IndyCar: A look back to 1967

On April 23, 1967, Mario Andretti won the Trenton 150 at Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey.

Andretti, driving Al Dean’s #1 Dean Van Lines Brawner-Ford, led all 150 laps of the USAC Championship Car Series race.

1967 Trenton 150 Front Row – Mario Andretti on pole, Lloyd Ruby 2nd

The 1967 Trenton 150 was the second race of the 1967 USAC Championship Car Season. Occurring on 23rd April at the Trenton Speedway, the race would ultimately be won by Mario Andretti in a Brawner-Ford, setting two track records in the process after leading from start to finish.


The 1967 Trenton 150 was the sixth running of the event, with the annual race lasting 150 miles. It was one of two 1967 USAC Championship Car Season races to occur at Trenton Speedway, the other being the Trenton 200, which occurred on 24th September and was won by A.J. Foyt in a Coyote-Ford. Trenton would continue hosting IndyCar races until 1979 before it was dropped from the schedule and demolished in 1980.

Prior to the race, qualifying commenced with Mario Andretti winning the pole position with a record speed of 116.403 mph. He was entering a new car after his previous one was badly damaged in a crash two weeks prior.

Directly behind him was Lloyd Ruby in a Mongoose-Offenhauser, with Gerhardt-Offenhauser driver Art Pollard lining up third out of 21 competitors.

Heading into the event, it was expected that rear-engine cars were to dominate the race, as they had in previous Trenton events.

It was also known that future three-time Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart was attempting to enter the race, but was unable to pull out of a Formula 2 commitment.

The Race

With the starting order decided, the 1967 Trenton 150 commenced on 23rd April.

Andretti held his lead from the start, and would ultimately not relinquish it for the entirety of the race.

His main challenge proved not to be the other drivers, but the wind, which caused multiple drivers to spin-off, particularly after Turn 2.

 After 15 laps, Ruby retired due to a broken turbo hose.

 Meanwhile, Lotus-Ford’s A.J. Foyt climbed the order after qualifying in seventh, and was about 10 seconds behind Andretti when a suspension failure forced him to retire after 86 laps.

With Foyt out, Andretti controlled proceedings, lapping everyone bar Eagle-Ford’s Roger McCluskey.

 He therefore claimed victory and $10,600 in prize money.

His average speed of 109.837 mph also set a Trenton record.

McCluskey held on to finish second, while fellow Eagle-Ford driver Bobby Unser took third.


According to IndyCar on TV, 30 minutes of highlights were televised by ABC on 29th April 1967 as part of its Wide World of Sports, along a anniversary retrospective and pocket billiards. The broadcast has yet to resurface however, and no footage of the race is currently publicly available.

Results – Trenton 150

Trenton International Speedway
1 Mile Paved Oval
150 Laps/150 Miles
April 23, 1967

Pos St Driver No. Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 1 Mario Andretti 1 Dean Van Lines Brawner Hawk Ford 150 1:21:56.35 109.837 300
2 13 Roger McCluskey 12 G. C. Murphy Eagle Ford 150 Finished 240
3 14 Bobby Unser 6 Rislone Eagle Ford 149 Flagged 210
4 4 Jim McElreath 2 Zink-Urschel-Slick Moore Ford 148 Flagged 180
5 10 Mel Kenyon 46 Thermo King Auto Air Conditioning Gerhardt Offy 147 Flagged 150
6 20 Gig Stephens 71 Atamian Ford Halibrand Offy 143 Flagged 120
7 21 Arnie Knepper 81 Central Excavating Dunlop D Offy 142 Flagged 90
8 3 Art Pollard 16 Thermo King Auto Air Conditioning Gerhardt Offy TC 142 Flagged 75
9 18 Ralph Liguori 35 Enterprise Machine Flynn D Offy 141 Flagged 60
10 19 Bob Tattersall 52 Vargo Excavating Meskowski D Offy 134 Magneto 45
11 12 Bob Harkey 57 Kenny Brenn Gerhardt Offy 132 Broken fuel pump 30
12 6 Al Unser 5 Retzloff Chemical Lola Ford 128 Engine vibration 15
13 16 Greg Weld 96 Harrison Eisert Chevy 124 Broken suspension
14 11 Joe Leonard 82 Sheraton-Thompson Lotus Ford 114 Broken rear end
15 7 A. J. Foyt 84 Sheraton-Thompson Lotus Ford 86 Broken RF suspension
16 15 Larry Dickson 22 Vita Fresh Orange Juice Meskowski D Offy 83 Broken torsion bar
17 9 Lucien Bianchi 27 Jim Robbins Vollstedt Ford 57 Overheated
18 5 Bud Tingelstad 10 Federal Engineering Gerhardt Offy 45 Engine quit
19 17 Ronnie Duman 87 California Speed & Sport Shop Halibrand Offy 37 Blown engine
20 8 Gordon Johncock 3 Johncock Racing Team Gerhardt Ford 20 Broken half shaft
21 2 Lloyd Ruby 25 American Red Ball Mongoose Offy TC 15 Broken turbo hose
Norm Brown 45 Weinberger Homes Gerhardt Offy Spun, wrecked practice
Wally Dallenbach 53 Valvoline Huffaker Offy Broken suspension, practice
Mike Mosley 91 Leader Card Racers Watson Ford Poor fuel feed, practice
Al Loquasto 52 Vargo Excavating Meskowski D Offy Driven by Tattersall
Peter Revson 33 Dayton Disc Brake Lola Offy Did not qualify
Johnny Rutherford 47 Weinberger Homes Eagle Ford Did not qualify
Bruce Jacobi 77 Dayton Steel Wheel Gerhardt Ford Did not qualify
Al Miller (Krulak) 85 Caves Buick Gerhardt Offy Did not qualify
Lothar Motschenbacher X X X Offy Did not qualify


Lap Leaders Total Laps
Mario Andretti 150 1-50


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