United States GP 1976
MARCH 28, 1976
United States GP, 1976
A week after the South African GP there was the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch with victory going to James Hunt with the Durex-sponsored Surtees of Alan Jones second. The cars were then sent off to California for a new race on the streets of Long Beach. The only changes to the entry were Jones joining Surtees alongside Brett Lunger, March running a fourth car for Arturo Merzario (in Ovoro colors) and Ingo Hoffmann reappearing in the second Fittipaldi. The factory Marches of Hans Stuck and Ronnie Peterson appeared with backing from Teddy Yip and Ensign had new sponsorship from Norris Industries. Parnelli also added sponsorship from American Racing Wheels while the Shadow cars were back in black after running with Lucky Strike sponsorship in South Africa.
Qualifying resulted in a number of crashes into the concrete walls and a few mechanical failures because of the bumpy nature of the circuit. Clay Regazzoni emerged on pole in his Ferrari with Patrick Depailler (Tyrrell) second, James Hunt (McLaren) third and Niki Lauda (Ferrari) fourth. The top 10 was completed by Tom Pryce (Shadow), Ronnie Peterson (March), Jean-Pierre Jarier (Shadow), Vittorio Brambilla (March), John Watson (Penske) and Carlos Reutemann in the Brabham-Alfa. With only 20 cars allowed to start there were seven disappointed drivers, including both Williams entries (Michel Leclere and Jacky Ickx), Merzario, Hoffmann, Harald Ertl (Hesketh), Lunger and Bob Evans (Lotus).
Regazzoni took the lead at the start ahead of Depailler and Hunt. Further back Reutemann collided with Brambilla at the first corner while later in the lap Gunnar Nilsson's Lotus suffered a suspension failure and crashed.
On the third lap Hunt and Depailler collided at the hairpin, leaving an unhappy Hunt waving his fist at the Frenchman as he walked back to the paddock. As a result Lauda moved to second place and Depailler then had a spin and dropped behind Scheckter, Pryce, Peterson and Jarier. Depailler recovered well and climbed back up to third, aided by the retirements of Pryce and Scheckter, both with mechanical problems. Peterson dropped back with a brake problem but it was Laffite who was strongest at the end of the race, grabbing fourth place from Jarier and Mass.
Emerson Fittipaldi finished sixth to score his first point in a Fittipaldi chassis.
|1||2||Clay Regazzoni||Ferrari 312T||80||1h53m18.471s||1|
|2||1||Niki Lauda||Ferrari 312T||80||1h54m00.885s||4|
|3||4||Patrick Depailler||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||80||1h54m08.443s||2|
|4||26||Jacques Laffite||Ligier-Matra JS5||80||1h54m31.299s||12|
|5||12||Jochen Mass||McLaren-Cosworth M23||80||1h54m40.763s||14|
|6||30||Emerson Fittipaldi||Copersucar-Cosworth FD04||79||16|
|7||17||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Shadow-Cosworth DN5B||79||7|
|8||22||Chris Amon||Ensign-Cosworth N174||78||17|
|9||8||Carlos Pace||Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45||77||13|
|10||10||Ronnie Peterson||March-Cosworth 761||77||6|
|nc||19||Alan Jones||Surtees-Cosworth TS19||70||19|
|nc||28||John Watson||Penske-Cosworth PC3||69||9|
|r||3||Jody Scheckter||Tyrrell-Cosworth 007||34||Suspension||11|
|r||16||Tom Pryce||Shadow-Cosworth DN5B||32||Drive Shaft||5|
|r||27||Mario Andretti||Parnelli-Cosworth VPJ4B||15||Water Leak||15|
|r||11||James Hunt||McLaren-Cosworth M23||3||Accident||3|
|r||34||Hans-Joachim Stuck||March-Cosworth 761||2||Accident||18|
|r||6||Gunnar Nilsson||Lotus-Cosworth 77||0||Suspension/ Accident||20|
|r||7||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Alfa Romeo BT45||0||Accident||10|
|r||9||Vittorio Brambilla||March-Cosworth 761||0||Accident||8|
|nq||21||Michel Leclere||Wolf Williams-Cosworth FW05||21|
|nq||31||Ingo Hoffman||Copersucar-Cosworth FD04||22|
|nq||35||Arturo Merzario||March-Cosworth 761||23|
|nq||5||Bob Evans||Lotus-Cosworth 77||24|
|nq||20||Jacky Ickx||Wolf Williams-Cosworth FW05||25|
|nq||24||Harald Ertl||Hesketh-Cosworth 308D||26|
|nq||18||Brett Lunger||Surtees-Cosworth TS19||27|