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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1975

IROC - International Race of Champions - 1975

Several changes were made in the IROC format for the second year. Oval races were added at Michigan and Daytona, and the Porsches were replaced with Chevrolet Camaros. Bobby Unser won the first race when a last lap "slingshot" effort by his pursuers failed to work. Ronnie Peterson won the pole despite never having seen an oval before. Race 1 was marred by the accident of Jody Scheckter and a later entanglement between Richard Petty and A. J. Foyt. Emerson Fittipaldi won Race 2 on the road course at Riverside after moving up from seventh on the grid. Bobby Unser and Bobby Allison tangled on the first turn sending Allison to the hospital with a fractured vertebrae. Unser was uninjured and restarted the race in a backup car. Allison came back one day later to win Race 3, broken back and all. Fittipaldi kept the crowd on its feet with a stirring drive from 12th to third. Nine drivers advanced to Daytona, perhaps one of the best races in IROC history, with eight of the nine starters leading at least once across the start/finish line. Unser just edged out A.J. Foyt to win the final race and the series title. (from IROC Website)

Final Points

IROC 2 Champion
Bobby Unser

 
Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Money Earned
1
Bobby Unser/Albuquerque, NM/USAC
$41,000
2
A. J. Foyt/Houston, TX/USAC
27,600
3
Cale Yarborough/Timmonsville, SC/NASCAR
22,200
4
Bobby Allison/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR
20,400
5
Emerson Fittipaldi/Sao Paolo, Brazil/FIA
18,300
6
David Pearson/Spartanburg, SC/NASCAR
16,500
7
George Follmer/Huntington Beach, CA/SCCA
15,300
8
Ronnie Peterson/Orebro, Sweden/FIA
12,300
9
Johnny Rutherford/Ft. Worth, TX/USAC
9,900
10
Richard Petty/Randleman, NC/NASCAR
6,000
11
Graham Hill/London, England/FIA
5,400
12
Jody Scheckter/E. London, S. Africa/FIA
4,500

 

Race One

 
September 14, 1974
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
6
Bobby Unser
50
Running
2
8
Cale Yarborough
50
Running
3
7
David Pearson
50
Running
4
3
Bobby Allison
50
Running
5
11
George Follmer
50
Running
6
9
Emerson Fittipaldi
50
Running
7
1
Ronnie Peterson
50
Running
8
12
Johnny Rutherford
50
Running
9
2
A. J. Foyt
38
Accident
10
10
Richard Petty
38
Accident
11
4
Graham Hill
35
Ignition
12
5
Jody Scheckter
16
Accident

 

Time of Race: Not Available 
Average Speed: 153.690 MPH
Margin of Victory: 02 second
Lead Changes: 1

 

Race Two

 
October 26, 1974
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Emerson Fittipaldi
30
Running
2
8
George Follmer
30
Running
3
4
A. J. Foyt
30
Running
4
10
David Pearson
30
Running
5
3
Richard Petty
30
Running
6
1
Jody Scheckter
30
Running
7
6
Ronnie Peterson
30
Running
8
11
Cale Yarborough
30
Running
9
5
Johnny Rutherford
30
Running
10
2
Graham Hill
30
Running
11
12
Bobby Unser
29
Running
12
9
Bobby Allison
0
Accident

 

Time of Race: 46 minutes, 10.999 seconds 
Average Speed: 98.997 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.729 seconds
Lead Changes: 3

 

Race Three

 
October 27, 1974
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Bobby Allison
30
Running
2
2
Bobby Unser
30
Running
3
12
Emerson Fittipaldi
30
Running
4
10
A. J. Foyt
30
Running
5
11
George Follmer
30
Running
6
3
Graham Hill
30
Running
7
4
Johnny Rutherford
30
Running
8
6
Ronnie Peterson
30
Running
9
5
Cale Yarborough
30
Running
10
8
Richard Petty
29
Running
11
9
David Pearson
19
Blown Engine
12
7
Jody Scheckter
6
Oil leak

 

Time of Race: 46 minutes, 7.726 seconds 
Average Speed: 99.114 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.149
Lead Changes: 1

 

Race Four

 
February 14, 1975
Daytona International Raceway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
2
Bobby Unser
40
Running
2
5
A. J. Foyt
40
Running
3
7
Cale Yarborough
40
Running
4
4
Bobby Allison
40
Running
5
6
David Pearson
40
Running
6
1
Emerson Fittipaldi
40
Running
7
8
Ronnie Peterson
30
Accident
8
3
George Follmer
3
Accident
9
9
Johnny Rutherford
3
Accident

 

Time of Race: 35 minutes, .049 seconds
Average Speed: 167.516 MPH
Margin of Victory: Two feet
Lead Changes: 12