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 [1] was the tenth running of the Sports Car Club of America's premier open wheel racing series [2] and the third to be co-sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the United States Auto Club (USAC).[3]

The championship was won by Brian Redman driving a Lola T332 Chevrolet.[4] It was Redman's third consecutive SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship title win.[5] For the first time in three years, a vehicle other than a Lola won a race, with March and Shadow winning one race each.[5] 1976 also marked the first race win by a non-Chevrolet powered car since the 1971 season, with a Dodge-powered Shadow winning at Road America.[5]

1976 was to be the final year of the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship as the SCCA replaced it with a revived Can Am Series for 1977.[6] The rules for the new series were to allow the Formula 5000 cars to compete with fully enveloping bodywork.[6]

Race results[edit]

Brian Redman won the championship driving a Lola T332C similar to that pictured above

The championship was contested over a seven race series.[4]

Race [7] Date [7] Location [7] Distance [7] Winning driver [7] Winning car [7]
1 May 9 Pocono International Raceway 35 laps Brian Redman Lola T332CChevrolet V8
2 June 20 Mosport Park 40 laps Alan Jones Lola T332Chevrolet V8
3 July 11 Watkins Glen International 30 laps Alan Jones March 76AChevrolet V8
4 July 25 Road America 25 laps Jackie Oliver Shadow DN6BDodge V8
5 August 8 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 42 laps Brian Redman Lola T332CChevrolet V8
6 August 28 Road America 20 laps Brian Redman Lola T332CChevrolet V8
7 October 17 Riverside International Raceway 40 laps Al Unser Lola T332Chevrolet V8

Points system[edit]

Championship points were awarded on a 36-24-16-12-8-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten positions in each race.[4]

Championship standings[edit]

Position [4] Driver [4] Car [4] Points [4]
1 Brian Redman Lola T332C Chevrolet 132
2 Al Unser Lola T332 Chevrolet 112
3 Jackie Oliver Shadow DN6B Dodge 108
4 Alan Jones Lola T332 Chevrolet
March 76A Chevrolet
Lola T332C Chevrolet
96
5 Danny Ongais Lola T332C Chevrolet 78
6 Vern Schuppan Eagle 755 Chevrolet [8]
Lola T332 Chevrolet
45
7 Warwick Brown Lola T332 Chevrolet
Lola T430 Chevrolet
41
8 Peter Gethin Lola T430 Chevrolet
Chevron B37 Chevrolet
37
9 Teddy Pilette Lola T430 Chevrolet
Chevron B37 Chevrolet
23
10 Randy Lewis Lola T332 Chevrolet 20
11 Brett Lunger Lola T332 Chevrolet 18
12 Horst Kroll Lola T300 Chevrolet 11
13 Skeeter McKitterick Lola T332 Chevrolet 9
14 Sam Posey Talon MR1A Chevrolet 8
15 John Cannon March 731/751 Chevrolet 8
16 Bob Lazier Lola T330/T332 Chevrolet 7
17 Arlon Koops Lola T330 Chevrolet 5
18 Evan Noyes Lola T332 Chevrolet 4
19 John David Briggs Lola T332 Chevrolet 4
20 Tuck Thomas Lola T332 Chevrolet 3
21 John Benton Lola T330 Chevrolet 2
= Richard Shirey Lola T332C Chevrolet 2
= Patrick Tambay Lola T332 Chevrolet 2
24 Bruce Allison Lola T330 Chevrolet 1
= Bob Nagel Lola T332 Chevrolet 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaycee Grand Prix - SCCA/USAC Formula 500 Championship Race, www.myf5000.com Retrieved on 29 May 2014
  2. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, pages 7 to 102
  3. ^ Wolfgang Kopfler, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, page 81
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Wolfgang Kopfler, 1976 Formula 5000 Championship, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, pages 101 & 102
  5. ^ a b c Gordon Kirby, The Season in the USA, Automobile Year 1976/77, pages 191 to 192
  6. ^ a b Wolfgang Kopfler, The end of Formula 5000, Formula A and Formula 5000 in America - Race by Race, 2003, page 110
  7. ^ a b c d e f US Formula 5000 races 1968-1976, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 29 May 2014
  8. ^ SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship Round, Pocono International Raceway, 9 May 1976, www.oldracingcars.com Retrieved on 29 May 2014