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1977 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 5 of 14
Sunday, May 29, 1977 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:05:58
Average speed: 161.331 mph
Pole speed: 198.884 mph
Cautions: 5 for 22 laps
Margin of victory: 28.63 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 14

Glossary    1977 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1977 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 414   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt200252278running461000
2 18   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth200106051running3800
3 321   Al Unser American Racing Wheels / Vel's   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth19964114running17700
41040   Wally Dallenbach STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19939927running0600
51160   Johnny Parsons STP / Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19332019running0500
62224   Tom Bigelow Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy19229899running0400
72465   Lee Kunzman City of Syracuse   (Patrick Santello)Eagle / Offy19128141running0300
81811   Roger McCluskey 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy19126341running0250
92592   Steve Krisiloff Dave McIntire Chevy   (Tassi Vatis)Eagle / Offy19125801running0200
101636   Jerry Sneva 21st Amendment   (Spirit of America Racers)McLaren / Offy18722601running0150
11 520   Gordon Johncock STP Double Oil Filter   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS18444230engine129100
122816   Bill Puterbaugh Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)Eagle / Offy17022137oil leak050
133258   Eldon Rasmussen Rent-A-Racer   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Foyt16820370rear end0 
143142   John Mahler 20th Century   (Don Mergard)Eagle / Offy15719976running0 
15 848   Pancho Carter Jorgensen Steel   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Offy15621015engine0 
162198   Gary Bettenhausen Agajanian-Knievel   (Grant King)King / Offy13819079stalled0 
172384   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt11019271connecting rod1 
18 26   Bobby Unser Cobre Tire / Clayton   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Offy9421538oil line2 
19 95   Mike Mosley Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Lightning / Offy9118584engine0 
20 725   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth9020706lost power0 
213372   Bubby Jones Bruce Cogle Ford   (Bobby Hillin)Eagle / Offy7816856valve0 
222729   Cliff Hucul Team Canada   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy7217232rear end0 
232073   Jim McElreath Carrillo Rods   (Carrillo Industries)Eagle / AMC7121935waste gate0 
241318   George Snider Mel Simon   (Bobby Hillin)Wildcat / DGS6516165valve2 
251478   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy5716773turbocharger0 
26 69   Mario Andretti CAM2 Motor Oil   (Roger Penske)McLaren / Cosworth4717007header0 
271910   Lloyd Ruby 1st National City Travelers ChecksLightning / Offy3416168crash0 
281586   Al Loquasto Frostie Root Beer   (Al Loquasto)McLaren / Offy2817005magneto0 
292627   Janet Guthrie Bryant Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Lightning / Offy2716121engine0 
302938   Clay Regazzoni Theodore Racing   (Teddy Yip)McLaren / Offy2515212fuel leak0 
313017   Dick Simon Bryant Air Conditioning   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy2415032engine0 
321297   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Grant King)Dragon / Offy1414678engine0 
33172   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth1219051gearbox0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
E. Forbes-RobinsonCaesars Palace
Bobby Olivero15Alex Foods
Billy Vukovich, Jr.15, 75Alex Foods
Spike Gehlhausen19PV Corp.
Todd Gibson22, 96Baja Boats, McIntire Chevy Center
Gary Irvin23McCord Auto Supply
James McElreath26AMAX Coal Company
John Martin28American Kids Racers
Jerry Karl37, 88Bryant Heating & Cooling, Boyd Robeson
Clay Regazzoni39Theodore Racing
Jim Hurtubise56Moran Electric
Larry McCoy63Spirit of America
Jerry Sneva63Spirit of America
Joe Saldana64Toledo Construction Equipment
Larry Cannon67Crombie
Jerry Grant69, 75Team 69 / Hoffman Trucking, Alex Foods
Salt Walther77Dayton-Walther
Larry Dickson80WKYG Radio / Polak
Vern Schuppan85Wildcat Racing
Tom Frantz88Boyd Robeson
Bob Harkey88Boyd Robeson
Mel Kenyon88Boyd Robeson
Rick Mears90Eastside Cafe
Teddy Pilette91Sugai
Steve Krisiloff93McIntire Chevy Center

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
13535  
36449   #10 accident 
45484  
49513   #58 spun 
526817  
69724   #18 tow-in 
7315886  
1591602   #48 tow-in 
1611622  
1631664   #60 tow-in 
16720034  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.0%             Average green flag run: 29.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Al Unser11717
  Gordon Johncock18214
  A.J. Foyt22232
  George Snider24252
  Billy Vukovich, Jr.26261
  A.J. Foyt275125
  Gordon Johncock526817
  Bobby Unser69702
  Gordon Johncock719323
  Tom Sneva94963
  Gordon Johncock9717983
  A.J. Foyt1801823
  Gordon Johncock1831842
  A.J. Foyt18520016

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   A.J. Foyt 1640    
2   Al Unser 1400   -240  
3   Wally Dallenbach 1325   -315  
4   Tom Sneva 1260   -380  
5   Tom Bigelow 840   -800  
6   Gordon Johncock 715   -925  
7   Roger McCluskey 660   -980  
8   Johnny Rutherford 640   -1000  
9   Mike Mosley 600   -1040  
10   Johnny Parsons 500   -1140  
11   Pancho Carter 400   -1240  
12   Todd Gibson 360   -1280  
13   Lee Kunzman 300   -1340  
14   Danny Ongais 270   -1370  
15   Dick Simon 250   -1390  
16   James McElreath 240   -1400  
16   Salt Walther 240   -1400  
18   Steve Krisiloff 200   -1440  
19   Vern Schuppan 175   -1465  
20   Jerry Sneva 150   -1490