1969 USAC Championship Car season

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1969 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 24
Start date March 30
End date December 7
Awards
National champion United States Mario Andretti
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Mario Andretti
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1968 1970

The 1969 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 24 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 30 and concluding in Riverside, California on December 7. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Mario Andretti.

Schedule and results[edit]

In IZOD IndyCar Series 2011 Historical Record Book the winner of the Rex Mays Classic only Art Pollard, because Greg Weld lead the car only 2 lap of 150.

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 30 United States Jimmy Bryan 150 Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved United States Al Unser United States George Follmer
2 April 13 United States California 200 Hanford Motor Speedway Hanford, California Paved United States Mario Andretti United States Mario Andretti
3 May 30 United States International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved United States A. J. Foyt United States Mario Andretti
4 June 8 United States Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved United States Mario Andretti United States Art PollardA
5 June 15 United States Langhorne 150 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Paved United States Mario Andretti United States Bobby Unser
6 June 29 United States Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill United States Orville NanceB United States Mario Andretti
7 July 6 United States Rocky Mountain 150 Continental Divide Raceways Mead, Colorado Road United States Dan Gurney United States Gordon Johncock
8 July 12 United States Nazareth 100 Nazareth Speedway Nazareth, Pennsylvania Dirt United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. United States Mario Andretti
9 July 19 United States Trenton 200 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved United States Mario Andretti United States Mario Andretti
10 July 27 United States Indy 200C Indianapolis Raceway Park Clermont, Indiana Road United States Dan Gurney United States Dan Gurney
11 United States Dan Gurney United States Peter Revson
12 August 17 United States Tony Bettenhausen 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved United States Al Unser United States Al Unser
13 August 18 United States Tony Bettenhausen 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt United States Greg Weld United States Mario Andretti
14 August 24 United States Delaware 200 Dover Downs International Speedway Dover, Delaware Paved United States Bobby Unser United States Art Pollard
15 September 1 United States Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt United States Greg Weld United States Al Unser
16 September 6 United States Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt United States Greg Weld United States A. J. Foyt
17 September 14 United States Brainerd 200D Donnybrooke Speedway Brainerd, Minnesota Road United States Al Unser United States Gordon Johncock
18 United States Gordon Johncock United States Dan Gurney
19 September 21 United States Trenton 300 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved United States Bobby Unser United States Mario Andretti
20 September 28 United States Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt United States Greg Weld United States Al Unser
21 October 19 United States Dan Gurney 200E Pacific Raceways Kent, Washington Road United States Dan Gurney United States Mario Andretti
22 United States Mario Andretti United States Al Unser
23 November 21 United States Bobby Ball 150 Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved United States Al Unser United States Al Unser
24 December 7 United States Rex Mays 300 Riverside International Raceway Riverside, California Road United States Dan Gurney United States Mario Andretti
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
^A Pollard relieved Greg Weld on lap 2 of 150.
^B No pole is awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in this schedule on the pole is the driver who started first. No lap led was awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, however, a lap was awarded to the drivers that completed the climb.
^C Run in two heats of 100 miles (160 kilometers) each.
^D Run in two heats of 96.3 miles (155 kilometers) each.
^E Run in two heats of 99 miles (159 kilometers) each.

