McClusky's 1970 Plymouth Superbird or replica
|Born||August 24, 1930|
|Died||August 29, 1993(aged 63)|
|USAC Championship Car|
|Years active||1956, 1960–1979|
|Best finish||1st in 1973|
|1973–74||International Race of Champions|
|1973||USAC Championship Car|
|Champ Car career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|First race||1979 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)|
|NASCAR Cup Series career|
|4 races run over 4 years|
|First race||1969 Motor Trend 500 (Riverside)|
|Last race||1977 Los Angeles Times 500 (Ontario)|
He won championship titles in three divisions of the United States Auto Club: Sprints, Stocks, and Champ Cars. He won the USAC Sprint Car title in 1963 and 1966, the USAC Stock Car title in 1969 and 1970. The Champ Car title in 1973. His first USAC Stock Car start resulted in a runner-up finish in Phoenix, Arizona in January 1968, when he drove as a substitute driver for Norm Nelson.
McCluskey earned four USAC Midget Car wins, 23 USAC Sprint Car wins, 23 USAC Stock Car wins and five USAC Championship Car (national championship) wins (including his last start at Milwaukee in 1979, which is a rarety since most drivers don't win their last race in their career). He was the USAC national champion in 1973. He started every Indianapolis 500 race from 1961 to 1979 except 1964, with a best finish of 3rd in 1973.
He represented the USAC series in the 1974 International Race of Champions.
McCluskey raced for the Holman and Moody team in a Ford GT40 Mk.IIB at the 1967 LeMans 24hrs of Endurance, France. During this event, McCluskey is credited with pulling Mario Andretti to safety-and thus saving his life-after Andretti had seriously crashed his Ford GT40 Mk.IV when a front brake locked.
He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993.
He was also inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2002.
Complete USAC Championship Car results
Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series results
Complete PPG Indy Car World Series results
Indy 500 results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Grand National Series
|NASCAR Grand National Series results|
|1969||Norm Nelson Racing||12||Plymouth||MGR||MGY||RSD
Winston Cup Series
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
|1972||Marcis Auto Racing||2||Dodge||RSD||DAY||RCH||ONT||CAR||ATL||BRI||DAR||NWS||MAR||TAL||CLT||DOV||MCH||RSD||TWS||DAY||BRI||TRN||ATL||TAL||MCH||NSV||DAR||RCH||DOV||MAR||NWS||CLT
International Race of Champions
(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)
|International Race of Champions results|
- Roger McCluskey at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
- Roger McCluskey Indy 500 Race Stats
- "Roger McCluskey – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
- "Roger McCluskey – 1970 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
- "Roger McCluskey – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
- "Roger McCluskey – 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
- "Roger McCluskey – 1974 IROC Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
- Patrick Finley; "McCluskey memorial race at local dirt track gaining momentum each year"; December 30, 2006; Arizona Daily Star; Retrieved January 15, 2007
- NASCAR and IROC statistics