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1972 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 3 of 10
Saturday, May 27, 1972 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:04:06
Average Speed: 162.962 mph
Pole Speed: 195.94 mph
Cautions: 5 for 22 laps
Margin of Victory: 190.95 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 7

Glossary    1972 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1972 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
3 61   Joe Leonard Samsonite   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy20058,798running0700
93111   Jimmy Caruthers U.S. Armed Forces   (Quality Racing Team)Scorpion / Foyt19423,094running0200
31 212   Peter Revson Gulf   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy2315,924gearbox0 
242014   Roger McCluskey American Underwriters   (Lindsey Hopkins)Antares / Offy9215,016valve0 
211015   Steve Krisiloff Ayr-Way / Lloyd's   (Grant King)King / Offy10215,954turbocharger0 
192817   Dennis Zimmerman Bryant Heating & Cooling   (Rolla Vollstedt)McLaren / Offy11617,320distributor0 
27 818   Johnny Rutherford Patrick Petroleum   (Pat Patrick-Walt Michner)Brabham / Offy5514,535connecting rod0 
25172   A.J. Foyt ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt6015,611turbocharger0 
103221   Cale Yarborough Bill Daniels GOP   (Gene White)Atlanta / Foyt19322,133running0150
181223   Mel Kenyon Gilmore Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Coyote / Foyt12617,146injector0 
202624   Gordon Johncock Gulf   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy11317,823exhaust valve0 
28183   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy5414,364rear end0 
222931   John Mahler Harbor Fuel Oil   (Vanguard Racing)McLaren / Offy9916,013piston0 
332733   Salt Walther Dayton Disc Brake   (George Walther)Colt / Foyt014,538magneto0 
5 734   Sam Posey Norris Eagle   (Champ Carr Inc.)Eagle / Offy19837,411running0 
173037   Lee Kunzman Caves Buick   (Myron Caves)Gerhardt / Offy13117,901spun out0 
2194   Al Unser Viceroy   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy20095,258running0800
153340   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Andy Granatelli)Lola / Foyt18219,145running0 
32 942   Swede Savage Michner Industries   (Pat Patrick-Walt Michner)Eagle / Offy513,767connecting rod0 
132344   Dick Simon TraveLodge Sleeper   (Dick Simon)Lola / Foyt18619,759running0 
121548   Jerry Grant Mystery Eagle   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy18823,853illegal pitstop1650
6115   Lloyd Ruby Wynn's   (Gene White)Atlanta / Foyt19629,507running0400
42452   Sammy Sessions Gene White Racing   (Gene White)Lola / Ford20039,583running0600
231356   Jim Hurtubise Miller High Life   (MVS Inc.)Coyote / Foyt9415,350disqualified0 
30 16   Bobby Unser Olsonite   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy3130,830distributor30 
72560   Mike Hiss STP / Pylon Windshield WipersEagle / Offy19629,870running0300
1 366   Mark Donohue Sunoco DX   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy200218,768running131000
14 47   Gary Bettenhausen Sunoco   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy18241,284ignition138 
112184   George Snider ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19023,080running0100
161489   John Martin Automotive TechnologyBrabham / Offy16118,084fuel leak0 
8 59   Mario Andretti Viceroy   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy19424,822in pits0250
292295   Carl Williams City of Terre Haute   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy5214,022oil cooler0 
261698   Mike Mosley Vivitar   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy5615,984crash3 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Billy Vukovich, Jr.3Sugaripe Prune
Jerry Karl4, 58, 99Thermo King, Midwest Manuf., Joe Hunt Magneto
Wally Dallenbach10Gilmore Racing
Jim Malloy16Thermo King
Larry Dickson19Minnesota Invader
George Eaton25Fejer Racing Team
Bill Simpson28Simpson Safety Equipment
George Snider35Ayr-Way / Lloyds
Merle Bettenhausen35Ayr-Way / Lloyds
Bentley Warren36Bay State Racing
Rick Muther38Two Jacks
Swede Savage42Michner Petroleum
Al Loquasto43Martin Guitar
Jigger Sirois50, 97Roughneck Drilling, Vivitar
Jim Hurtubise56Miller High Life
Lee Brayton61Eisenhour Racing
Tom Bigelow70Smith Speed Shop
Jim McElreath73Gilmore Racing
Arnie Knepper90C.H.E.K. Racing
Bill Puterbaugh91Steed
Bruce Walkup97Vivitar
Bob Harkey99Joe Hunt Magneto

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12828  
29313   debris 
325625  
57626   #98 accident frontstretch 
6314482  
1451506   #37 accident turn 2 
15117121  
1721754   debris 
17619217  
1931953   #60 spun turn 2 
1962005  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.0%             Average green flag run: 29.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Unser13030
  Gary Bettenhausen315323
  Mike Mosley54563
  Gary Bettenhausen57161105
  Jerry Grant1621654
  Gary Bettenhausen16617510
  Jerry Grant17618712
  Mark Donohue18820013