1975 Long Beach Grand Prix

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United States   1975 Long Beach Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 9 in the 1975 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship season
Circuit Long Beach.png
Date September 28, 1975
Official name Long Beach Grand Prix
Location Long Beach, California, United States
Course Temporary street course
2.02 mi / 3.25 km
Distance 50 laps, 101 mi / 162.5 km
Weather Temperatures up to 73.9 °F (23.3 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Tony Brise Theodore Racing
Time
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Tony Brise Theodore Racing
Time 1:19.905 (on lap of 50)
Podium
First United Kingdom Brian Redman Haas Racing
Second Australia Vern Schuppan Jorgensen AAR
Third Canada Eppie Wietzes Formula Racing

The 1975 Long Beach Grand Prix was the inaugural running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The race was held September 28, 1975, on a 2.02-mile (3.25 km) temporary street circuit. It was race 7 of the 1975 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship. An estimated 65,000 spectators saw Englishman Brian Redman win the race from Australian Vern Schuppan, with Canadian driver Eppie Wietzes finishing third.[2]

Background[edit]

In 1974 the city of Long Beach began a billion-dollar redevelopment program of the downtown area.[3] Chris Pook, a British travel agent working in Long Beach, proposed holding a street course race in the vein of the Monaco Grand Prix. In order to prepare for a Formula One race the following year, the organizers decided to hold a Formula 5000 race that was held at a track in Riverside with an exhibition in Long Beach.[4][5]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying times were set in two sessions on Saturday. Seeded drivers had one 45-minute session and one 1 hour, 15 minute session, while non-seeded drivers had two 45-minute sessions.[6] Starting positions were set by two heat races, with the finishers from Heat 1 starting in odd positions and Heat 2 in even positions.

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1 United States Mario Andretti Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:21.297
2 United States Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:21.948
3 United Kingdom Tony Brise Theodore Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:22.036
4 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Phoenix Racing Shadow DN6-Dodge 1:22.799
5 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Phoenix Racing Shadow DN6-Dodge 1:23.346
6 United Kingdom Brian Redman Carl A. Haas Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:23.602
7 Australia Vern Schuppan All American Racers Eagle 755-Chevrolet 1:23.674
8 New Zealand Graham McRae Eddie Lewis Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:24.039
9 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson Francisco Mir Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:24.091
10 South Africa Jody Scheckter Hogan Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:24.168
11 United States John Gunn Racing Consultants Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:24.204
12 Canada Eppie Wietzes Formula Racing Lola T400-Chevrolet 1:24.223
13 United States Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:24.264
14 United Kingdom David Hobbs Hogan Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 1:24.491
15 United States Jon Woodner Interscope Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 1:24.817
16 Canada John Cannon Anglo American Racing March 73A-Chevrolet 1:24.909
17 United States John Morton Krinitt Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:25.347
18 United States Brett Lunger Chris Oates, Ltd. Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:25.529
19 Australia Warwick Brown McCormack/Burke Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 1:25.734
20 United States Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:26.090
21 United States Bob Earl T.P. Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 1:26.183
22 United States Evan Noyes Evan Noyes Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:26.357
23 United States John Korn Jomar Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 1:26.846
24 United States George Follmer Lance Smith Racing Lance LSR1-Chevrolet 1:26.947
25 United States Randy Lewis Wrangler Wracing Team Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:26.966
26 New Zealand Chris Amon McCormack/Burke Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 1:27.167
27 United States Tuck Thomas Lancer Stores Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:27.574
28 United States Benny Scott Black American Racers Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:27.645
29 United States Bob Nagel Nagel Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:28.562
30 United States Roger Bighouse Roger Bighouse Chevron B24-Chevrolet 1:28.570
31 United States John David Briggs Briggs & Fodge Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:28.650
32 United States John Benton Formula Magazine Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:29.252
33 Bob Allen Manteca Motors Eagle 74A-Chevrolet 1:29.743
34 United States Arlon Koops Solazure IV, Ltd. Lola T330-Chevrolet 1:29.801
35 United States Michael Brockman J. Levitt Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 1:30.086
36 United States Bill Baker Barbara Baker Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:31.310
37 United States Bill Simpson E. J. Simpson Berta Argentina BA-3-Chevrolet 1:31.894
38 United States Skeeter McKitterick AME Racing Chevron B24-Chevrolet 1:31.952
39 Gary Wilson Sting Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 1:33.219
40 United States Ron Dykes J. B. Quality Products Lola T192-Chevrolet 1:33.496
41 United States Jim Gustafson Jim Gustafson Racing March 73A-Chevrolet 1:36.831
42 United States Michael Brayton Ill-Eagle Eagle Mk.5-Chevrolet 1:37.730
43 Canada Garth Pollard G. W. Pollard Lola T330-Chevrolet 1:38.810
44 Steve Durst J. Levitt Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 2:05.826
[7][8]

