Pancho Carter

Full Name:
Duane C Carter jr
Born:
11th June 1950 (Age 68)
Racine, Wisconsin
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Duane Carter Jr was almost literally born into Indycar racing for he arrived as his parents travelled to Milwaukee for the 1950 Rex Mays 100. His father, Duane Sr, was a leading driver at the time and when he nicknamed his new son "Pancho" it stuck.

Indycar debut with Fletcher Racing

Pancho Carter was educated at Long Beach State but was already racing midgets while at college. He made his Indianapolis 500 debut in 1974 when seventh and Rookie of the Year for Fletcher Racing. That promise was confirmed at Michigan in the autumn when he finished second behind Al Unser Sr.

Steady rather than spectacular during the 1970s – he finished on the podium but was never on the top step. Two seasons with Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers yielded eighth in the points in 1977.

Accident and return from injury

Carter re-signed for Bob Fletcher at the end of the 1977 season. However, he crashed testing at Phoenix on December 2 and suffered multiple fractures and severe internal injuries. He fought back to fitness and returned at Indianapolis in 1978 with a pronounced limp due to his damaged hip. Second again in the California 500 (his best result for a fifth successive year), he became the first driver to win USAC’s midget, sprint car and dirt track titles in the open-wheel divisions.

Champ Car World Series

Victory in the big league remained elusive when Carter signed for Alex Morales in 1979. That was as part of the breakaway CART Champ Car World Series and he represented the drivers on the board of directors for five years.

Carter finally won in 1981 when his Alex Foods Penske PC7-Cosworth finished 2.0sec ahead of Tony Bettenhausen Jr in the inaugural Michigan 500 and he was a career-best third in that year’s championship. He enjoyed another strong run at Michigan in 1984 only to lose control of his Galles Racing March 84C-Cosworth while trying to take third-place on the last lap. The car disintegrated as it rolled down the backstretch but Carter was unhurt. Third in the 1982 Indianapolis 500, he qualified Rick Galles’ Buick stock-block powered March 85C on pole position for the 1985 race but retired after just six laps.

In addition to his open-wheel career, Carter made 14 NASCAR starts although he never finished in the top 10. His last full Champ Car season was with Leader Card Racing in 1989. Carter retired from mainstream racing after a 154th start in the 1992 Michigan 500 and his last professional race – Pocono’s June event.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1995 Winston Cup 63rd 58
1994 Winston Cup 60th 112
1992 Winston Cup 82nd 67
1992 PPG Indycar World Series
Hemelgarn Racing
Gilmore Racing Team
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
30th 2
1991 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Leader Card Racers
Arciero Racing
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 3
1990 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Machinists Union Racing
Leader Card Racers
9 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 9
1990 Winston Cup 90th 67
1989 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Leader Card Racers
15 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 18
1987 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Machinists Union Racing
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 9
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Galles Racing
4 0 2 0
0% win rate
19th 28
1986 Winston Cup 39th 701
1985 Winston Cup Grand National 87th 97
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Galles Racing
10 1 1 0
0% win rate
16th 37
1984 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Galles Racing
Patrick Racing
American Dream Racing Team
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 22
1983 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Alex Foods Racing
13 0 0 0
0% win rate
10th 53
1982 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Alex Foods Racing
11 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 47
1981 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Alex Foods Racing
11 0 1 1
10% win rate
3rd 166
1980 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Alex Foods Racing
12 0 1 0
0% win rate
5th 1855
1979 SCCA/CART Indycar Championship
Alex Foods Racing
12 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 452
1979 USAC National Championship
Alex Foods Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
20
1978 USAC Citicorp Cup National Championship
Fletcher Racing Team
10 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 1206
1977 USAC Citicorp Cup National Championship
All-American Racers
Sugaripe Prune Racing Team
Alex Foods Racing
12 0 4 0
0% win rate
8th 1420
1976 USAC Citicorp Cup National Championship
All-American Racers
7 0 1 0
0% win rate
12th 920
1975 USAC National Championship
Fletcher Racing Team
10 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 1345
1974 USAC National Championship
Fletcher Racing Team
8 0 1 0
0% win rate
12th 1040