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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1977

IROC - International Race of Champions

For the second year in a row, A. J. Foyt won the IROC championship without scoring a race victory. There were 25 lead changes in Race 1, with Foyt dominating early, until an accident with Bobby Unser slowed him. Buddy Baker, making his IROC debut, took the victory. In Race 2, Bobby Unser led all the way to win. James Hunt, who had been on the pole for Race 1 but then crashed, quit the series to concentrate on his Formula One commitments. Cale Yarborough led from start-to-finish in Race 3 as all the action was behind him. Jody Scheckter, Johnny Rutherford and Baker spent much of the race negotiating the Riverside esses in the dirt instead of on the asphalt. Foyt tried to challenge for the lead but Gordon Johncock "closed the door" on him, and Foyt went off-course. Meanwhile, Bobby Unser charged from the last row to finish fourth. Almost everyone led in Race 4. David Pearson, in the finals because Scheckter passed to fulfill a Formula One commitment, led briefly after starting last. Rutherford, Yarborough, Baker, Foyt and Bobby Unser also led at one time or another. However, Yarborough took the lead on the last lap and got the win, with Foyt second. (from IROC Website)

Final Points

IROC 4 Champion
A.J. Foyt

 
Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Money Earned
1
A. J. Foyt/Houston, TX/USAC
$50,000
2
Cale Yarborough/Timmonsville, SC/NASCAR
25,000
3
Bobby Unser/Albuquerque, NM/USAC
23,000
4
Johnny Rutherford/Ft. Worth, TX/USAC
20,000
5
Buddy Baker/Charlotte, NC/NASCAR
18,000
6
Richard Petty/Randleman, NC/NASCAR
15,000
7
Al Holbert/Warrington, PA/IMSA
13,000
8
Al Unser/Albuquerque, NM/USAC
10,500
*9
David Pearson/Spartanburg, SC/NASCAR
10,500
10
Jody Scheckter/South Africa/FIA
5,000
11
Gordon Johncock/Phoenix, AZ/USAC
5,000
12
James Hunt/England/FIA
5,000
*Replaced Scheckter in final race.

 

Race One

 
September 18, 1976
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
3
Buddy Baker
50
Running
2
9
Johnny Rutherford
50
Running
3
4
A. J. Foyt
50
Running
4
8
Jody Scheckter
50
Running
5
6
Al Unser
50
Running
6
10
Richard Petty
50
Running
7
5
Gordon Johncock
49
Running
8
7
Al Holbert
49
Running
9
1
Cale Yarborough
49
Running
10
12
David Pearson
48
Running
11
2
Bobby Unser
38
Accident
12
1
James Hunt
8
Accident

 

Time of Race: 41 minutes, 16.09 seconds
Average Speed: 145.391 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.2 seconds
Lead Changes: 25

 

Race Two

 
October 16, 1976
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
2
David Pearson
30
Running
3
7
Richard Petty
30
Running
4
8
Al Holbert
30
Running
5
4
Johnny Rutherford
30
Running
6
11
Buddy Baker
30
Running
7
6
Al Unser
29
Running
8
36
A. J. Foyt
29
Running
9
10
Cale Yarborough
29
Running
10
5
Gordon Johncock
28
Running
11
9
Jody Scheckter
21
Accident
12
DNS
James Hunt
0
Didn't start

 

Time of Race: 56 minutes, 30.73 seconds
Average Speed: 97.754 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.6 seconds
Lap Leaders: Bobby Unser, 1-30

 

Race Three

 
October 17, 1976
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
9
Cale Yarborough
30
Running
2
1
A. J. Foyt
30
Running
3
10
Jody Scheckter
30
Running
4
11
Bobby Unser
30
Running
5
5
Al Unser
30
Running
6
3
Al Holbert
30
Running
7
7
Johnny Rutherford
30
Running
8
8
Buddy Baker
30
Running
9
6
Richard Petty
29
Running
10
2
Gordon Johncock
29
Running
11
4
David Pearson
29
Running
12
DNS
James Hunt
0
Didn't start

 

Time of Race: 46 minutes, 52.050 seconds
Average Speed: 97.552 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.530 seconds
Lap Leaders: Yarborough, 1-30

 

Race Four

 
February 18, 1977
Daytona International Raceway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked tri-oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Cale Yarborough
40
Running
2
1
A. J. Foyt
40
Running
3
2
Bobby Unser
40
Running
4
7
Richard Petty
40
Running
5
4
Johnny Rutherford
40
Running
6
9
David Pearson
36
Running
7
8
Al Holbert
28
Running
8
3
Buddy Baker
39
Running
9
6
Al Unser
32
Accident

 

Time of Race: 36 minutes, 12 seconds
Average Speed: 165.746 MPH
Margin of Victory: One car
Lead Changes: 25