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THE LOLA T270-T272
Lola's new Indy challenger for 1972 was the T270 and it followed what had now become an annual Lola tradition in that it wasn't completed and shipped to the US until the end of April meaning that its first race would be the Indy 500, leaving little time for testing and no race experience. The recent previous models, the T150/T152/T153 designs had been successful, racking up twelve wins and nineteen other podium finishes including a second and third at the Indy 500 but, despite this, manufacturers like McLaren, Eagle, Coyote and Parnelli held the numerical sway.
By 1972 aerodynamics were becoming more and more important in Indy chassis design and the T270 adopted a full-width nosecone with prominent longitudinal strakes on the top surfaces. Aft of the front wheels the bodywork flared outwards to the maximum permitted width to reduce drag from the rear wheels. The monocoque terminated behind the driver and the engine and gearbox were fitted to a subframe attached to the back of the tub, a different subframe could be fitted depending on whether a Ford or Offenhauser was employed. Fuel bag tanks totalling 62.5 gallons (75 US gallons, 284 litres) were fitted and a rear wing was mounted above the gearbox and angled rearwards, again featuring strakes. Suspension was outboard front and rear and followed normal Lola practice, wheel sizes were 15” X 10” (38cm X 25.4cm) at the front and 15” X 14” (38cm X 35.6cm) at the rear. Wheelbase was 103.5” (263cm) and the track 61.5” (156cm) front and rear.
Results for the T270/T272 were reasonable with highlights being fourth for Sam Sessions at the Indianapolis 500 and second for Wally Dallenbach at the Michigan 200. The 1972 season only comprised ten rounds whereas 1973 had sixteen and reliability was generally poor as engine builders strived for more power and it was not uncommon for half the field to retire so perhaps there weren’t too many chances to shine.
Three cars were built for 1972, two as a T270s and one as a T272. The T272 appears to have been a T270 with modified suspension and was introduced at the California 500 and driven by Art Pollard who finished 7th. It's likely that this is the car Pollard also drove at Trenton and Phoenix at the end of 1972 and at Texas at the start of 1973 and was tested by McRae at the 1973 Indianapolis 500.
Year(s) of Construction: 1972
Total Built: 3 (2 X T270 1 X T272)
T270 1972 USAC National Championship Trail Results
International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Gene White Firestone STP Oil Treatment STP Oil Treatment
Sam Sessions Wally Dallenbach Art Pollard
4th 15th DNS
Rex Mays Classic, The Milwaukee Mile
STP Oil Treatment
Michigan 200, Michigan International Speedway
STP Oil Treatment
Pocono 500, Pocono International Raceway
STP Oil Treatment Wynn's
Wally Dallenbach Lloyd Ruby
California 500, Ontario Motor Speedway
STP Oil Filter Special Wynn's Special
Art Pollard Lloyd Ruby
Trenton 300, Trenton International Speedway
STP Oil Treatment STP Oil Treatment Wynn's
Wally Dallenbach Art Pollard Lloyd Ruby
7th 9th DNF
Best Western 150, Phoenix International Raceway
Wynn's STP Oil Filter STP Oil Treatment
Lloyd Ruby Art Pollard Wally Dallenbach
7th 11th DNF
1972 USAC CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS
9th Sam Sessions 1440 points (Also drove a Coyote)
13th Wally Dallenbach 720 points (Also drove an Eagle)
18th Lloyd Ruby 500 points (Also drove an Atlanta)
20th Art Pollard 460 points (Also drove a Scorpion)