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1977 IMSA GT Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Dickinson/Holbert Monza (US,0,2)
Champion Driver: Al Holbert (US,2,2)
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 1977 promptly bans the Porsche 935 at season onset, yet later reverses course and allows the construction to compete starting at Mid-Ohio in August. A close and thrilling GTO fight over the season features defender Dickinson/Holbert with its DeKon Monza and the Field Interscope team with its Porsche 934. The two constructors stand even atop the tables through Daytona in July before Dickinson/Holbert pulls away to collect its second consecutive putative constructors' title. Interscope driver Hurley Haywood snares the victory in the season finale at Daytona in October, yet falls short to Al Holbert in the DeKon Monza, who captures his second consecutive drivers' crown. Patrick Tambay wins the resuscitated SCCA Can-Am championship with the Haas Lola T333CS. New Racing Makes: American Schkee.

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/Dickinson Monza85     Holbert A89
Interscope Porsche82     Haywood69
Dyer Porsche56     Dyer G56
McLaren BMW51     Hobbs54
Brumos Porsche30     Frisselle35
Frank Monza/Porsche16     Ongais34

Noteworthy 1977 Races

1977 XXV Sebring 12 Hours Sebring, Florida1977 1977 XXV Sebring 12 Hours At Sebring for the twenty-fifth running of the 12 Hour in March, the race comes to a Dyer Porsche Carrera RSR under George Dyer (US) and Brad Frisselle (US) that covers 1216.8 miles (average 101.32 mph), five laps ahead of a Porsche entry. The Dyer Porsche moves out front after the race leading Brumos Porsche drops a wheel in the eighth hour. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.