1969 Can-Am season

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1969 Can-Am season
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The 1969 Canadian-American Challenge Cup was the fourth season of the Can-Am auto racing series. It consisted of FIA Group 7 racing cars running two-hour sprint events. It began June 1, 1969, and ended November 9, 1969, after eleven rounds.

This was the first season of Can-Am following the demise of the similar United States Road Racing Championship. With several USRRC events choosing to continue on under Can-Am, the series schedule was greatly expanded beyond its normal six event season. This also meant that the season was run over a greater period of time, rather than just being run in the autumn.

The season was swept by McLaren, whose founder Bruce McLaren won the championship over teammate and fellow New Zealander Denny Hulme. McLaren won six races to Hulme's five, winning the championship by a mere five points.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Labatt's Blue Trophy Mosport Park June 1
2 Labatt's 50 Circuit Mont-Tremblant June 15
3 Watkins Glen Can-Am Watkins Glen International July 13
4 Klondike 200 Edmonton Speedway Park July 27
5 Buckeye Can-Am Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 17
6 Road America Can-Am Road America August 31
7 Bridgehampton Grand Prix Bridgehampton Race Circuit September 14
8 Michigan International Can-Am Michigan International Speedway September 28
9 Monterey Castrol Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway October 12
10 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Riverside International Raceway October 26
11 Texas International Grand Prix Texas World Speedway November 9

Season results[edit]

Rnd Circuit Winning Team Results
Winning Driver
1 Mosport United Kingdom #4 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
2 Mont-Tremblant United Kingdom #5 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
3 Watkins Glen United Kingdom #4 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
4 Edmonton United Kingdom #5 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
5 Mid-Ohio United Kingdom #5 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
6 Road America United Kingdom #4 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
7 Bridgehampton United Kingdom #5 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
8 Michigan United Kingdom #4 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
9 Laguna Seca United Kingdom #4 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
10 Riverside United Kingdom #5 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
11 Texas United Kingdom #4 McLaren Cars Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren

Drivers Championship[edit]

Points are awarded to the top ten finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1. Only the best nine finishes out of eleven rounds counted towards the championship. Points earned but not counting towards the championship are marked by parenthesis.

Pos Driver Team Car Engine R.1 R.2 R.3 R.4 R.5 R.6 R.7 R.8 R.9 R.10 R.11 Total
1 New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom McLaren Cars McLaren M8B Chevrolet 20 15 20 15 20 15 20 20 20 165
2 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom McLaren Cars McLaren M8B Chevrolet (15) 20 15 20 20 15 20 15 15 20 160
3 United States Chuck Parsons United States Carl A. Haas Racing Team Lola T162
Lola T163
Chevrolet 8
 

 12

 8

 12

 4

 6

 12

 15

 8
85
4 Switzerland Jo Siffert Germany Porsche-Audi Porsche 908/02
Porsche 917PA
Porsche 6
 

 10

 12

 10

 8

 10
56
5 Canada George Eaton Canada George Eaton Racing McLaren M12 Chevrolet 2 4 10 12 6 3 15 52
6 New Zealand Chris Amon New Zealand Chris Amon
United Kingdom McLaren Cars
New Zealand Formula 1 Enterprises
Ferrari 612P
McLaren M8B
Ferrari 712P
Ferrari
Chevrolet
Ferrari
12
 
 
15
 
 
12
 
 
39
7 United States Lothar Motschenbacher United States Motschenbacher Racing McLaren M12 Chevrolet 10 6 10 3 6 35
8 United Kingdom Tony Dean Germany Porsche-Audi Porsche 908/02 Porsche 2 3 8 6 4 4 4 3 34
9 United Kingdom John Surtees United States Chaparral Cars Inc. McLaren M12
Chaparral 2H
Chevrolet 12
 
 
10
 
8
30
10 Canada John Cordts Canada McCaig Racing
United States Young American Racers
McLaren M6B Chevrolet
Ford
10
 
8
 
 
6
24
11= United States Dan Gurney United States All American Racers
United Kingdom McLaren Cars
McLaren M6B
McLaren M8B
Ford
Chevrolet
 
12
10
 
22
11= United States Mario Andretti United States Holman & Moody McLaren M6B Ford 10 12 22
13 United States Peter Revson United States Agapiou Brothers
United States Robbins-Jeffries Racing
Ford G7A
Lola T163
Ford
Chevrolet
 
4
 
10
 
8
22
14 United States Dick Brown United States Ecurie Green McLaren M6B Chevrolet 2 4 3 1 3 13
15 Australia Jack Brabham United States Agapiou Brothers
United Kingdom Alan Mann Racing
Ford G7A
Open Sports
Ford 12 12
16= United States Tom Dutton United States Dutton Racing Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 1 8 9
16= Mexico Pedro Rodríguez France Matra of France
United States North American Racing Team
Matra MS630/650
Ferrari 312P
Matra
Ferrari
1
 
 
8
9
18 United States Leonard Janke United States Leonard Janke McLaren M1C
Lola T160
Chevrolet 1
 
 
4
2
 
2
 
9
19 Italy Andrea de Adamich United States Chaparral Cars Inc. McLaren M12 Chevrolet 8 8
20 Canada Jacques Couture Canada Ecurie Soucy Racing McLaren M1B Chevrolet 6 2 8
21 Canada Kris Harrison Canada Ecurie Canada 1969 McLaren M1C Chevrolet 6 1 1 8
22 United States Gary Wilson United States Wilson Racing Lola T163 Chevrolet 1 6 7
23 United States Oscar Koveleski United States Auto-World, Inc. McLaren M6B Chevrolet 4 3 7
24 United States Fred Baker United States Fred Baker McLaren M6B
Lola T160
Chevrolet 6
 
6
25 United States Dave Causey United States Dave Causey McLaren M6A Chevrolet 2 4 6
26 United States Richard Galloway United States R.B. Galloway McLaren M6B Chevrolet 3 2 5
27 Sweden Jo Bonnier Switzerland Scuderia Filipinetti Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 4 4
28= United States Joe Leonard United States Salyer Racing McKee Mk.10
McKee Mk.14
Oldsmobile 3 3
28= France Johnny Servoz-Gavin France Matra of France Matra MS650 Matra 3 3
30 Canada Roger McCaig Canada McCaig Racing McLaren M6B Chevrolet 2 1 3
31 United States Brooke Doran United States Marshall Brooke Doran Lola T160 Chevrolet 2 2
32= United Kingdom David Hobbs United States Young American Racers McLaren M6B Ford 1 1
32= United States Spencer Stoddard United States Northwest American Racing McLaren M1C Chevrolet 1 1

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