1973 USAC Championship Car season

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1973 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 16
Start date April 7
End date November 3
Awards
National champion United States Roger McCluskey
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Gordon Johncock
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1972 1974

The 1973 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 16 races, beginning in College Station, Texas on April 7 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on November 3. The default first race in Avondale, Arizona on March 17, but the event was postponed by rain and eventually cancelled due to infrastructure damage caused by the rain and scheduling conflicts. Bob Criss was killed in a private test at Phoenix before he could enter another event. Typically he doesn't show up in the stat sheets because he never appeared at an actual race with this Phoenix event being wiped off the schedule. He was 35 years old. The USAC National Champion was Roger McCluskey and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Gordon Johncock. In this tragical season at Indianapolis death Art Pollard in pracitce, he was 46 years old and Swede Savage in the 500 miles race, he was 27 years old.

Schedule and results[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 7 Texas 200 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States Bobby Unser United States Al Unser
2 April 15 Trentonian 300 Heat #1 150 mi (240 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Gordon Johncock United States A. J. Foyt
3 Trentonian 300 Heat #2 150 mi (240 km) United States A. J. Foyt United States Mario Andretti
4 May 30 International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 332.5 mi (535.1 km)A Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Johnny Rutherford United States Gordon Johncock
5 June 10 Rex Mays Classic 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
6 July 1 Schaefer 500 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States Peter Revson United States A. J. Foyt
7 July 15 Michigan 200 200 mi (320 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Bobby Unser United States Roger McCluskey
8 August 12 Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Wally Dallenbach United States Wally Dallenbach
9 August 26 California 500 Qualification Heat 1 100 mi (160 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States Gordon Johncock United States Wally Dallenbach
10 California 500 Qualification Heat 2 100 mi (160 km) United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford
11 September 2 California 500 500 mi (800 km) United States Peter Revson United States Wally Dallenbach
12 September 16 Michigan Twin 125s #1 126 mi (203 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Gordon Johncock United States Bill Vukovich, Jr.
13 Michigan Twin 125s #2 126 mi (203 km) United States Gary Bettenhausen United States Johnny Rutherford
14 September 23 Trenton 200 201 mi (323 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Gordon Johncock United States Gordon Johncock
15 October 6 Texas 200 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States Mario Andretti United States Gary Bettenhausen
16 November 3 Arizona 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Gordon Johncock United States Gordon Johncock
^A Scheduled for 500 miles, stopped early due to rain.

