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USAC Champ Cars


1966


November 20, 1966 - Phoenix, Arizona - Peter Revson made his USAC Championship Car debut at the one mile track in Phoenix. Peter started the #26 Bardahl Lotus in the 21st starting spot. He dodged a lap 2 crash on the front straight involving Bud Tinglestad and Ralph Liguori who started in the rows ahead of him. Unfortunately his Offenhauser developed mechanical problems after only 64 laps. Revson was credited with 16th position and was awarded $429.00 in prize money. Mario Andretti won the race.


1967


April 9, 1967 - Phoenix, Arizona - Peter returned to Phoenix for the '67 season opener. Peter was entered to drive the Dayton Disc Brake Special Lola #33 powered by a supercharged Offenhauser for George Walther. Peter managed to bring the car home in 13th place some 17 laps behind race winner Lloyd Ruby. Peter was awarded $414.00 for his efforts.


1968


December 1, 1968 - Riverside, California - Peter Revson's first road course race in a Champ Car came in the 1968 Rex Mays 300 at Riverside International Raceway. Peter was at the wheel of the #96 Eisert Chevy and still managed to finish tenth although he was out of the race at lap 81 of 116 total. Attrition was very high as only nine cars were running at the finish. Luckly Revson was the last car to exit when his gearbox failed him. Peter picked up his first 90 USAC National points and $1,550.00. Dan Gurney was the race winner.


1969


May 1969 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Peter Revson entered the Indy 500 as a rookie in 1969.
Peter Who was about to make his name known in the world of Indy car racing along with another rookie competitor named Mark Donohue. The two of them competed against each other back in 1961 at Virginia International Raceway in local SCCA events.

Thursday, May 8 - Revson took to the Speedway for the first time in the #92 Brabham-Repco for team owner Sir Jack brabham, who was entered in the #95 team car.

Tuesday, May 13 - Peter passed the final stage of his rookie test.

Saturday, May 24 - The first weekend of qualifications were postponed for one week for the first time in speedway history. On the rescheduled pole day Revson was the 27th car to leave the pits in effort to qualify. Peter's #92 Brabham-Repco slowed on the backstretch and he pulled directly into the pits. The cars first attempt was over.

Sunday, May 25 - With one strike against his car from the previous day, Revson was the 7th car to make an attempt. Peter was only averaging 162.5 mph and his attempt waved off by the crew. This was the second strike against Peter's car. At 5:59 pm. Peter rolled the #92 Brabham onto the track just before the track closed. It was do or die time for Revson and the Brabham, as he was on his 3rd and final attempt and the qualification trials would be over in minutes anyway. Peter ran an avereage speed for four laps at 160.851 mph thus bumping Rick Muther from the field. Revson was in! He was starting in 33rd and last, but he was in.


1970


Peter in the McLaren at OMS circa 1970
Peter in the 1970 California 500 at OMS


1971


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Peter Revson 1971 Indianapolis 500



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