1972 L&M Championship season

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1972 L&M Continental 5000 Championship season
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The 1972 L&M Continental 5000 Championship was the Sports Car Club of America's sixth annual professional open-wheel auto racing series. It was open to Formula 5000 cars, these being Formula SCCA Class A open-wheel, single-seat cars with 5000cc restricted design engines or 3000cc unrestricted design engines.[1] The championship as won by New Zealand driver Graeme McRae.

Race schedule[edit]

The championship was contested over eight races with two heats per race.[2]

Race Date Race Name Circuit Race winner Car
1 May 7 Monterey Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway Graham McRae Leda GM1 - Chevrolet V8
2 June 4 Lucerne 100 Edmonton, Alberta David Hobbs Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
3 June 18 Watkins Glen Grand Prix Watkins Glen International Graham McRae Leda GM1 - Chevrolet V8
4 July 16 Road America Grand Prix Road America Graham McRae Leda GM1 - Chevrolet V8
5 July 30 Minnesota Grand Prix Donnybrooke Eppie Wietzes Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
6 August 20 Road Atlanta Grand Prix Road Atlanta Brett Lunger Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
7 September 4 Lime Rock Grand Prix Lime Rock Park Brett Lunger Lola T300 - Chevrolet V8
8 September 24 Riverside Grand Prix Riverside International Raceway Brian Redman Chevron B24 - Chevrolet V8

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded to drivers on a 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten places in each race, those places having been determined from the results of the two heats.[2] Total points for each driver were based on the best six finishes.[2]

Championship standings[edit]

Graeme McRae won the 1972 L&M Continental 5000 Championship driving a Leda GM1 and a McRae GM1 (similar to that pictured above)
Position [3] [4] Driver [3] [4] Car [3] [4] [2] Points [3] [4]
1 New Zealand Graeme McRae Leda GM1 Chevrolet & McRae GM1 Chevrolet 87
2 United States Sam Posey Surtees TS11 Chevrolet 69
3 United States Brett Lunger Lola T300 Chevrolet 60
4 United States Brian Redman Chevron B24 Chevrolet 60
5 Canada Eppie Wietzes Lola T300 Chevrolet 47
6 United States Skip Barber March 711 Ford Cosworth DFV 44
7 United States Lothar Motschenbacher McLaren M18 Chevrolet 32
8 United Kingdom David Hobbs Lola T300 Chevrolet 31
9 Australia Bob Muir Lola T300 Chevrolet 22
10 United States Jerry Hansen Lola T300 Chevrolet 21
11 United States Gus Hutchison Lola T300 Chevrolet 18
12 United States John Gunn Lola T300 Chevrolet 16
13 United States Allan Lader McLaren M18 Chevrolet 15
14 United Kingdom Derek Bell McLaren M10B Chevrolet 15
15 United States John Morton Lotus 70B Ford 14
16 United States Rocky Moran Surtees TS8B Chevrolet 13
17 United States Sandy Shepard Lola T300 Pontiac 12
18 Australia Kevin Bartlett McLaren M10B Chevrolet & Lola T300 Chevrolet 11
19 United Kingdom Peter Gethin Chevron B24 Chevrolet 10
= United States Horst Kwech Lola T300 Chevrolet 10
21 United States Evan Noyes Leda LT27 Chevrolet & Leda GM1 Chevrolet 8
= United States Warren Flickinger Lola T300 Chevrolet 8
23 Canada Horst Kroll Lola T300 Chevrolet 7
= Canada John Cannon March 725 Oldsmobile & McLaren M10B Chevrolet 7
25 Australia Colin Hyams Lola T192 Chevrolet 3
= United States George Follmer Matich A50 Ford & Lotus 70B Ford 3
27 United States Ed Felter Lola T192 Chevrolet 1
= United States Dave Jordan Eagle Chevrolet 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watkins Glen L&M Grand Prix Facts Sheet, mclaren-m18-06.com Retrieved on 20 April 2014
  2. ^ a b c d Wolfgang Kopfler, 1972 L&M Continental 5000 Championship, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, pages 59 & 60
  3. ^ a b c d 1972 SCCA L&M Continental 5000 Championship Review (Part 1), www.myf5000.com Retrieved on 21 April 2014
  4. ^ a b c d 1972 SCCA L&M Continental 5000 Championship Review (Part 2), www.myf5000.com Retrieved on 21 April 2014

Further reading[edit]

  • F David Stone, Continental Championship - Formula 5000 comes of age, Motor Racing Year, 1973 Edition, pages 91 to 93

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