My Formula 5000
Johnnie O. Gunn Jr.
Photo 1973  Profile 1976
Residents, Miami, Fla.
Born July 25, 1939
John Gunn has been competing in Formula 5000 Championship series
competition since 1968, the first year 5-liter engine machines were
introduced. In 1975, a most disappointing year for Gunn, he entered
series driving a Lola T332 and finished 19th in the standings. His best of
five finishes were eighth place at Mid-Ohio and Road Atlanta. Gunn
started all seven events in 1974, his five finishes in a Lola T330 placing
him sixth in the championship standings—his best season to date. He
entered five races in 1973, driving a March 73A, but was not a high
finisher, and in ‘72 he competed in seven races to place 12th in the final
point standings. Out of five races in 1971, a fourth-place finish was his
best while he never dropped below 10th place in 10 races in 1970 to
place seventh in the year-end standings. Gunn has competed in the Can-
Am series, in 1974 driving a Lola T260 to fifth position in the Challenge
Cup standings; third place at Road America his best finish of the season.
The year he began racing, 1965, Gunn won the Southeast Division F
production title in an Alfa Romeo Spyder. Two years later he won the
Division’s G sports racing championship in a Lotus 23 and placed second
in the American Road Race of Champions. In 1968, Gunn co-drove to first
in the Sports category, eighth overall at the Daytona 24-Hours; finished
second in the under-2-liter class at the Sebring Trans-Am race and tied
for first place in the Southeast Division’s Formula A (5000) class.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1973
Michigan
39
Mairco/March
735A/chevy
 
1974
Mid-Ohio
39
March 73A
 
1970
?
39
Surtees TS5A
 
1969
VIR
39
LolaT142
 
1973
Mid-Ohio
39
March 73A
 
1975
Long Beach
39
Lola T332
 
 
 
 
 
 
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