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THE LOLA T92

The 1967 T92 was also known as the T90 Mkll, it had detail changes and a different cockpit surround and engine cover but was substantially the same car as the previous year's T90. Lola used the T92 type number but when the car was presented for the 1967 Indianapolis 500 the USAC officials they felt the car was not sufficiently different from the T90 to warrant the T92 designation so as a compromise the new car was called the T90 MkII. Full details of the T90 can be found HERE.
The Mecom Team had a strong driver lineup with Al Unser and Jackie Stewart although Jackie’s qualifying went awry when he initially failed to make the grid. Using a spare car he was later able to ensure his place at the start although a mystery remains as to which car was actually used in the race. The 1967 race was in fact run over two days as rain caused Saturday’s race to be halted after just 18 laps. The next day Parnelli Jones driving the STP turbine car resumed his place at the front and continued to lead until just three laps from the end the transmission failed and the race was lost. AJ Foyt took the win and by dint of sheer determination Al Unser, who had quietly picked off place by place brought the Mecom Lola home second. Stewart did not finish following an engine failure on lap 168 leaving him in 18th position in the final standings.
Mecom Racing Team had in fact undertaken a season of USAC events competing in all the paved circuit races. (At that time the full USAC season included a number of races run on dirt ovals and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb for which the Lola was unsuitable). Al Unser’s ‘Retzloff Chemicals Special’ finished all but one event and usually in the top half of the results sheet. Six top three finishes earned Unser fifth place in the Championship but that first win remained elusive.

At the final race of the year, the inaugural running of the Rex Mays 300 at Riverside, John Surtees took part in the only USAC race of his career driving the Bowes Seal Fast #24 car. Surtees qualified 4th but retired on lap 31 with magneto failure.

T92 1967 USAC National Championship Trail Results

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
9th AprilJimmy Bryan Memorial, Phoenix International RacewayAmerican Red BallAl UnserRetired
23rd AprilTrenton 150, Trenton International SpeedwayRetzloff ChemicalAl UnserRetired
30th MayInternational 500 Mile Sweepstakes, Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayRetzloff Chemical
Bowes Seal Fast
Al Unser
Jackie Stewart
2nd
Retired
4th JuneRex Mays Classic, The Milwaukee MileRetzloff ChemicalAl UnserRetired
18th JuneLanghorne 100, Langhorne SpeedwayRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser 2nd
1st JulyMosport Heat 1, Mosport ParkRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser6th
1st JulyMosport Heat 2, Mosport ParkRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser5th
23th JulyIndianapolis 150, Indianapolis Raceway ParkRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser2nd
30th JulyLanghorne 150, Langhorne SpeedwayRetzloff ChemicalAl UnserRetired
6th AugustLabatt Indy Heat 1, Le Circuit Mont-TremblantRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser5th
6th AugustLabatt Indy Heat 2, Le Circuit Mont-TremblantRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser5th
20th AugustTony Bettenhausen 200, The Milwaukee MileRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser2nd
24th SeptemberTrenton 200, Trenton International SpeedwayRetzloff ChemicalAl UnserRetired
22nd OctoberHanford 200, Hanford Motor SpeedwayRetzloff ChemicalAl UnserRetired
19th NovemberBobby Ball Memorial, Phoenix International RacewayRetzloff ChemicalAl Unser2nd
26th NovemberRex Mays 300, Riverside International RacewayRetzloff Chemical
Bowes Seal Fast
Al Unser
John Surtees
Retired
Retired

1967 USAC CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS


5th Al Unser 2505 points

Results courtesy of www.champcarstats.com

T92 1968 USAC National Championship Trail Results

DATERACE/VENUEENTRANTDRIVERRESULT
30th MayInternational 500 Mile Sweepstakes, Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJack Adams Aircraft Larry DicksonDNS
9th JuneRex Mays Classic, The Milwaukee MileJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sLarry Dickson6th
15st JuneTelegraph Trophy 200 Heat 1, Mosport ParkJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sArt Pollard14th
15st JuneTelegraph Trophy 200 Heat 2, Mosport ParkJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sLarry Dickson11th
23rd JuneLanghorne 150, Langhorne SpeedwayJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sLarry Dickson5th
7th JulyRocky Mountain 150, Continental Divide RacewayJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath14th
21st JulyIndy 200 Heat 1, Indianapolis Raceway ParkJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath10th
21st JulyIndy 200 Heat 2, Indianapolis Raceway ParkJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath11th
28th JulyLanghorne Twin 100 #1, Langhorne SpeedwayJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath7th
28th JulyLanghorne Twin 100 #2, Langhorne SpeedwayJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreathRetired
4th AugustSt. Jovite Heat 1, Le Circuit Mont-TremblantJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath7th
4th AugustSt. Jovite Heat 2, Le Circuit Mont-TremblantJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath10th
3rd NovemberHanford 250, Hanford Motor SpeedwayJack Adams Aircraft-Wynn'sJim McElreath5th

1968 USAC CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS


18th Larry Dickson 890 points (Also drove a Brawner, Gerhardt, Vollstedt and Blum and Meskowski Sprint Cars)
22nd Jim McElreath 741 points (Also drove a Coyote and a Brawner)
23rd Art Pollard (Also drove a Lotus 4WD, Gerhardt and Vollstedt Indy and Sprint Cars)

Results courtesy of www.champcarstats.com

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