1977 USAC Championship Car season

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1977 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 14
Start date March 6
End date October 29
Awards
National champion United States Tom Sneva
Indianapolis 500 winner United States A. J. Foyt
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1976 1978

The 1977 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 14 races, beginning in Ontario, California on March 6 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on October 29. The USAC National Champion was Tom Sneva and the Indianapolis 500 winner was A. J. Foyt. The schedule included a road course for the first time since 1970.

Schedule and results[edit]


Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 6 Datsun Twin 200s 200 mi (320 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States Johnny Rutherford United States A. J. Foyt
2 March 27 Jimmy Bryan 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford
3 April 2 Texas Grand Prix 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States Johnny Rutherford United States Tom Sneva
4 April 30 Trenton 200 201 mi (323 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States Johnny Rutherford United States Wally Dallenbach
5 May 29 International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi (800 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Tom Sneva United States A. J. Foyt
6 June 12 Rex Mays Classic 150 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Bobby Unser United States Johnny Rutherford
7 June 26 Schaefer 500 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States A. J. Foyt United States Tom Sneva
8 July 3 Molson Diamond Indy 184.425 mi (296.803 km) Mosport Park Bowmanville, Ontario United States Al Unser United States A. J. Foyt
9 July 17 Norton 200 200 mi (320 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Tom Sneva United States Danny Ongais
10 July 31 American Parts 200 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States Danny Ongais United States Johnny Rutherford
11 August 21 Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Danny Ongais United States Johnny Rutherford
12 September 4 California 500 500 mi (800 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States Johnny Rutherford United States Al Unser
13 September 17 Michigan Grand Prix 150 mi (240 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States Danny Ongais United States Gordon Johncock
14 October 29 Bobby Ball 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Bobby Unser United States Gordon Johncock
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver ONT1
PHX1
TXS1
TRE
INDY
MIL1
POC
MOS
MIC1
TXS2
MIL2
ONT2
MIC2
PHX2
Pts
1 United States Tom Sneva 14 16 1 10 2 2 1 3 4 5 18 3 10 17 3965
2 United States Al Unser 2 9 2 3 3 25 17 16 21 15 1 4 2 3030
3 United States Johnny Rutherford 25 1 4 8 33 1 5 9 3 1 1 24 2 22 2840
4 United States A. J. Foyt 1 2 14 1 Wth 15 1 DNQ 19 2 2840
5 United States Gordon Johncock 5 12 9 2 11 12 3 18 2 2 10 11 1 1 2830
6 United States Wally Dallenbach 18 10 3 1 4 15 4 16 8 17 3 20 3 6 2635
7 United States Mario Andretti DNQ 16 26 2 4 20 4 1580
8 United States Pancho Carter 3 20 11 9 15 5 20 10 3 2 14 3 1420
9 United States Tom Bigelow 4 4 12 15 6 7 29 8 11 10 4 28 15 19 1370
10 United States Mike Mosley 16 6 5 3 19 4 8 Wth 16 18 DNQ 1030
11 United States Roger McCluskey 22 3 17 5 8 19 26 11 20 DNQ 20 22 7 5 940
12 United States Danny Ongais 7 5 13 20 17 23 15 1 13 21 8 17 12 935
13 United States Bobby Olivero 25 6 32 9 6 5 9 21 920
14 United States Gary Bettenhausen 10 11 11 16 20 7 2 17 8 17 14 850
15 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. DNQ DNP 5 DNQ 11 18 4 13 29 14 20 840
16 United States Larry Dickson 13 DNQ 18 DNQ 13 5 8 12 7 6 18 740
17 United States Lee Kunzman 7 DNP 6 DNQ 22 15 16 DNQ 700
18 United States Todd Gibson 11 13 6 6 DNQ 14 DNQ 4 15 DNQ DNQ 600
19 United States Rick Mears 24 DNQ 15 DNQ 30 6 7 5 26 8 555
20 United States Spike Gehlhausen 26 14 8 12 DNQ 9 DNQ 10 9 12 7 13 13 7 550
21 United States Jim McElreath 23 24 12 6 9 5 530
22 Australia Vern Schuppan 8 8 16 17 DNQ 21 19 6 475
23 United States Salt Walther 23 18 4 DNQ 18 12 6 DNP 25 DNQ 13 450
24 United States Dick Simon 6 7 31 13 16 19 14 9 33 11 360
25 United States Steve Krisiloff 21 9 DNP 22 14 7 DNQ 19 27 320
26 United States James McElreath DNQ 7 7 DNQ 31 DNQ DNQ 23 19 240
27 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. 20 19 13 17 9 12 14 31 220
28 United States Joe Saldana DNQ 11 10 Wth 18 11 DNQ 22 220
29 United States Jerry Grant DNQ 13 5 DNQ DNQ 16 200
30 Canada Ed Crombie DNQ 10 7 DNQ 14 DNS 165
31 United States Jerry Sneva 10 DNP 18 DNQ DNQ 22 DNQ DNQ 150
32 United States John Martin DNQ 10 150
33 United States Larry Cannon DNP DNQ 12 12 9 125
34 United States Bill Simpson 9 22 DNQ 80
35 United States Bobby Unser 15 17 DNP Wth 18 16 19 21 15 17 30 8 75
36 United States Clark Templeman 8 75
37 United States Al Loquasto 19 21 DNP Wth 28 28 11 19 11 16 70
38 United States Gary Irvin 10 14 DNQ 60
39 United States Bill Puterbaugh 12 50
40 United States George Snider 24 33 DNQ 20 32 21 10 45
41 Canada Cliff Hucul 12 15 19 22 DNP DNQ 20
- United States Phil Threshie 13 16 DNQ 0
- Canada Eldon Rasmussen 13 21 0
- United States John Mahler 14 14 DNQ 0
- United States Tom Gloy 15 0
- United States Janet Guthrie DNQ 29 17 18 0
- United States Lloyd Ruby 17 27 DNP 0
- United States Bubby Jones 21 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bob Harkey DNQ 22 DNQ 0
- United States Chuck Gurney 27 DNQ 0
- Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 30 0
- United States Sheldon Kinser 32 0
- Australia Alan Jones DNS DNQ 0
- United States Larry McCoy DNQ Wth 0
- United States Tommy Hunt DNS 0
- United States Ed Finley DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Jerry Karl DNQ DNQ 0
- Sweden Bertil Roos DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Duke Cook DNQ 0
- United States Woody Fisher DNQ 0
- United States Tom Frantz DNQ 0
- United States Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- United States Mel Kenyon DNQ 0
- New Zealand Graham McRae DNQ 0
- Belgium Teddy Pilette DNQ 0
- United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson DNP 0
Pos Driver ONT1
PHX1
TXS1
TRE
INDY
MIL1
POC
MOS
MIC1
TXS2
MIL2
ONT2
MIC2
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: Janet Guthrie and Clay Regazzoni not eligible for points.

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