1972 USAC Championship Car season

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1972 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 10
Start date March 18
End date November 4
Awards
National champion United States Joe Leonard
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Mark Donohue
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1971 1973

The 1972 USAC Championship Car season consisted of ten races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 18 and concluding at the same location on November 4. The USAC National Champion was Joe Leonard and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Mark Donohue. Jim Malloy was killed at Indianapolis in practice; he was 40 years old.

Schedule and results[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Length Race Name Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 18 Jimmy Bryan 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
2 April 23 Trentonian 200 201 mi (323 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Bobby Unser United States Gary Bettenhausen
3 May 27 International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi (800 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Bobby Unser United States Mark Donohue
4 June 4 Rex Mays Classic 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
5 July 16 Michigan 200 200 mi (320 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Bobby Unser United States Joe Leonard
6 July 29 Schaefer 500 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States Bobby Unser United States Joe Leonard
7 August 13 Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Mario Andretti United States Joe Leonard
8 September 3 California 500 500 mi (800 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States Jerry Grant United States Roger McCluskey
9 September 24 Trenton 300 300 mi (480 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
10 November 4 Best Western 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Mark Donohue United States Bobby Unser

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver PHX1
TRE1
INDY
MIL1
MIC
POC
MIL2
ONT
TRE2
PHX2
Pts
1 United States Joe Leonard 5 4 3 5 1 1 1 15 3 DNQ 3460
2 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. 20 18 28 4 11 4 2 3 4 15 2200
3 United States Roger McCluskey 7 2 24 7 8 11 19 1 8 6 1970
4 United States Al Unser 6 20 2 19 15 3 15 31 23 4 1800
5 United States Mark Donohue 17 19 1 2 2 16 1720
6 United States Mike Hiss 10 7 7 13 26 6 2 14 DNQ 1665
7 United States Johnny Rutherford 13 DNQ 27 21 16 2 3 10 6 5 1620
8 United States Bobby Unser 1 17 30 1 14 20 Wth 24 1 1 1500
9 United States Sam Sessions 4 4 15 4 1440
10 United States Mike Mosley 3 13 26 DNQ 5 5 2 1250
11 United States Mario Andretti 2 22 8 8 12 7 11 27 28 3 1135
12 United States Gary Bettenhausen 4 1 14 3 24 19 DNQ 790
13 United States Wally Dallenbach 9 6 15 DNQ 2 14 DNQ 21 7 24 720
14 United States Salt Walther 11 33 DNQ 8 6 27 690
15 United States Lee Kunzman 22 17 18 5 9 4 26 12 23 670
16 United States George Snider 16 DNQ 11 23 6 21 18 8 10 10 517
17 United States Sam Posey 5 5 19 500
18 United States Lloyd Ruby 21 6 22 26 DNQ 17 18 7 490
19 United States Mel Kenyon 23 10 18 15 3 13 16 28 11 9 460
20 United States Art Pollard 14 DNQ 7 9 11 450
21 United States Jimmy Caruthers 9 12 22 10 12 415
22 United States Gordon Johncock 3 20 9 22 22 13 20 360
23 United States Rick Muther DNQ 24 20 12 5 15 22 250
24 United States Jim Malloy 15 5 DNQ 200
25 United States Swede Savage 19 16 32 6 17 23 9 20 19 19 200
26 United States Dick Simon 18 14 13 9 7 16 12 DNP 16 14 200
27 United States Bill Simpson 24 DNQ 13 24 24 9 17 200
28 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. 6 22 17 DNS 160
29 United States Cale Yarborough 10 DNQ 150
30 United States John Mahler 8 22 11 27 25 18 130
31 United States Jerry Grant 12 20 33 21 8 125
32 United States Tom Bigelow DNQ 21 DNQ 7 DNP 13 120
33 United States Steve Krisiloff 12 21 18 32 14 11 15 18 120
34 United States John Hubbard 8 100
35 United States Al Loquasto 9 DNQ DNQ DNQ 80
36 United States A. J. Foyt 8 25 Wth 30 22 21 75
37 United States Bentley Warren DNQ DNQ 14 18 10 26 20 60
38 United States Lee Brayton DNQ 10 DNQ 17 DNQ 60
39 United States Jim McElreath DNQ DNQ 10 DNQ DNS 45
40 Canada George Eaton 11 DNQ 30
41 United States Jim Hurtubise 12 21 23 DNQ 23 DNQ 15
42 United States Greg Weld 33 DNQ 12 6
- United States John Martin 16 17 17 20 32 13 0
- United States Dee Jones 13 0
- United States Carl Williams 29 16 30 14 0
- United States Joe Tetz 15 23 0
- United States Larry McCoy DNQ 19 21 24 0
- United States Denny Zimmerman 19 25 25 0
- United States Peter Revson 31 31 23 0
- United States Gig Stephens 23 0
- United States Merle Bettenhausen DNQ 25 0
- United States Arnie Knepper DNQ 25 0
- United States Jerry Karl DNQ 28 29 0
- United States Bob Harkey DNQ 29 0
- United States George Follmer DNS 0
- United States Larry Dickson DNQ DNQ 0
- United States David Hobbs DNP DNQ 0
- Canada Eldon Rasmussen DNQ DNP 0
- United States Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 0
- United States Jigger Sirois DNQ 0
- United States Bud Tingelstad DNQ 0
- United States Bruce Walkup DNQ 0
- United States Parnelli Jones DNP 0
- United States Don Brown DNP 0
- United States Dennis Ott DNP 0
- United States Tom Sneva DNP 0
- United States Ned Spath DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX1
TRE1
INDY
MIL1
MIC
POC
MIL2
ONT
TRE2
PHX2
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

Note: Peter Revson not eligible for points.

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