USAC Auto Racing (1979)

Average Rating: 5.73/10
Board Game Rank: 8246
Thematic Rank: 663
Strategy Game Rank: 1286
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1979
# of Players
2 − 33
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4, 11 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4, 11 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
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8 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Mechanic
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USAC Auto Racing
Alternate Names
United States Auto Club Auto Racing
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Billed as the Official Game of the United States Auto Club this is one of Avalon Hill's early Sports Illustrated branded games. The game was created by jim Barnes who sold the game at a booth that he set up at Indy and other race track promenades in the 1970s. Mr. Barnes struck a deal with Avalon Hill and the game was changed a little by the development team at AH and published with the SI logo on the box. On an oval track you can run up to 33 cars. Each car has its own driver card derived from the performance of the actual drivers of the featured Indy race. Ongais, Foyt, Unser, Sneva, Mears, Rutherford etc, every driver that was in the that year's Indy has a card with a color foto on one side and game racing charts on the other side. One Card set for an even year Indy race, 1978 thru 1986, was included in the box and the newest card set was also available thru the AH mail order program.

Each driver card has 6 tables on the back. Three of the tables for movement, you chose whether you are going to drive normally, charge or back off and then roll 2 dice, referencing the appropriate table. The result will tell you how far you can move or if you have encountered car trouble. There are 2 trouble tables that can slow you down or knock you out of the race. There is also a pit stop table which controls how many turns you must sit in the pits before re-entering the race.

The game is driven on Stats and can be played solitaire.

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More Information Edit | History

from "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

USAC Auto Racing (1979)
Avalon Hill revised existing published design
Designed by Jim Barnes
Development by Tom Shaw & N/A

This statistical car racing game of the Indy 500 had been around for a long time, but never with quality full color photographs of the actual drivers.


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USAC Auto Racing
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Avalon Hill edition 1979
Publisher: Avalon Hill, Sports Illustrated
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Year: 1979
Product Code: 9520
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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Publisher: Midwest Research
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Year: 1971
Size: 14.00 x 14.00 x 2.00 inches
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3 USAC regolamento in Italiano
Traduzione quasi fedele in Italiano delle regole di questo gioco del 1979 della sezione Sport Illustrated Games della Avalon Hill
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2013-10-08
6 Qualifying Tool
An excel tool I created to help speed up qualifying. It has options for 1 or 3 laps and only requires the cards.
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2012-10-21
11 2009 Indy 500 Driver Card Set
I have also included a few variant rules.
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2012-06-04
9 1966 Drivers Set
The 1966 Indy 500 driver set
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2012-03-09
13 1948 Indy 500 Driver Cards for USAC Auto Racing
Driver cards for the 1948 Indy 500
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2011-05-17
7 2008 Driver Performance Card Fronts
2008 Driver Performance Card Fronts that can be used for any card set by changing the year. This design has the numbers at the corners, the USAC & Indy Logos and the year in the middle. This is a Powerpoint file so it is easy to change the year.
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2010-11-21
10 2008_Driver_Performance_Card_Backs_GreyTux&BigFatTony
Using the data and graphics from Greytux I added a few graphics and re-arranged everything. The numbers are very visable on front and back. I think the cards are very useable and attractive. The car graphics have the number used in the race. The cards have the number of the starting position, 1 -33 which corresponds with the numbers on the plastic cars. Its a Powerpoint File so you can easily change the numbers if you prefer. Use my card fronts to increase ease of use and visual appeal.
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2010-11-21
13 USAC_Auto_Racing_Original_Cars_Used_as_Molds
Edit #2 Instructions for how I used the original component cars as molds to make more detailed and durable cars from epoxy. I have included information learned from experience using epoxy and molds. The instructions for the epoxy and plaster are on their respective packages and not reprinted here
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2010-10-08
7 Indy2007CarSet.zip
2007 Indy Car set - A few drivers from previous seasons - 33 car set
2007-08-23
9 All Time Indy Winners v1.pdf
Set of driver cards I made for all 64 winners of the Indy 500
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Board Game Rank: 8246
Thematic Rank: 663
Strategy Game Rank: 1286
Num Ratings: 158
Average Rating: 5.73
Standard Deviation: 1.62
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