon Rasmussen Rent-A-Racer   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Foyt16820,370rear end0 
213372   Bubby Jones Bruce Cogle Ford   (Bobby Hillin)Eagle / Offy7816,856valve0 

Relief Drivers:
Car #42: Larry Cannon (8 laps)

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Joe Saldana64Toledo Construction Equipment
Jerry Sneva63Spirit of America
Larry McCoy63Spirit of America
Larry Cannon67Crombie
Jerry Grant69, 75Team 69 / Hoffman Trucking, Alex Foods
Larry Dickson80WKYG Radio / Polak
Tom Frantz88Boyd Robeson
Bob Harkey88Boyd Robeson
Mel Kenyon88Boyd Robeson
Rick Mears90Eastside Cafe
Teddy Pilette91Sugai
Clay Regazzoni39Theodore Racing
Jerry Karl37, 88Bryant Heating & Cooling, Boyd Robeson
Vern Schuppan85Wildcat Racing
Salt Walther77Dayton-Walther
Jim McElreath26AMAX Coal Company
Jim Hurtubise56Moran Electric
Bobby Olivero15Alex Foods
Billy Vukovich, Jr.15, 75Alex Foods
Spike Gehlhausen19PV Corp.
Todd Gibson22, 96Baja Boats, McIntire Chevy Center
Gary Irvin23McCord Auto Supply
John Martin28American Kids Racers
Steve Krisiloff93McIntire Chevy Center

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
Reason'Lucky
Dog'
13535  
36449   #10 accident 
45484  
49513   #58 spun 
526817  
69724   #18 tow-in 
7315886  
1591602   #48 tow-in 
1611622  
1631664   #60 tow-in 
16720034  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.0%             Average green flag run: 29.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Al Unser11717
  Gordon Johncock18214
  A.J. Foyt22232
  George Snider24252
  Billy Vukovich, Jr.26261
  A.J. Foyt275125
  Gordon Johncock526817
  Bobby Unser69702
  Gordon Johncock719323
  Tom Sneva94963
  Gordon Johncock9717983
  A.J. Foyt1801823
  Gordon Johncock1831842
  A.J. Foyt18520016