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver TXS1

200
TRE1

150
TRE2

150
INDY

500
MIL1

150
POC

500
MIC1

200
MIL2

200
ONT

Q-H1
ONT

Q-H2
ONT

500
MIC2

125
MIC3

125
TRE3

200
TXS2

200
PHX

150
Pts
1 United States Roger McCluskey 7 8 6 3 2 2 1 6 2 4 4 13 18 4 3075
2 United States Wally Dallenbach DNQ DNQ 24 4 29 6 1 1 1 23 3 6 2 2620
3 United States Johnny Rutherford 4 15 9 5 5 2 18 1 31 3 1 4 2 DNQ 2595
4 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. 15 3 2 2 22 24 3 3 12 24 1 15 6 20 3 2440
5 United States Mario Andretti 25 4 1 30 8 7 5 19 12 2 5 2 7 17 7 2400
6 United States Mike Mosley 3 9 8 10 24 4 10 2 5 3 18 14 23 20 2345
7 United States Gordon Johncock 23 2 21 1 18 14 9 17 5 32 16 1 7 1 2240
8 United States Gary Bettenhausen 2 6 17 5 3 27 24 20 2 19 2 8 24 1 6 2093
9 United States Lloyd Ruby DNQ 27 21 3 4 DNQ 8 28 6 4 8 4 11 1610
10 United States A. J. Foyt 11 1 11 25 Wth 1 13 25 10 13 14 20 10 DNS 1580
11 United States Lee Kunzman 8 11 9 7 6 20 12 3 13 20 10 3 5 1260
12 United States Bobby Unser 20 19 15 13 1 10 20 DNQ 7 10 16 2 15 18 1108
13 United States Al Unser 1 7 3 20 9 33 22 26 4 9 21 25 16 19 1080
14 United States Mike Hiss 22 14 13 17 10 6 25 5 3 27 9 3 21 11 1050
15 United States Joe Leonard 5 13 5 18 7 8 23 7 9 21 12 7 9 19 15 1018
16 United States Mel Kenyon 12 12 10 4 18 8 9 16 DNQ 9 940
17 United States John Martin 8 13 28 7 13 5 870
18 United States Steve Krisiloff DNS 18 6 16 22 18 21 6 12 7 6 11 8 21 845
19 United States Jim McElreath 23 11 11 4 6 20 5 16 650
20 United States Dick Simon 6 10 7 14 17 12 17 22 11 22 DNS 23 21 8 440
21 United States Jimmy Caruthers 21 16 21 12 16 19 8 4 15 8 9 22 DNS 9 408
22 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. DNQ 30 14 13 9 25 11 5 15 5 22 390
23 United States Bentley Warren 21 16 DNQ DNQ 16 7 8 DNQ 12 22 10 375
24 United States Swede Savage 13 5 4 22 330
25 United States Tom Bigelow DNQ 14 32 15 7 11 160
26 United States Lee Brayton 10 17 12 DNQ 15 DNQ 15 10 16 12 17 133
27 United States Sam Sessions 9 DNQ 28 13 11 23 DNQ 120
28 United States John Hubbard DNQ 19 DNQ 10 14 12 73
29 United States John Mahler DNQ 8 26 50
30 United States Jerry Karl 26 23 26 11 18 DNQ 40
31 United States Tom Sneva 26 DNQ DNQ DNQ 21 14 10 17 19 14 30
32 United States George Snider 12 25 14 12 29
33 United States Larry Cannon DNQ DNQ 16 11 17 14 25
34 United States Jigger Sirois DNQ Wth 12 DNS 13 DNQ 20
- United States Sam Posey DNQ 9 11 6 0
- Canada John Cannon 10 30 0
- United Kingdom David Hobbs 11 31 13 DNQ 0
- United States Bob Harkey 29 15 DNQ 13 0
- Canada Eldon Rasmussen DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 0
- United States Larry McCoy 14 20 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 26 15 22 26 24 0
- United States Bill Simpson DNQ 14 DNQ 26 0
- United States Mark Donohue 15 17 DNQ 29 0
- United States Al Loquasto DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 24 DNQ 19 18 0
- United States Salt Walther 16 22 33 0
- New Zealand Graham McRae 16 DNQ 0
- United States Dee Jones 17 24 19 DNQ 0
- United States Rick Muther 18 Wth 19 DNQ DNQ 25 0
- United States Crockey Peterson 23 18 DNQ 20 0
- United States Jerry Grant 19 33 0
- United States Art Pollard 19 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Joe Tetz DNQ 20 0
- United States Peter Revson 31 21 23 0
- United States Jim Hurtubise DNQ 23 DNQ 0
- United States Larry Dickson 24 DNQ 0
- United States Bobby Allison 32 0
- United States Gig Stephens DNS 0
- United States Billy Shuman DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bruce Jacobi DNQ 0
- United States Arnie Knepper DNQ 0
- United States Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 0
- United States Greg Weld DNQ 0
- United States Dan Murphy DNQ 0
- United States Benny Rapp DNQ 0
Pos Driver TXS1

200
TRE1

150
TRE2

150
INDY

500
MIL1

150
POC

500
MIC1

200
MIL2

200
ONT

Q-H1
ONT

Q-H2
ONT

500
MIC2

125
MIC3

125
TRE3

200
TXS2

200
PHX

150
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: Sam Posey, Peter Revson, Mark Donohue, David Hobbs, Jerry Grant, John Cannon, Graham McRae and Bobby Allison not eligible for points. The Rookie of the Year title any driver awarded, because every rookie did not eligible for points.

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