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USAC Champ Car Series race number 1 of 14
Sunday, March 6, 1977 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
80 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (200.000 miles)

Time of race: 1:17:53
Average speed: 154.073 mph
Pole speed: 197.368 mph
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps
Margin of victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1977 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1977 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt8015369running48400
2 321   Al Unser American Racing Wheels   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth809519running1320
3 748   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Offy795994running0280
4 924   Tom Bigelow Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy784419running1240
5 520   Gordon Johncock Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS784969running23200
61917   Dick Simon Payne Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy773682running0160
71425   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth773444running0120
81785   Vern Schuppan Wildcat Racing   (Frank Curtis)Wildcat / Offy773325running0100
91838   Bill Simpson Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy773206running080
102199   Gary Bettenhausen Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy763088running060
112222   Todd Gibson Routh Meat Packing   (Richard Routh)Eagle / DGS762969running040
122629   Cliff Hucul Katke Racing   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy752450running020
131680   Larry Dickson WKYG Radio   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Offy712731piston0 
14 28   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth642614piston0 
15116   Bobby Unser Insta-Tune   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Offy522494handling0 
16 85   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Eagle / Offy502375piston0 
171373   Lloyd Ruby Hodgdon   (Fred Carrillo)Eagle / AMC472256torsion bar0 
181040   Wally Dallenbach Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS462263engine7 
192386   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy451738clutch0 
202415   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Eagle / Offy271738magneto0 
212539   Steve Krisiloff Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy151738clutch0 
22 411   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy132138engine0 
231277   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / DGS122019piston0 
241590   Rick Mears Eastside Cafe   (Art Sugai)Eagle / Offy112019piston0 
25 12   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth83519valve0 
262019   Spike Gehlhausen PV Corp   (Carl Gehlhausen)McLaren / Offy22019crash0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Johnny Parsons23, 57Leader Card, Crower
Janet Guthrie27Payne Air Conditioning
Alan Jones39Theodore Racing

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
122  
375   #19 accident 
81710  
18192   #39 stalled on track 
208061  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%             Average green flag run: 24.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Gordon Johncock11818
  Tom Bigelow19191
  Wally Dallenbach20256
  Gordon Johncock26294
  Wally Dallenbach30301
  Gordon Johncock31311
  A.J. Foyt326332
  Al Unser64641
  A.J. Foyt658016

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   A.J. Foyt 400    
2   Al Unser 320   -80  
3   Pancho Carter 280   -120  
4   Tom Bigelow 240   -160  
5   Gordon Johncock 200   -200  
6   Dick Simon 160   -240  
7   Danny Ongais 120   -280  
8   Vern Schuppan 100   -300  
9   Bill Simpson 80   -320  
10   Gary Bettenhausen 60   -340  
11   Todd Gibson 40   -360  
12   Cliff Hucul 20   -380