Heat races[edit]

Heat 1[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 64 United Kingdom Tony Brise Theodore Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 16:32.444 2
2 5 United States Mario Andretti Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 1
3 00 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Phoenix Racing Shadow DN6-Dodge 12 Finished 3
4 48 Australia Vern Schuppan All American Racers Eagle 755-Chevrolet 12 Finished 4
5 33 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson Francisco Mir Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 5
6 4 Australia Warwick Brown McCormack/Burke Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 12 Finished 10
7 91 United States Jon Woodner Interscope Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 12 Finished 8
8 28 United States Randy Lewis Wrangler Wracing Team Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 13
9 19 United States Bob Earl T.P. Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 12 Finished 11
10 20 United States Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 7
11 50 United States John Korn Jomar Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 12 Finished 12
12 75 United States Bob Nagel Nagel Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 15
13 71 United States John David Briggs Briggs & Fodge Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 16
14 69 United States Michael Brockman J. Levitt Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 12 Finished 18
15 97 Bob Allen Manteca Motors Eagle 74A-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 17
16 46 United States John Morton Krinitt Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 9
17 8 Gary Wilson Sting Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 9 Retired 20
18 26 United States Michael Brayton Ill-Eagle Eagle Mk.5-Chevrolet 7 Retired 21
19 39 United States John Gunn Racing Consultants Lola T332-Chevrolet Retired 6
20 96 Steve Durst J. Levitt Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet Retired 22
DNS 88 United States Tuck Thomas Lancer Stores Lola T332-Chevrolet Did not start
DNS 65 United States Bill Simpson E. J. Simpson Berta BA-3-Chevrolet Did not start
[7][9]

Heat 2[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 51 United States Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 16:30.391 1
2 1 United Kingdom Brian Redman Carl A. Haas Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 3
3 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Hogan Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 12 Finished 5
4 10 United Kingdom David Hobbs Hogan Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 12 Finished 7
5 94 Canada Eppie Wietzes Formula Racing Lola T400-Chevrolet 12 Finished 6
6 2 New Zealand Chris Amon McCormack/Burke Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 12 Finished 13
7 9 Canada John Cannon Anglo American Racing March 73A-Chevrolet 12 Finished 8
8 13 United States Ron Dykes J. B. Quality Products Lola T192-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 20
9 45 United States George Follmer Lance Smith Racing Lance LSR1-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 12
10 30 United States Skeeter McKitterick AME Racing Chevron B24-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 19
11 12 United States Benny Scott Black American Racers Lola T332-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 14
12 55 United States Bill Baker Barbara Baker Lola T332-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 18
13 22 United States John Benton Formula Magazine Lola T332-Chevrolet 11 + 1 lap 16
14 6 New Zealand Graham McRae Eddie Lewis Lola T332-Chevrolet Retired 4
15 0 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Phoenix Racing Shadow DN6-Dodge 8 Accident 2
16 63 United States Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet Retired 10
17 73 Canada Garth Pollard G. W. Pollard Lola T330-Chevrolet Retired 22
18 82 United States Jim Gustafson Jim Gustafson Racing March 73A-Chevrolet Retired 21
19 85 United States Arlon Koops Solazure IV, Ltd. Lola T330-Chevrolet 2 Accident 17
DNS 24 United States Evan Noyes Evan Noyes Lola T332-Chevrolet Did not start
DNS 25 United States Brett Lunger Chris Oates, Ltd. Lola T332-Chevrolet Did not start
DNS 18 United States Roger Bighouse Roger Bighouse Chevron B24-Chevrolet Did not start
[7][9]

