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1976 IMSA GT Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Dickinson/Holbert Monza (US,0,1)
Champion Driver: Al Holbert (US,1,1)
Putative Driver: Al Holbert (US)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model DeKon Monza, 5.75-liter, eight-cylinder vee, cast iron/aluminum engine, OHV, fuel injection, four-speed, Lockheed disc brakes, fibreglass-steel panel/monocoque-spaceframe chassis, double wishbone/live axle independent suspension, 605 horsepower (Lee Dykstra, Horst Kwech).

IMSA in 1976 breaks new ground and permits turbocharged entries, specifically the Porsche 934, to run in the series beginning at Mid-Ohio in August. Dickinson/Holbert Racing endures a close fight with Busby Porsche in 1976 and wins eight events on the season and nets its maiden putative constructors' title with rising American racing star Al Holbert and Michael Keyser steer the DeKon Monza to the first American make to earn the honor in the IMSA GT era. Holbert prevails for his maiden drivers' crown by a comfortable margin over defending champion Peter Gregg.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Holbert/Dickins. Pors./Monza149     Holbert A106
BMW82     Gregg84
Brumos Porsche79     Busby80
Dyer Porsche38     Keyser M68
Racing Consultants Porsche13     Dyer G38
Currin Corvette11     Haywood15

Noteworthy 1976 Races

1976 X Daytona 24 Hour Daytona Beach, Florida1976 1976 X Daytona 24 Hour At Daytona for the tenth running of the 24 Hour in February, the race comes to a BMW North America 3.0 CSL under Peter Gregg (US) and Brian Redman (GB) that covers 2092.8 miles (average 104.04 mph), fourteen laps ahead of a Porsche entry. Race officials halt the contest in the nineteenth hour on Sunday morning after fuel contaminated with water triggers engine problems among entries out on the circuit. Union Oil offers no explanation other than sabotage for the diluted fuel. Despite the fact that the second place Brumos Porsche under Hurley Haywood stands only a lap back from the race leading BMW entry at the red flag point, IMSA inexplicably resets the race order back to 9AM, where the BMW held a sixteen lap lead over the field. A BHR Porsche 911S under Bob Hindson (US), Dick Davenport (US), and Frank Carney (US) wins the GTU competition by fifteen laps ahead of a Porsche entry. Gregg wins at the Beach for a record third time while Redman snares his second cross in the event and first since the 1970 season. Photo Credit: autosportsltd.com.
1976 XXIV Sebring 12 Hour Sebring, Florida1976 1976 XXIV Sebring 12 Hour At Sebring for the 12 Hour in March, a Dickinson/Holbert Porsche Carrera RSR under Al Holbert (US) and Michael Keyser (US) takes race honors and covers 1195.9 miles (average 99.66 mph), two laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The Dickinson RSR entry moves out front around 2PM before a collision with John O’Steen in his Porsche sends driver Keyser into the pit for service. The Dickinson RSR rallies after its repairs and again moves back out front after passing the race leading Hagestad Porsche in the eighth hour. A Havatampa Porsche under Dave White (US) and Dave McClain (US) wins the GTU competition by three laps ahead of a Porsche entry. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1976 International Motorsports Spectacular Ontario, California1976 1976 International Motorsports Spectacular At Ontario for the 100 Miler in May, a Brumos Porsche Carrera RSR under Jim Busby (US) takes the flag in 1:01:12.4 (average 96.66 mph), under three seconds ahead of a BMW driven by Peter Gregg. Busby tracks down race leader Gregg in the closing laps and sideswipes his car owner with an aggressive inside pass for the front at Turn 1 that spins Gregg into a momentary stall. Busby survives the Gregg protest and hails his slender victory, yet his late race pass strains relations with his Brumos car owner. A Maas Porsche 914/6 under Walter Maas (US) wins the GTU competition, finishing ahead on the same lap with a Porsche driven by Jim Cook. Photo Credit:
1976 Lime Rock Lakeville, Connecticut1976 1976 Lime Rock At Lime Rock for the 100 Miler in May, a Dyer Porsche Carrera RSR under George Dyer (US) notches a victory in 1:03:09.1 (average 95.94 mph), under a second (.001) ahead of a Chevrolet Monza driven by Michael Keyser. Dyer moves out front after passing race leader Keyser on the final circuit for his maiden victory in the closest finish in IMSA history. Keyser complains afterwards that his crew failed to inform him of Dyer’s late charge to the front. A Transcendental Datsun 240Z under Brad Frisselle (US) wins the GTU competition, finishing on the same lap as a Porsche driven by Walt Maas. Photo Credit:
1976 Twin 200s Lexington, Ohio1976 1976 Twin 200s At Mid-Ohio for the 100 Miler in June, a Dickinson/Holbert Chevrolet Monza under Michael Keyser (US) bests the field in 1:07:13 (average 89.98 mph), under a second (.10) ahead of a Monza driven by Al Holbert. Keyser and Holbert dice for the lead across the distance, including sharing a testy tangle on Lap 29, and Keyser prevails after out-dragging Holbert on the final sprint to the finish for victory. Keyser admits afterwards that the in-race shoving likely offered him an edge at the finish, yet the driver nonetheless celebrates his thrilling cross. A Transcendental Datsun 240Z under Brad Frisselle (US) wins the GTU competition by a lap ahead of a Porsche driven by Walt Maas. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1976 Monterey Grand Prix Monterey, California1976 1976 Monterey Grand Prix At Laguna Seca for the 100 Miler in October, a Brumos Carrera RSR under Jim Busby (US) crosses first in 1:04:18.2 (average 92.18 mph), under three seconds ahead of a BMW driven by Peter Gregg. Busby moves out front after passing race leader Gregg halfway through the final circuit. A Garretson Porsche 914/6 under Walt Maas (US) wins the GTU competition by two laps ahead of a Porsche entry. Photo Credit: