1971 USAC Championship Car season

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1971 USAC Championship Car season
USAC Marlboro Championship Trail
Season
Races 12
Start date February 28
End date October 23
Awards
National champion United States Joe Leonard
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Al Unser
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1970 1972

The 1971 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Rafaela, Argentina on February 28 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on October 23. The USAC National Champion was Joe Leonard and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Al Unser. This was the first year that road courses and ovals were separated from dirt courses in the Championship.

Schedule and results[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 February 28 Argentina Rafaela Indy 300 Heat 1 152.322 mi (245.138 km) Autódromo de Rafaela Rafaela, Argentina United States Lloyd Ruby United States Al Unser
2 Argentina Rafaela Indy 300 Heat 2 152.322 mi (245.138 km) United States Al Unser United States Al Unser
3 March 27 United States Phoenix 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Bobby Unser United States Al Unser
4 April 25 United States Trenton 200 200 mi (320 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Bobby Unser United States Mike Mosley
5 May 29 United States International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi (800 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Peter Revson United States Al Unser
6 June 6 United States Rex Mays Classic 150 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Bobby Unser United States Al Unser
7 July 3 United States Pocono 500 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States Mark Donohue United States Mark Donohue
8 July 18 United States Michigan 200 200 mi (320 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Bobby Unser United States Mark Donohue
9 August 15 United States Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
10 September 5 United States California 500 500 mi (800 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States Mark Donohue United States Joe Leonard
11 October 3 United States Trenton 300 300 mi (480 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
12 October 23 United States Bobby Ball 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Bobby Unser United States A. J. Foyt

