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1977 California 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 12 of 14
Sunday, September 4, 1977 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:17:16
Average speed: 154.687 mph
Pole speed: 195.111 mph
Cautions: 10 for 57 laps
Margin of victory: 46.6 sec
Attendance: 75000
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1977 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1977 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 321   Al Unser American Racing Wheels   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth20081517running931000
2 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt20033592running0800
3 48   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth19921717running0700
4 29   Mario Andretti CAM2 Motor Oil   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth19714417running12600
5 878   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy19510717running0500
62215   Vern Schuppan Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy1958407running0400
72980   Larry Dickson WKYG Radio   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Offy1938192running0300
82025   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth19210517running23250
91174   Jim McElreath AMC Experimental   (Warner Hodgdon)Eagle / AMC1867242running0200
103028   John Martin American Kids Racers   (Richard Beith)Eagle / Offy1866267running0150
11 520   Gordon Johncock STP Double Oil Filter   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS17412992crash67100
123285   Larry Cannon Cannon Brothers   (Wildcat Racing Associates)Wildcat / Offy1685317running050
131319   Spike Gehlhausen PV Corp   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy1635197transmission0 
142448   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Offy1545077overheating0 
151565   Lee Kunzman S&M Electric   (Patrick Santello)Eagle / Offy1384962turbocharger0 
16 95   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Lightning / Offy TC1355342engine5 
172698   Gary Bettenhausen Agajanian   (Grant King)King / Offy1174722water pump0 
182786   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy1124602manifold0 
192527   Janet Guthrie Payne Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Lightning / Offy1124487engine0 
202140   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS784367engine0 
213358   Eldon Rasmussen C-W Cleaner   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Foyt754247engine0 
221011   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy574132piston0 
231826   James McElreath AMAX Energy   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy484012engine0 
24 12   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth464892valve0 
252877   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / DGS453772engine0 
261738   Rick Mears Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy423657engine0 
271991   Steve Krisiloff Eastside Cafe   (Art Sugai)Eagle / Offy273537engine0 
282324   Tom Bigelow Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy233417valve0 
291630   Johnny Parsons Caesar's Palace   (Thunder Racing)McLaren / Offy233297piston0 
30 76   Bobby Unser Cobre Tire / Clayton   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Offy183177suspension0 
313197   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Genesee Beer   (Grant King)King / Offy143062engine0 
321418   George Snider Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Eagle / Offy82942gearbox0 
331217   Dick Simon Payne Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Lightning / Offy32942piston0 

Relief Drivers:

Car #27: Dick Simon (59 laps)

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Joe Saldana23Thermo King
Phil Threshie44Mr. Golden Sunflower
Chuck Gurney57Crower
Jerry Sneva67Crombie Brothers
Bob Harkey99Joe Hunt Magneto

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
144  
573   #18 stalled on track 
8114  
12176   #91 tow-in 
18181  
19224   #6 tow-in 
233412  
35395   #91 engine 
40401  
41444   #85 spun 
45506  
51544   #26 engine 
557925  
80845   #40 engine 
8512339  
1241307   #27 spun 
13116535  
1661705   #25 stalled on track 
1711744  
1751784   #20 accident turn 1 
17920022  
  Percent of race run under caution: 23.5%             Average green flag run: 13.9 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mario Andretti11212
  Al Unser13131
  Danny Ongais14196
  Al Unser20223
  Gordon Johncock235230
  Mike Mosley53575
  Al Unser586710
  Gordon Johncock687710
  Danny Ongais78792
  Gordon Johncock80834
  Al Unser849916
  Danny Ongais10011415
  Al Unser11515137
  Gordon Johncock15217423
  Al Unser17520026

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 3920    
2   A.J. Foyt 2840   -1080  
3   Al Unser 2610   -1310  
4   Johnny Rutherford 2600   -1320  
5   Wally Dallenbach 2305   -1615  
6   Gordon Johncock 2230   -1690  
7   Mario Andretti 1400   -2520  
8   Tom Bigelow 1370   -2550  
9   Pancho Carter 1210   -2710  
10   Mike Mosley 1030   -2890  
11   Danny Ongais 920   -3000  
12   Bobby Olivero 860   -3060  
13   Gary Bettenhausen 850   -3070  
14   Johnny Parsons 840   -3080  
15   Roger McCluskey 700   -3220  
15   Lee Kunzman 700   -3220  
17   Larry Dickson 620   -3300  
18   Todd Gibson 600   -3320  
19   Vern Schuppan 575   -3345  
20   Rick Mears 480   -3440  
21   Spike Gehlhausen 460   -3460