1976 USAC Championship Car season

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1976 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 13
Start date March 14
End date November 7
Awards
National champion United States Gordon Johncock
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Johnny Rutherford
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1975 1977

The 1976 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 14 and concluding at the same location on November 7. The USAC National Champion was Gordon Johncock and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Johnny Rutherford.

Schedule and results[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 14 Jimmy Bryan 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Al Unser United States Bobby Unser
2 May 2 Trenton 200 201 mi (323 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States A. J. Foyt United States Johnny Rutherford
3 May 30 International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 255 mi (410 km)A Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford
4 June 13 Rex Mays Classic 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Gordon Johncock United States Mike Mosley
5 June 27 Schaefer 500 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. United States Al Unser
6 July 18 Norton Twin 200s 200 mi (320 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States A. J. Foyt United States Gordon Johncock
7 August 1 Texas 150 150 mi (240 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
8 August 15 Trenton 200 175.5 mi (282.4 km)B Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey United States A. J. Foyt United States Gordon Johncock
9 August 22 Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Johnny Rutherford United States Al Unser
10 September 5 California 500 500 mi (800 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States A. J. Foyt United States Bobby Unser
11 September 18 Michigan 150 150 mi (240 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
12 October 31 Benihana World Series of Auto Racing 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States A. J. Foyt United States Johnny Rutherford
13 November 7 Bobby Ball 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona United States Bobby Unser United States Al Unser
^A Scheduled for 500 miles, stopped early due to rain.
^B Scheduled for 200 miles, stopped early due to rain.

Final points standings[edit]

Pos Driver PHX1
TRE1
INDY
MIL1
POC
MIC1
TXS1
TRE2
MIL2
ONT
MIC2
TXS2
PHX2
Pts
1 United States Gordon Johncock 3 2 3 2 27 1 5 1 2 3 2 2 2 4240
2 United States Johnny Rutherford 18 1 1 9 4 2 3 7 3 2 11 1 16 4220
3 United States Wally Dallenbach 16 6 4 12 3 20 2 4 17 4 3 6 4 3105
4 United States Al Unser 4 4 1 10 17 2 1 32 18 3 1 3020
5 United States Mike Mosley 5 5 15 1 2 22 4 5 5 15 7 22 DNQ 2120
6 United States Bobby Unser 1 DNQ 10 3 32 4 1 4 17 21 2080
7 United States A. J. Foyt 21 18 2 17 31 3 1 19 DNP 23 1 11 Wth 1720
8 United States Tom Sneva 17 3 6 13 7 6 16 3 13 26 5 DNQ 1570
9 United States Mario Andretti 8 5 4 3 1200
10 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. 6 4 12 5 22 4 18 6 12 DNQ 13 15 20 980
11 United States Roger McCluskey DNQ 30 DNP 6 5 DNQ 22 6 21 10 19 5 955
12 United States Pancho Carter 2 7 5 18 14 29 DNQ 10 920
13 United States Tom Bigelow 20 17 14 11 29 12 7 21 7 5 9 14 18 820
14 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. DNQ 22 31 6 26 6 8 15 24 5 6 660
15 United States Jan Opperman 16 19 7 10 6 580
16 United States Rick Mears DNQ 8 9 9 390
17 United States Bill Puterbaugh 22 DNQ 7 8 375
18 United States Steve Krisiloff 24 8 16 6 21 17 370
19 United States George Snider 13 9 22 7 10 365
20 United States Salt Walther 9 9 9 18 DNQ 22 340
21 United States Dick Simon 7 16 32 14 10 19 13 16 30 21 7 330
22 United States John Martin 11 8 21 7 21 9 17 18 18 300
23 United States Todd Gibson 17 DNQ 13 9 8 11 14 16 13 280
24 United States Bobby Olivero 13 DNQ 10 DNQ 11 9 DNQ 14 275
25 United States Larry Dickson 19 19 DNQ 11 14 15 11 DNQ 19 8 15 240
26 United States Al Loquasto 8 10 25 15 10 12 DNQ DNQ 12 215
27 United States Larry Cannon 17 30 11 8 DNQ 8 18 190
28 United States Bill Simpson DNQ 8 23 8 12 14 14 15 20 DNQ 190
29 United States Jerry Grant 22 27 10 150
30 United States Spike Gehlhausen 12 14 33 21 25 16 14 16 9 13 12 12 19 130
31 United States Lloyd Ruby 11 13 22 100
32 United States Lee Kunzman DNQ 13 18 9 DNQ 20 DNQ 11 90
33 United States Roger Rager 20 10 17 16 60
34 United States Sheldon Kinser 19 28 12 50
35 United States Bob Harkey 20 12 DNQ 20 50
36 United States Jim McElreath 10 DNQ DNQ 45
37 United States Ed Finley DNQ 13 15 DNQ 11 DNQ 40
38 United States Tom Frantz 15 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 40
39 United States Ken Nichols DNQ 12 20 18 14 DNQ 20
- United States Janet Guthrie 15 DNQ 24 13 15 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Arlene Hiss 14 0
- United States Frank Weiss DNP DNQ 16 15 0
- United States Larry McCoy 26 16 0
- Canada Eldon Rasmussen DNQ 20 17 31 17 0
- Australia Vern Schuppan 18 0
- United States Jerry Karl DNQ 19 21 DNQ 0
- United States Mike Hiss DNQ DNQ 19 0
- Canada Ed Crombie DNQ 20 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Jack Owens DNQ 21 DNQ 0
- United States Billy Scott DNQ 23 DNQ 0
- United States John Mahler DNQ 25 0
- United States Gary Bettenhausen DNQ 28 DNQ 33 27 DNQ 0
- United States Danny Ongais 28 0
- United Kingdom David Hobbs 29 0
- United States Mel Kenyon DNQ 33 0
- United States Greg Hodges DNQ DNP DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Gary Allbritain DNQ DNQ DNP 0
- United States Butch Harris DNQ 0
- United States Bill Engelhart DNQ 0
- United States Woody Fisher DNQ 0
- United States Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- United States Ed Miller DNQ 0
- United States Rick Muther DNQ 0
Pos Driver PHX1
TRE1
INDY
MIL1
POC
MIC1
TXS1
TRE2
MIL2
ONT
MIC2
TXS2
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: David Hobbs, Danny Ongais and Vern Schuppan not eligible for points.

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