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1976 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 3 of 13
Sunday, May 30, 1976 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps* on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 1:42:52
Average speed: 148.725 mph
Pole speed: 188.957 mph
Cautions: 6 for 21 laps
Margin of victory: 15.36 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 8

Glossary    1976 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1976 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 12   Johnny Rutherford Hy-Gain   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Offy102247829running481000
2 514   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt10299725running29800
3 220   Gordon Johncock Sinmast / Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Bignotti10265580running18700
4 740   Wally Dallenbach Sinmast / Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Bignotti10136806running3600
5 648   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Earle Jorgensen)Eagle / Offy10132549running3500
6 368   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy10129916running1400
7 421   Al Unser American Racing Wheels / Vel's   (Parnelli Jones)Parnelli / Cosworth10126475running0300
8196   Mario Andretti CAM2 Motor Oil   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Offy10127437running0250
92277   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Offy10022906running0200
10123   Bobby Unser Cobre Tire   (Robert Fletcher)Eagle / Offy10023197running0150
113051   Lloyd Ruby Fairco Drugs   (Mike Devin)Eagle / Offy10022277running0100
121493   Johnny Parsons Ayr-Way / WIRE   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy9820484running050
132723   George Snider Hubler Chevrolet   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy9820017running0 
143224   Tom Bigelow Leader Card Racers   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy9819523running0 
151112   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy9820311running0 
16338   Jan Opperman Routh Meat Packing   (Richard Routh)Eagle / Offy9718326running0 
171069   Larry Cannon American Financial   (Richard Hoffman)Eagle / Offy9717467running0 
18179   Vern Schuppan Jorgensen Steel   (Earle Jorgensen)Eagle / Offy9718035running0 
192997   Sheldon Kinser The Bottom Half   (Agajanian-King)Dragon / Offy9716630running0 
202896   Bob Harkey McIntire Ford-Chevy   (Agajanian-Purcell-King)King / Offy9716253running0 
211598   John Martin Genesee Beer   (Agajanian-Hammond-King)Dragon / Offy9616702running0 
221883   Bill Puterbaugh McNamara Motor Express   (Lee Elkins)Eagle / Offy9615578running0 
232128   Bill Scott Spirit of Public Enterprise   (Warner Hodgdon)Eagle / Offy9617381running0 
242392   Steve Krisiloff 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy9515311running0 
252486   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy9514969running0 
262663   Larry McCoy Shurfine Foods / Spirit of America   (James Bidwell)Atlanta / Offy9114553running0 
272073   Jerry Grant California-Oklahoma   (Fred Carrillo)Eagle / AMC9115164running0 
28 845   Gary Bettenhausen Thermo King   (Don Gerhardt)Eagle / Offy5215202waste gate0 
293133   David Hobbs Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Offy1014867water leak0 
30137   Roger McCluskey Lindsey Hopkins   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy815059crash0 
31 95   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy214879rod0 
321617   Dick Simon Bryant Heating   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy115524rod0 
332519   Spike Gehlhausen Spirit of Indiana   (Carl Gehlhausen)McLaren / Offy013797oil pressure0 
* Race shortened to 102 laps due to rain.

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
34Bobby Olivero78Alex FoodsBobby OliveroEagle / Offy
35Eldon Rasmussen58AnacompEldon RasmussenRascar / Foyt
36Bill Simpson38NikonBill SimpsonEagle / Offy
37Jan Opperman42Spirit of TruthDonald MergardEagle / Offy
38Tom Bigelow24Leader CardRalph WilkeEagle / Offy
39Jim McElreath73, 65Webster Racing, S & M Electric
Jerry Karl8Gibson RacingEagle / DGS
Mike Hiss11Lindsey HopkinsRiley / Offy
Janet Guthrie27,17,1Bryant Air Conditioning, Gilmore Racing
Billy Engelhart44Lan HairpieceDick SimonEagle / Foyt
Ed Miller46Thermo KingEagle / Offy
Jim Hurtubise56Moran ElectricJim HurtubiseMallard / Offy
Mel Kenyon61Dave McIntireLindsey HopkinsCoyote / Foyt
Larry Dickson65S & M ElectricPatrick SantelloEagle / Offy
Lee Kunzman65S & M ElectricPatrick SantelloEagle / Offy
Ed Crombie67Crombie BrothersVollstedt / Foyt
John Mahler91Spirit of IndianaCarl GelhausenKing / Offy
Rick Muther99Joe Hunt MagnetoJoe HuntEagle / Offy
WDGary Albrittain75Routh Meat

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
133  
463   #17 stalled turn 3 
793  
10134   #7 crash turn 3 
14163   #14 debris 
175943  
60645   #93 lost wheel backstretch 
659026  
91944   #73 stalled backstretch 
951006  
1011022   rain 
  Percent of race run under caution: 20.6%             Average green flag run: 16.2 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Johnny Rutherford133
  A.J. Foyt41310
  Pancho Carter14163
  Wally Dallenbach17193
  Gordon Johncock203718
  Tom Sneva38381
  Johnny Rutherford396022
  A.J. Foyt617919
  Johnny Rutherford8010223

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Johnny Rutherford 1400    
2   Gordon Johncock 1230   -170  
3   Pancho Carter 860   -540  
4   A.J. Foyt 800   -600  
5   Wally Dallenbach 760   -640  
6   Tom Sneva 680   -720  
7   Al Unser 480   -920  
8   Bobby Unser 450   -950  
9   Johnny Parsons 410   -990  
10   Mike Mosley 350   -1050  
11   Salt Walther 340   -1060  
12   Mario Andretti 250   -1150  
13   Al Loquasto 135   -1265  
14   John Martin 130   -1270  
15   Lloyd Ruby 100   -1300  
16   Dick Simon 90   -1310  
17   Jim McElreath 45   -1355  
18   Tom Frantz 40   -1360  
19   Ken Nichols 20   -1380  
20   Spike Gehlhausen 15   -1385