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver PHX1
United States
HAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
LAN
United States
PIP
United States
CDR
United States
NAZ
United States
TRE1
United States
IRP1
United States
IRP2
United States
MIL2
United States
SPR
United States
DDIS
United States
DQSF
United States
ISF
United States
BRN1
United States
BRN2
United States
TRE2
United States
SAC
United States
KEN1
United States
KEN2
United States
PHX2
United States
RIV
United States
Pts
1 United States Mario Andretti 16 1 1 7 5 1 10 1 1 9 2 4 1 11 2 6 4 3 1 15 1 2 21 1 5025
2 United States Al Unser 22 13 Wth 9 DNQ 25 2 19 1 8 12 1 3 9 21 1 2 1 1 2 2630
3 United States Bobby Unser 8 7 3 16 1 16 23 24 2 10 22 5 3 13 11 7 3 17 5 22 4 2585
4 United States Dan Gurney 2 2 1 21 2 1 3 4 3 2280
5 United States Gordon Johncock 10 3 19 8 20 1 4 10 14 19 2 1 2 6 10 9 2070
6 United States Wally Dallenbach 2 5 21 20 3 8 5 2 DNS 18 7 14 Wth DNQ 10 9 3 7 1795
7 United States A. J. Foyt 21 25 8 3 3 10 5 4 9 5 19 3 1 8 8 13 DNQ 25 DNQ 1570
8 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. 4 8 32 17 4 19 13 6 22 5 3 4 14 DNQ 24 13 9 17 6 27 1280
9 United States Mike Mosley 6 12 13 6 16 14 3 19 7 17 4 18 17 9 5 23 17 6 9 17 11 1220
10 United States Lloyd Ruby 3 2 20 13 21 15 7 15 3 DNQ 2 DNP 1190
11 United States Johnny Rutherford DNS 4 29 5 15 11 22 DNS DNQ 7 14 DNQ 11 12 19 4 5 1130
12 United States Art Pollard 19 15 31 1 2 18 DNQ 25 16 6 1 DNQ 18 18 14 14 18 12 19 16 1110
13 United States Roger McCluskey 14 17 14 9 5 21 4 18 14 15 3 16 15 15 2 DNQ DNQ 22 1090
14 United States Gary Bettenhausen 20 10 26 21 6 2 16 DNQ 13 6 5 10 2 19 2 20 DNQ 940
15 United States Bud Tingelstad 15 4 13 DNQ 4 24 11 5 15 13 15 DNQ 9 3 DNS 11 920
16 United States George Follmer 1 9 27 6 3 11 6 6 15 6 DNQ 14 880
17 United States George Snider 14 16 DNQ 9 5 20 25 2 7 7 DNQ 5 DNQ 26 18 840
18 United States Jim Malloy 6 11 2 7 DNS 12 DNQ 26 DNP 16 18 7 780
19 United States Mel Kenyon 4 12 24 DNP 615
20 United States Joe Leonard 6 19 20 21 27 DNS 5 19 600
21 United States Larry Dickson DNP 9 18 6 4 DNQ 6 DNQ 22 10 23 510
22 United States Sam Sessions DNQ DNP 12 19 10 DNQ 16 DNQ 18 12 23 14 12 DNQ DNQ 4 24 23 475
23 United States Jim McElreath DNP 28 7 13 20 8 DNQ 18 9 13 DNQ 11 16 9 400
24 United States Steve Krisiloff DNQ 12 9 17 8 8 12 15 13 26 355
25 United States Rick Muther DNQ 11 DNQ 12 6 9 18 28 330
26 United States Bill Simpson DNQ 11 DNQ 13 12 8 21 DNQ 12 7 DNQ 15 8 320
27 United States Jerry Grant 17 19 DNQ DNQ 4 DNQ DNQ 13 11 DNQ 10 290
28 United States Bruce Walkup 33 23 22 DNP DNQ 10 4 8 250
29 United States Bob Harkey 8 7 11 DNQ DNQ 12 11 215
30 United States Greg Weld 13 DNS 15 8 16 DNS 17 5 12 210
31 United States Max Dudley 23 22 DNQ DNQ 6 17 10 DNQ 13 DNQ 10 14 DNP 12 210
32 United States Al Smith 10 DNQ 8 20 16 9 DNQ 175
33 United States Jerry Daniels 3 DNQ 11 160
34 United States Jigger Sirois 5 18 DNQ DNQ DNS 25 14 150
35 United States Bobby Johns DNP DNP 10 DNQ DNQ 150
36 United States Carl Williams 25 12 DNQ 11 5 130
37 United States Bill Puterbaugh 9 15 16 16 6 16 120
38 United States Tom Bigelow DNQ 7 18 21 17 DNQ DNQ 8 DNQ DNQ 110
39 United States Arnie Knepper 22 DNQ 15 DNQ DNQ 26 6 11 13 DNQ 100
40 United States Dave Strickland 7 23 DNQ 90
41 Canada Ludwig Heimrath DNQ DNQ 12 14 14 13 DNQ 17 19 28 8 13 DNQ 15 65
42 United States Sonny Ates 17 22 24 12 10 61
43 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. DNQ 7 DNQ 30 60
44 United States Al Loquasto 23 14 9 13 16 11 20 DNS 26 DNQ 60
45 United States Keith Rachwitz 9 16 60
46 United States Jerry Karl 10 15 DNP 60
47 United States Ralph Liguori 18 DNQ 8 50
48 United States Johnny Anderson 8 DNQ 50
49 United States Don Schisler 15 9 40
50 United States Les Scott DNQ DNQ 11 23 DNQ 20 40
51 United States Don Nordhorn 10 DNQ DNQ 30
53 United States Denny Zimmerman 11 DNP DNQ DNQ 30
52 United States Bobby Grim DNQ 11 30
54 United States Ted Foltz 2 24
55 United States Wes Vandervoort 3 4 21
56 United States Bob Gregg 11 16 DNQ 13 20
57 United States Lee Kunzman DNQ DNQ 12 20
