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1976 California 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 10 of 13
Sunday, September 5, 1976 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:29:26
Average speed: 143.246 mph
Pole speed: 190.416 mph
Cautions: 9 for 56 laps
Margin of victory: 2.54 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 17

Glossary    1976 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1976 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1103   Bobby Unser Cobre Tire   (Robert Fletcher)Eagle / Offy20078386running531000
2 72   Johnny Rutherford Hy-Gain   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy20038036running24800
3 620   Gordon Johncock Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS20029561running69700
4 540   Wally Dallenbach Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19817111running36600
51224   Tom Bigelow Leader Card   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy1969961running0500
62318   Jan Opperman Spirit of Truth   (Bobby Hillin)Eagle / Offy1948076running0400
72683   Bill Puterbaugh McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Eagle / Offy1937361running0300
82038   Rick Mears Do-It Wax System   (Bill Simpson)Eagle / Offy1926886running0250
92778   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy1926411running0200
101573   Jerry Grant California-Oklahoma   (Fred Carrillo)Eagle / AMC1915936running0150
11338   Todd Gibson Routh Meat Packing   (Richard Routh)Eagle / Offy1915461running0100
122197   Sheldon Kinser Dave McIntire   (Agajanian-King)King / Offy1904986running050
133019   Spike Gehlhausen Spirit of Indiana   (Carl Gehlhausen)McLaren / Offy1895366running0 
14146   Bill Simpson Nikon   (Bill Simpson)McLaren / Offy1874946running2 
15 912   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy1854631oil tank0 
161345   Steve Krisiloff Thermo King   (Don Gerhardt)Eagle / Offy1814511running0 
172844   Roger Rager Robyn CB   (Dick Simon)Eagle / Foyt1614391oil pressure0 
182498   John Martin Genesee Beer   (Agajanian-Hammond-King)King / Offy1474271rear end0 
192923   Mike Hiss Hodgdon GMC   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy1344156ignition0 
201965   Lee Kunzman Expo AD   (Patrick Santello)Eagle / Offy1334036piston0 
21 27   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Hopkins / Offy1193916valve spring0 
221777   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Offy953801engine0 
23 114   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt777581oil pressure14 
24165   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy753561crash0 
252576   John Mahler Webster Racing   (Marvin Webster)Webster / Offy633441crash0 
26 368   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy603526ignition2 
272299   Gary Bettenhausen Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy563206engine0 
281125   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth543086crash0 
29 448   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Earle Jorgensen)Eagle / Offy542966crash0 
301817   Dick Simon Payne Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy322846piston0 
313258   Eldon Rasmussen Shellar-Globe   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Foyt202731engine0 
32 821   Al Unser American Racing Wheels   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth132611engine0 
333161   Mel Kenyon Lindsey HopkinsCoyote / Foyt82611piston0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Janet Guthrie27Payne Air Conditioning
Jim McElreath28Spirit of Public Enterprise
Jerry Karl36Shurfine Foods
Bob Harkey63Shurfine Foods
Al Loquasto86Frostie Root Beer

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11414  
15206   #44 spun frontstretch 
213111   #58 oil on track 
32321  
33375   #17 tow-in 
385417  
556511   #25,48 accident backstretch 
66705   #76 accident turn 1 
71766  
77815   #5 accident turn 1 
8211332  
1141185   #77 tow-in 
11915234  
1531575   #98 blocked pit entrance 
15819336  
1941963   debris 
1972004  
  Percent of race run under caution: 28.0%             Average green flag run: 18.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  A.J. Foyt11313
  Tom Sneva14152
  Wally Dallenbach163520
  Bill Simpson36372
  Bobby Unser385619
  A.J. Foyt57571
  Johnny Rutherford588124
  Gordon Johncock8210221
  Bobby Unser1031042
  Wally Dallenbach10511511
  Bobby Unser1161161
  Gordon Johncock11713923
  Bobby Unser1401445
  Gordon Johncock1451495
  Wally Dallenbach1501545
  Bobby Unser1551573
  Gordon Johncock15817720
  Bobby Unser17820023

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Johnny Rutherford 3790    
2   Gordon Johncock 3440   -350  
3   Wally Dallenbach 2555   -1235  
4   Al Unser 2440   -1350  
5   Mike Mosley 2030   -1760  
6   Bobby Unser 1900   -1890  
7   Tom Sneva 1420   -2370  
8   A.J. Foyt 1380   -2410  
9   Johnny Parsons 980   -2810  
10   Pancho Carter 860   -2930  
11   Roger McCluskey 760   -3030  
11   Tom Bigelow 760   -3030  
13   Mario Andretti 750   -3040  
14   Jan Opperman 580   -3210  
15   Billy Vukovich, Jr. 340   -3450  
15   Salt Walther 340   -3450  
17   John Martin 300   -3490  
17   Bill Puterbaugh 300   -3490  
19   Todd Gibson 280   -3510  
20   Bobby Olivero 275   -3515  
21   Steve Krisiloff 250   -3540