My Formula 5000
SCCA amateur and professional, Grands Prix, USAC, NASCAR –
George Follmer has raced them all, and successfully. In 1975, Follmer
concentrated on U.S. Grand Touring competition but did enter the last
three Formula 5000 Championship series events beginning with the
Long Beach Grand Prix. He finished ninth in his heat race but his
Kendall GT-l Lance LSR-1 was put out of the feature by virtue of a first-
lap accident. Mechanical problems kept him from competing at a
Laguna Seca and continuing mechanical problems dropped  Follmer to
15th finishing position at the season-ending Riverside event. In 1974
and 1973, he was runner-up in the Canadian-American Challenge
Cup, in 1974 driving for UOP Shadow and in ‘73 a Rinzler/RC Cola
turbo Porsche 917/10. On the Formula 1 GP circuit, he drove a UOP
Shadow to sixth in South Africa and third in Spain to place 13th in the
standings. On NASCAR’s Grand National circuit in 1975, out of 13
starts in Bud Moore’s Ford, Follmer placed in the top 10 eight times,
three times in fifth or better. Follmer has set one record it may be hard
to equal or surpass–he’s the only driver in the history of the SCCA to
win two professional racing championship crowns in one season. He
did it in 1972 in the Trans-American Championship and Can-Am,
driving a Roy Woods Racing Javelin to four Trans-Am victories and the
Penske-prepared L&M turbo Porsche t 917 to five wins in the Can-Am
series. He also drove in several F/5000 Championship races that
season but was not as highly successful. In 1971, Follmer won two
Trans-Am races and was the major contributor to Ford’s runner-up
position in the manufacturer’s championship. However, the last race of
the seasonal Riverside, Follmer was signed to drive a Woods Javelin
and won the race, In 1970, Follmer and Bud Moore teammate Pamelli
Jones took the championship title for Ford, Follmer contributing points
on five occasions. In addition to SCCA’s pro sedan series, Follmer
occasionally competed in the Can-Am and SCCA’s pro Formula 5000
series, winning two races in the latter in 1970, He began racing in 1960
but financial reasons put a stop to his competition between 1962 and
1965. He came out of retirement with a bang in 1965 and won SCCA’s
United States Road Racing Championship in a Lotus 23-Porsche. In
other activity, Follmer won the USAC 150-mile race at Phoenix in 1969
and the 1971 NASCAR Sportsman race at Ontario, California.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1975
Long Beach
45
Lance LSR1
 
1975
Long Beach
45
Lance LSR1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
George Follmer
photo & profile 1976
Residents, Huntington Harbor, Calif
Born January 27, 1934