58 United States Bob Herring 4 18
59 United States Malcolm Brazier 5 15
60 Canada George Fejer 12 DNP 15
61 United States Charles Louderman 6 12
62 United States Grier Manning 7 9
63 United States Clark Yowell 8 8
64 United States Bob Daly 9 6
65 United States Jack Guynn 10 4
66 United States Rick Vermillion 18 3
67 United States James Byrd 16 2
- United States Peter Revson 5 3 1 DNP 0
- United States Sam Posey DNQ 8 7 16 4 3 25 0
- United States Mark Donohue 7 DNQ 7 4 16 21 0
- United States Swede Savage 5 14 7 6 0
- Canada John Cannon 5 10 DNQ 29 0
- United States Jerry Hansen 17 7 8 DNQ 0
- United Kingdom David Hobbs 10 10 0
- United States Orville Nance 11 0
- United States Gene Pacheco 12 0
- United States Butch Earley 13 0
- United States Jim Reynard DNQ 14 DNQ DNP DNQ DNP 0
- United States George Benson DNQ 14 0
- United States LaVerne Ravenstein 14 0
- United States Hamilton Vose 14 0
- United States Rollie Beale 19 15 DNP DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Dempsey Wilson 15 20 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Ralph Murdock 15 0
- United States Charlie Masters 17 DNS 17 0
- United States Todd Gibson 24 17 DNQ DNP DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Ronnie Bucknum DNP DNP 30 DNP DNQ 17 0
- United States Wib Spalding DNQ DNQ 17 DNP DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Larry Overholser 17 0
- United States Tommy Copp 18 DNQ 18 DNQ 0
- United States Gig Stephens 18 DNQ DNQ 0
- New Zealand Denny Hulme 18 0
- United States Lou Sell 20 0
- United States Earl Smith DNS 21 DNQ 0
- United States Mickey Shaw 22 0
- United States LeeRoy Yarbrough 23 0
- United States Ned Spath DNQ 24 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Ed Marshall DNQ 24 0
- Australia Jack Brabham 24 0
- United States Bob Pratt 26 0
- United States Dick Simon DNS DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Cy Fairchild DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Charlie Glotzbach DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Dee Jones DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Roger West DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Chuck Booth DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bobby Hogle DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Karl Busson DNP DNQ 0
- United States Bud Morley DNQ 0
- United States Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- United States Al Miller DNQ 0
- Germany Lothar Motschenbacher DNQ 0
- United States Bob Veith DNQ 0
- United States Merle Bettenhausen DNQ 0
- United States Dale Breedlove DNQ 0
- Italy Dino Dioguardi DNQ 0
- Italy Nick Dioguardi DNQ 0
- United States Scott Carr Wth 0
- United Kingdom Graham Hill Wth 0
- Austria Jochen Rindt Wth 0
- United States Bob West DSQ 0
- United States Pat O'Reilly DNP 0
- United States Jimmy Maguire DNP 0
- United States Joe Lehman DNP 0
- United States Roger Veys DNP 0
- United States Eugene Willbanks DNP 0
- United States Steve Diulo DNP 0
- Canada George Eaton DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX1
United States
HAN
United States
INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
LAN
United States
PIP
United States
CDR
United States
NAZ
United States
TRE1
United States
IRP1
United States
IRP2
United States
MIL2
United States
SPR
United States
DDIS
United States
DQSF
United States
ISF
United States
BRN1
United States
BR2N
United States
TRE2
United States
SAC
United States
KEN1
United States
KEN2
United States
PHX2
United States
RIV
United States
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Note1: Sam Posey, Mark Donohue, Swede Savage, Peter Revson, John Cannon, Jerry Hansen, David Hobbs, Jack Brabham, Denis Hulme and Lee Roy Yarbrough not eligible for points.
Note2: Art Pollard qualified fifth for Milwaukee event and was eliminated in 10-car accident at start of race. His original car was scored in 15th. Pollard then took over the car of Greg Weld and went on to win the race. Weld gets credit for a start but has no finishing position.

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