1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship season

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1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship season
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The 1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship season was the tenth season of the Sports Car Club of America's premier open wheel racing series. All rounds were co-sanctioned by the United States Auto Club. For the first time in three years, a vehicle other than a Lola won a race, with March and Shadow winning one race apiece. The season also marked the end of the domination of the championship by the Chevrolet engine, with a Dodge-powered car winning at Road America. This was the first win by a non-Chevrolet powered car since the 1971 season.[1]

The 1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship was won by Brian Redman driving a Lola T332 Chevrolet. It was Redman's third consecutive SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship title win.

In 1977 the Formula 5000 category would form the basis for a revival of the Can Am Series, beginning a slight resurgence of interest also contributed to by the Trans Am Series in the 1980s.

Round Event Date Event Location Event Duration Winning Driver Winning Vehicle
1 May 9 Pocono International Raceway 35 laps Brian Redman Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8
2 June 20 Mosport Park 40 laps Alan Jones Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8
3 July 11 Watkins Glen International 30 laps Alan Jones March 76A - Chevrolet V8
4 July 25 Road America 25 laps Jackie Oliver Shadow DN6B - Dodge V8
5 August 8 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 42 laps Brian Redman Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8
6 August 28 Road America 20 laps Brian Redman Lola T332C - Chevrolet V8
7 October 17 Riverside International Raceway 40 laps Al Unser Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon Kirkby, The Season in the USA, Automobile Year 1976/77, page 192

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