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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 (500.000 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

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 366   Mark Donohue Sunoco DX   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy200218768running131000
2194   Al Unser Viceroy   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy20095258running0800
3 61   Joe Leonard Samsonite   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy20058798running0700
42452   Sammy Sessions Gene White Racing   (Gene White)Lola / Ford20039583running0600
5 734   Sam Posey Norris Eagle   (Champ Carr Inc.)Eagle / Offy19837411running0 
6115   Lloyd Ruby Wynn's   (Gene White)Atlanta / Foyt19629507running0400
72560   Mike Hiss STP / Pylon Windshield WipersEagle / Offy19629870running0300
8 59   Mario Andretti Viceroy   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Offy19424822in pits0250
93111   Jimmy Caruthers U.S. Armed Forces   (Quality Racing Team)Scorpion / Foyt19423094running0200
103221   Cale Yarborough Bill Daniels GOP   (Gene White)Atlanta / Foyt19322133running0150
112184   George Snider ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19023080running0100
121548   Jerry Grant Mystery Eagle   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy18823853illegal pitstop1650
132344   Dick Simon TraveLodge Sleeper   (Dick Simon)Lola / Foyt18619759running0 
14 47   Gary Bettenhausen Sunoco   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy18241284ignition138 
153340   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Andy Granatelli)Lola / Foyt18219145running0 
161489   John Martin Automotive TechnologyBrabham / Offy16118084fuel leak0 
173037   Lee Kunzman Caves Buick   (Myron Caves)Gerhardt / Offy13117901spun out0 
181223   Mel Kenyon Gilmore Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Coyote / Foyt12617146injector0 
192817   Dennis Zimmerman Bryant Heating & Cooling   (Rolla Vollstedt)McLaren / Offy11617320distributor0 
202624   Gordon Johncock Gulf   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy11317823exhaust valve0 
211015   Steve Krisiloff Ayr-Way / Lloyd's   (Grant King)King / Offy10215954turbocharger0 
222931   John Mahler Harbor Fuel Oil   (Vanguard Racing)McLaren / Offy9916013piston0 
231356   Jim Hurtubise Miller High Life   (MVS Inc.)Coyote / Foyt9415350disqualified0 
242014   Roger McCluskey American Underwriters   (Lindsey Hopkins)Antares / Offy9215016valve0 
25172   A.J. Foyt ITT / Thompson   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt6015611turbocharger0 
261698   Mike Mosley Vivitar   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy5615984crash3 
27 818   Johnny Rutherford Patrick Petroleum   (Pat Patrick-Walt Michner)Brabham / Offy5514535connecting rod0 
28183   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy5414364rear end0 
292295   Carl Williams City of Terre Haute   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy5214022oil cooler0 
30 16   Bobby Unser Olsonite   (Oscar Olson)Eagle / Offy3130830distributor30 
31 212   Peter Revson Gulf   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy2315924gearbox0 
32 942   Swede Savage Michner Industries   (Pat Patrick-Walt Michner)Eagle / Offy513767connecting rod0 
332733   Salt Walther Dayton Disc Brake   (George Walther)Colt / Foyt014538magneto0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
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
Merle Bettenhausen35Ayr-Way / Lloyds
George Snider35Ayr-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
DCArt Pollard40STP Oil Treatment

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