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1970 USAC Championship Car season

 

1970 USAC Championship Car season

The 1970 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 18 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 28 and concluding at the same location on November 21. There was also one non-championship event at Pikes Peak, Colorado. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Al Unser. After this season, dirt courses did not reappear in the USAC Championship until 1981-82.

Schedule and results

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 28 Phoenix 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved Oval Mario Andretti Al Unser
2 April 4 Golden Gate 150 151.38 mi (243.62 km) Sears Point Raceway Sonoma, California Road Course Mark Donohue Dan Gurney
3 April 26 Trenton 200 201 mi (323 km) Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved Oval Al Unser Lloyd Ruby
4 May 30 International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi (800 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved Oval Al Unser Al Unser
5 June 7 Rex Mays Classic 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Paved Oval Mario Andretti Joe Leonard
6 June 14 Langhorne 150 150 mi (240 km) Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Paved Oval Bobby Unser Bobby Unser
7 June 28 Rocky Mountain 150 151.62 mi (244.01 km) Continental Divide Raceways Mead, Colorado Road Course Al Unser Mario Andretti
8 July 4 Michigan Twin 200s 200 mi (320 km) Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan Paved Oval Gary Bettenhausen Gary Bettenhausen
NC July 4 Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb 12.42 mi (19.99 km) Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill Climb Ted Foltz
9 July 26 Indy 150 150 mi (240 km) Indianapolis Raceway Park Clermont, Indiana Paved Oval Mario Andretti Al Unser
10 August 22 Tony Bettenhausen 100 100 mi (160 km) Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt Oval Larry Dickson Al Unser
11 August 23 Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Paved Oval Al Unser Al Unser
12 September 6 California 500 500 mi (800 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California Paved Oval Lloyd Ruby Jim McElreath
13 September 7 Ted Horn Memorial 100 100 mi (160 km) DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt Oval Al Unser Al Unser
14 September 12 Hoosier Hundred 100 mi (160 km) Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt Oval Johnny Parsons Al Unser
15 September 19 Sedalia 100 100 mi (160 km) State Fair Raceway Sedalia, Missouri Dirt Oval Al Unser Al Unser
16 October 3 Trenton 300 264 mi (425 km)A Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved Oval Al Unser Al Unser
17 October 4 Golden State 100 100 mi (160 km) California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt Oval Mario Andretti Al Unser
18 November 21 Bobby Ball 150 150 mi (240 km) Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved Oval Al Unser Swede Savage

^A Scheduled for 300 miles, stopped early due to rain.

Leading National Championship standings

 #  Driver Team Points
1 United States Al Unser Johnny Lightning 500 5130
2 United States Bobby Unser 2260
3 United States Jim McElreath 2060
4 United States Mike Mosley G. C. Murphy 1900
5 United States Mario Andretti STP Oil Treatment 1890

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