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver RAF1
Argentina
RAF2
Argentina
PHX1
United States
TRE1
United States
INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
POC
United States
MIC
United States
MIL2
United States
ONT
United States
TRE2
United States
PHX2
United States
Pts
1 United States Joe Leonard 6 3 4 24 19 2 2 19 DNQ 1 3 10 3015
2 United States A. J. Foyt 17 3 20 3 17 2 16 5 1 2320
3 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. 25 5 3 5 2 14 10 4 3 2250
4 United States Al Unser 1 1 1 21 1 1 31 24 17 15 17 21 2200
5 United States Lloyd Ruby 2 2 5 13 11 7 8 21 6 4 23 24 1830
6 United States Bobby Unser 27 2 4 12 14 9 18 1 21 1 8 1805
7 United States Gary Bettenhausen 11 7 20 16 10 16 6 22 3 3 24 5 1800
8 United States Mark Donohue 6 19 25 1 1 18 6 16 1760
9 United States Mario Andretti Wth 9 18 30 11 4 12 19 33 2 4 1370
10 United States Wally Dallenbach 7 2 24 4 15 4 4 23 9 11 1220
11 United States Art Pollard DNP 24 6 26 5 16 16 16 2 20 9 1170
12 United States Peter Revson 2 21 7 1100
13 United States Roger McCluskey 5 4 22 22 9 23 25 3 18 28 22 2 1050
14 United States Jim Malloy 14 21 11 4 DNS 26 13 DNQ 6 1030
15 United States Steve Krisiloff DNQ 11 31 10 7 24 5 7 20 990
16 United States Cale Yarbrough 8 8 13 5 16 DNQ 32 5 8 14 11 DNQ 710
17 United States Mike Mosley 3 23 10 1 13 19 655
18 United States Swede Savage 4 5 3 12 16 23 590
19 United States Johnny Rutherford 7 20 21 17 18 6 7 10 26 DNQ 22 570
20 United States Dick Simon 13 6 12 7 14 9 17 15 DNQ 22 25 7 405
21 United States Jim McElreath DNQ 27 8 27 6 370
22 United States Bud Tingelstad 7 DNQ 19 17 300
23 United States Lee Roy Yarbrough 3 DNQ 280
24 Canada George Eaton 9 11 10 18 270
25 United States Greg Weld DNQ 18 12 10 30 8 14 260
26 United States Denny Zimmerman 24 19 8 22 24 26 20 13 DNQ 250
27 United States Gordon Johncock 9 10 8 15 29 10 20 23 25 27 DNQ DNQ 225
28 United States Sam Sessions DNQ 27 11 DNQ 7 DNQ 13 220
29 United States George Snider 18 33 21 33 14 5 32 14 15 200
30 United States John Mahler 16 16 23 DNS 23 9 200
31 United States Larry Dickson DNP 28 6 15 13 DNS 160
32 United States Bentley Warren 10 24 16 26 23 8 22 Wth DNP 120
33 United States Karl Busson DNP DNQ 8 23 DNQ DNQ 100
34 United States Bruce Walkup DNQ 8 DNQ 29 DNQ 100
35 United States John Martin DNQ 15 9 12 DNQ DNQ 100
36 United States Al Loquasto 9 DNQ DNQ DNQ 80
37 Canada Ludwig Heimrath 25 18 10 DNQ 60
38 United States Jerry Karl 12 DNQ 11 22 60
39 United States Carl Williams DNQ 11 31 26 17 40
40 United States Salt Walther 15 11 DNQ DNQ 20 DNP 30
41 United States Mel Kenyon 32 DNQ 25 12 DNQ 30
42 United States Bill Simpson 17 13 23 DNQ 19 18 DNQ DNQ 28 12 15
43 United States Jimmy Caruthers DNQ 12 13 19 DNQ 15
44 United States Dee Jones 26 12 15 DNQ 15
- United States Donnie Allison 6 17 28 24 0
- Argentina Carlos Pairetti 12 9 0
- United States Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 14 DNQ 13 19 0
- United States Jerry Grant 13 DNP DNQ 0
- United States Don Brown 18 14 14 21 15 DNQ 0
- United States Bob Harkey 14 22 29 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Dave Strickland 19 15 DNQ 0
- United States George Follmer 15 DNQ 0
- United States Max Dudley 20 17 DNQ 0
- New Zealand Denny Hulme 17 0
- Canada Eldon Rasmussen 18 DNQ 0
- United States Arnie Knepper 20 DNQ 25 20 DNQ 0
- United Kingdom David Hobbs 20 0
- United States Rick Muther 22 25 DNQ DNQ 21 24 0
- United States Tom Bigelow 21 22 DNQ 0
- United States Tom Sneva 21 DNQ 0
- United States Larry Cannon 23 26 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Jim Hurtubise DNQ 30 DNQ 0
- Argentina Jorge Cupeiro DNS 0
- Argentina Omar Cuvertino DNS 0
- Argentina Ángel Monguzzi DNS 0
- Argentina Carlos Salatino DNS 0
- United States Jigger Sirois DNQ DNP 0
- United States Bruce Jacobi DNP DNQ 0
- United States Tony Adamowicz DNQ DNP 0
- United States Les Scott DNQ DNP 0
- United States Ralph Liguori DNQ 0
- United States Danny Ongais DNQ 0
- United States Bobby Allen DNQ 0
- United States Jim Reynard DNQ 0
- United States Gig Stephens DNQ 0
- United States Ronnie Bucknum DNQ 0
- United States Bobby Johns DNQ 0
- United States Sam Posey DNQ 0
- United States Dick Tobias DNQ 0
- United States Don Hawley DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Parsons DNQ 0
- United States Crockey Peterson DNQ 0
- Argentina Jorge Ternengo DNP 0
- Germany Lothar Motschenbacher DNP 0
Pos Driver RAF1
Argentina
RAF2
Argentina
PHX1
United States
TRE1
United States
INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
POC
United States
MIC
United States
MIL2
United States
ONT
United States
TRE2
United States
PHX2
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: Donnie Allison, Carlos Parietti, Denny Hulme, David Hobbs and Jim Hurtubise not eligible for points.
Note2: John Mahler qualified 21st at Indianapolis. His car was driven in the race by Dick Simon who started 33rd as a result of the driver change.

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