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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1976

IROC - International Race of Champions

A. J. Foyt won his first IROC title without winning a race, as for the first time the series champion was determined by total points in the four events. Foyt finished third in Race 1, as he edged past Benny Parsons at the finish line. Bobby Allison and David Pearson had battled for the lead most of the race until Pearson made a pass in turn three on the final lap to take the win. In Race 2 Foyt charged from 10th on the grid to finish second behind Bobby Unser, who had missed the first race because of a broken kneecap. Emerson Fittipaldi moved from eighth to third but spun on the last lap and dropped to fourth behind Mario Andretti. In Race 3 Foyt won a furious battle with Andretti and Bobby Unser for third, as Bobby Allison comfortably led most of the race. Al Unser, in second place, moved up to Allison's bumper at the finish line with Foyt right alongside. Race 4 was a dramatic slingshot battle on the banked Daytona oval with 24 official lead changes at the finish line and at least another 30 changes at other parts of the track. Eight of the nine finalists swapped positions throughout the race. Parsons held on to win with Foyt finishing second. (from IROC Website)

Final Points

IROC 3 Champion
A.J. Foyt
 
Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Money Earned
1
A. J. Foyt/Houston, TX/USAC
$50,000
2
Mario Andretti/Nazareth, PA/SCCA
25,000
3
Benny Parsons/Ellerbe, NC/NASCAR
25,000
4
Bobby Allison/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR
23,000
5
David Pearson/Spartanburg, SC/NASCAR
21,000
6
Al Unser/Albuquerque, NM/USAC
15,000
7
Bobby Unser/Albuquerque, NM/USAC
16,000
8
Emerson Fittipaldi/Sao Paolo, Brazil/FIA
11,000
9
Brian Redman/Gargrave, England/SCCA
10,000
10
Richard Petty/Randleman, NC/NASCAR
5,000
11
James Hunt/London, England/FIA
5,000
12
Jody Scheckter/E. London, S. Africa/FIA
5,000

 

Race One

 
September 13, 1975
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
David Pearson
50
Running
2
11
Bobby Allison
50
Running
3
4
A. J. Foyt
50
Running
4
8
Benny Parsons
50
Running
5
5
Emerson Fittipaldi
50
Running
6
9
Richard Petty
50
Running
7
10
Brian Redman
50
Running
8
6
Al Unser
50
Running
9
21
Mario Andretti
50
Running
10
3
Jody Scheckter
50
Running
11
2
James Hunt
49
Running
12
DNS
Bobby Unser
0
Didn't start

 

Time of Race: 40 minutes, 20.6 seconds 
Average Speed: 148.725 MPH
Margin of Victory: One-half car
Lead Changes: 15

 

Race Two

 
October 25, 1975
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Bobby Unser
30
Running
2
10
A. J. Foyt
30
Running
3
4
Mario Andretti
30
Running
4
8
Emerson Fittipaldi
30
Running
5
9
Benny Parsons
30
Running
6
7
Richard Petty
29
Running
7
3
Jody Scheckter
28
Running
8
6
Brian Redman
23
Accident
9
5
Al Unser
20
Ignition
10
12
David Pearson
20
Ignition
11
11
Bobby Allison
8
Blown engine
12
2
James Hunt
5
Gearbox

 

Time of Race: 53 minutes, 9.807 seconds
Average Speed: 85.998 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.879 seconds
Lap Leaders: Bobby Unser, 1-30

 

Race Three

 
October 26, 1975
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
2
Bobby Allison
30
Running
2
4
Al Unser
30
Running
3
11
A. J. Foyt
30
Running
4
10
Mario Andretti
30
Running
5
12
Bobby Unser
30
Running
6
1
James Hunt
30
Running
7
5
Brian Redman
30
Running
8
3
David Pearson
30
Running
9
8
Benny Parsons
30
Running
10
6
Jody Scheckter
27
Flat tire
11
7
Richard Petty
23
Accident
12
9
Emerson Fittipaldi
18
Accident

 

Time of Race: 45 minutes, 54.124 seconds 
Average Speed: 99.603 MPH
Margin of Victory: .534 second
Lead Changes: 1

 

Race Four

 
February 13, 1976
Daytona International Raceway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
2
Benny Parsons
40
Running
2
7
A. J. Foyt
40
Running
3
6
Mario Andretti
40
Running
4
3
David Pearson
40
Running
5
8
Al Unser
40
Running
6
1
Emerson Fittipaldi
36
Engine
7
9
Bobby Allison
28
Oil leak
8
5
Bobby Unser
23
Engine
9
4
Brian Redman
1
Transmission

 

Time of Race: 35 minutes, .041 seconds
Average Speed: 168.146 MPH
Margin of Victory: One car
Lead Changes: 24