Veteran racing journalist and RACER journal founding editor John Zimmerman has documented the excellent historical past of System 5000’s temporary however spectacular historical past in a brand new 225-page hardback from Racemaker Press — Misplaced in Time: System 5000 in North America — now obtainable within the Racer Retailer. Additionally that includes near 200 pictures, the e-book covers all features of the F5000, together with the star drivers, automobiles, groups and full statistics.
A well-liked classic racing class right this moment, F5000 — the American model of System 1 with related automobiles powered by 5.0-liter (305 cubic inch) American stock-block engines from Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge — thrived in North America for simply eight years, from 1969 to 1976. The collection attracted high drivers together with Mario Andretti and Al Unser with automobiles that lapped Watkins Glen and Mosport as quick, and even sooner, than the F1 automobiles of the time.
Brian Redman, the reigning king of F5000, received three consecutive championships from 1974-1976 driving for Carl Haas and Jim Corridor’s Haas/Corridor staff. Redman battled efficiently with Andretti and Unser’s Vel’s Parnelli Jones automobiles because the system attracted full grids of 25 and extra automobiles. Others F5000 stars included David Hobbs, winner of the 1971 championship; Sam Posey, who dueled with Hobbs; Jody Scheckter, F5000 champion in 1973; and Mark Donohue who competed in F5000 on and off for Penske Racing.
The F5000 collection ran in any respect of North America’s nice highway circuits — Watkins Glen, Riverside, Laguna Seca, Elkhart Lake, Lime Rock, Mosport and St. Jovite.