1970 Can-Am season

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1970 Can-Am season
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The 1970 Canadian-American Challenge Cup was the fifth season of the Can-Am auto racing series. It consisted of FIA Group 7 racing cars running two-hour sprint events. It began June 14, 1970, and ended November 1, 1970, after ten rounds.

The 1970 season began only a few days after the death of defending champion Bruce McLaren. McLaren had been testing the new M8D for his Can-Am team when he was killed. Denny Hulme was joined by friend Dan Gurney in the second McLaren, but he was replaced by Peter Gethin following sponsorship conflicts. The team overcame the loss of their leader to win nine of ten races during the 1970 season.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Labatt's Blue Trophy Mosport Park June 14
2 Mont-Tremblant 50 Circuit Mont-Tremblant June 28
3 Watkins Glen Can-Am Watkins Glen International July 12
4 Klondike Trail 200 Edmonton Speedway Park July 26
5 Buckeye Can-Am Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 23
6 Road America Can-Am Road America August 30
7 Road Atlanta Can-Am Road Atlanta September 13
8 Minneapolis Tribune Grand Prix Donnybrooke International Raceway September 27
9 Monterey Castrol Grand Prix Laguna Seca Raceway October 18
10 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Riverside International Raceway November 1

Season results[edit]

Rnd Circuit Winning Team Results
Winning Driver
1 Mosport United Kingdom #48 McLaren Cars Results
United States Dan Gurney
2 Mont-Tremblant United Kingdom #48 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
United States Dan Gurney
3 Watkins Glen United Kingdom #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
4 Edmonton United Kingdom #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
5 Mid-Ohio United Kingdom #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
6 Road America United Kingdom #7 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
United Kingdom Peter Gethin
7 Road Atlanta United Kingdom #8 A.G. Dean Ltd. Results
United Kingdom Tony Dean
8 Donnybrooke United Kingdom #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
9 Laguna Seca United Kingdom #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme
10 Riverside United Kingdom #5 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Results
New Zealand Denny Hulme

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 seven finishes out of ten rounds counted towards the championship. Points earned but not counting towards the championship are marked by parenthesis.

Pos Driver Team Car Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd10 Total
1 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Racing McLaren M8D Chevrolet 12 20 20 20 20 20 20 132
2 United States Lothar Motschenbacher United States Motschenbacher Racing McLaren M8B
McLaren M12
McLaren M8C
Chevrolet 15
 
 
12
 
 
12
 
 
 
12
 
 
6
 
 
 
8
65
3 United Kingdom Peter Gethin United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Racing McLaren M8B Chevrolet 12 2 20 4 15 56
4 United States Dave Causey United States Dave Causey Lola T163 Chevrolet 4 2 8 12 15 3 (2) 3 47
5 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United States Autocoast Titanium Racing Autocoast Ti22 Chevrolet 15 15 15 45
6 United Kingdom Tony Dean United Kingdom A.G. Dean Ltd. Porsche 908/02 Porsche 10 8 20 4 2 44
7 United States Dan Gurney United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Racing McLaren M8D Chevrolet 20 20 2 42
8 United States Peter Revson United States Carl Haas Racing Lola T220 Chevrolet 15 12 12 39
9 United States Bobby Brown United States Bob Brown Racing
United States Eno de Pasquale
McLaren M6B
Lola T163
Chevrolet 10
 
3
 
10
 
6
 
6
 
35
10 Canada Roger McCaig Canada Roger McCaig McLaren M8C Chevrolet 8 8 3 6 8 1 34
11 New Zealand Chris Amon United Kingdom March Engineering March 707 Chevrolet 8 10 10 28
12 United States Gary Wilson United States Gary Wilson Lola T163 Chevrolet 6 8 10 3 27
13 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United Kingdom J.W. Automotive
United States North American Racing Team
United Kingdom Castrol Team BRM
Porsche 917K
Ferrari 512S
BRM P154
Porsche
Ferrari
Chevrolet
 
 
2
 
 
8
 
 
12
26
14 United States Chuck Parsons United States Chuck Parsons Lola T160/3 Chevrolet 3 10 6 19
15= United Kingdom Vic Elford United States Porsche-Audi USA
United States Advanced Vehicle Systems
United States Vic Nelli
United States Chaparral Cars Inc.
United States Frank Kahlich
United States Agapiou Brothers Racing
Porsche 917K
AVS Shadow
Lola T70 Mk.3
Chaparral 2J
McLaren M6B
Ford G7A
Porsche
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Chevrolet
Ford
Ford
10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6
 
 
16
15= United States Oscar Koveleski United States Oscar Koveleski McLaren M8B Chevrolet 6 10 16
17= Switzerland Jo Siffert United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Porsche 917K Porsche 15 15
17= United States Bob Bondurant United States Smith-Oeser Racing Lola T160 Chevrolet 15 15
19 United States Jim Adams United States Earle-Cord Racing Ferrari 512S
Ferrari 512P
Ferrari 4
 
 
10
14
20= Canada George Eaton United Kingdom Castrol Team BRM BRM P154 Chevrolet 12 12
20= United Kingdom Richard Attwood United States Porsche-Audi USA Porsche 917K Porsche 12 12
22 United States Dick Durant United States Dick Durant Lola T163 Chevrolet 3 4 2 3 12
23 United States Mario Andretti Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512S Ferrari 8 8
24 United States Tony Adamowicz United States Vic Nelli
United States Motschenbacher Racing
Lola T70 Mk.3
McLaren M12
Chevrolet  
4
 
4
8
25= Canada Gordon Dewar Canada Gordon Dewar McLaren M6B Chevrolet 6 6
25= Netherlands Gijs van Lennep Germany Martini Racing Porsche 917K Porsche 6 6
27 New Zealand Graeme Lawrence Canada Canadian Can-Am Racing McLaren M12 Chevrolet 3 2 1 6
28 United Kingdom Brian Redman United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Porsche 917K Porsche 4 4
29= United States Brooke Doran United States Marshall Brooke Doran Lola T163 Chevrolet 2 2
29= United States Leonard Janke United States Janke Auto Inc. McLaren M1C Chevrolet 2 2
31= Canada Rainer Brezinka Canada Rainer Brezinka McLaren M1C Chevrolet 1 1
31= United States Cliff Apel United States Cliff Apel McLaren M6B Chevrolet 1 1
31= France Gérard Larrousse Germany Martini Racing Porsche 908/02 Porsche 1 1
31= United States Chuck Frederick United States C.E. Frederick McKee Mk.6B Oldsmobile 1 1
31= United States Bob Nagel United States Bob Nagel Lola T70 Mk.3 Ford 1 1
31= United States Ron Goldleaf United States Ron Goldleaf McLaren M6B Chevrolet 1 1
31= United States George Drolsom United States George Drolsom Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet 1 1
31= United States Peter Gregg United States Peter Gregg Lola T165 Chevrolet 1 1

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