Race[edit]

At the start, Al Unser led from 2nd on the grid. On lap 3, polesitter Tony Brise had taken the lead and Mario Andretti took over second place. Brise led until lap 15, when both Andretti and Unser got by. Brise re-passed Unser on the next lap, and battled with Andretti until he re-took the lead on lap 29. On lap 33, Andretti retired with transmission problems, and one lap later Brise retired with a broken driveshaft. Brian Redman took the lead and pulled away to a nearly 30-second victory over Vern Schuppan and Eppie Wietzes. Redman also clinched the season points championship.[10][11]

Result[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 1 United Kingdom Brian Redman Carl A. Haas Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 50 1:10:12.042 4
2 48 Australia Vern Schuppan All American Racers Eagle 755-Chevrolet 50 +29.938 7
3 94 Canada Eppie Wietzes Formula Racing Lola T400-Chevrolet 50 Running 10
4 2 New Zealand Chris Amon McCormack/Burke Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 49 + 1 lap 12
5 10 United Kingdom David Hobbs Hogan Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 49 + 1 lap 8
6 4 Australia Warwick Brown McCormack/Burke Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 49 + 1 lap 11
7 24 United States Evan Noyes Evan Noyes Lola T332-Chevrolet 48 + 2 laps 27
8 19 United States Bob Earl T.P. Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 48 + 2 laps 17
9 46 United States John Morton Krinitt Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 48 + 2 laps 28
10 30 United States Skeeter McKitterick AME Racing Chevron B24-Chevrolet 46 + 4 laps 20
11 12 United States Benny Scott Black American Racers Lola T332-Chevrolet 40 + 10 laps 22
12 64 United Kingdom Tony Brise Theodore Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 34 Driveshaft 1
13 5 United States Mario Andretti Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 33 Transmission 3
14 50 United States John Korn Jomar Racing Lola T330-Chevrolet 33 Battery 21
15 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Hogan Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 29 Halfshaft 6
16 91 United States Jon Woodner Interscope Racing Talon MR-1A-Chevrolet 27 Accident 13
17 33 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson Francisco Mir Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 27 Camshaft 9
18 13 United States Ron Dykes J. B. Quality Products Lola T192-Chevrolet 27 Suspension 16
19 28 United States Randy Lewis Wrangler Wracing Team Lola T332-Chevrolet 20 Rod 15
20 51 United States Al Unser Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 17 Suspension 2
21 00 United Kingdom Tom Pryce Phoenix Racing Shadow DN6-Dodge 14 Gearbox 5
22 75 United States Bob Nagel Nagel Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 14 Mechanical 23
23 55 United States Bill Baker Barbara Baker Lola T332-Chevrolet 14 Black flagged 24
24 20 United States Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing Lola T332-Chevrolet 11 Rod 19
25 39 United States John Gunn Racing Consultants Lola T332-Chevrolet 9 Overheating 25
26 9 Canada John Cannon Anglo American Racing March 73A-Chevrolet 6 Halfshaft 14
27 6 New Zealand Graham McRae Eddie Lewis Lola T332-Chevrolet 1 Accident 26
28 45 United States George Follmer Lance Smith Racing Lance LSR1-Chevrolet 0 Wheel 18
[7][12]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
1975 Atlanta Grand Prix
1975 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship Succeeded by
1975 Monterey Grand Prix
Preceded by
none
Grand Prix of Long Beach Succeeded by
1976 United States Grand Prix West