1982 March 82C IndyCar
Ex-Johnny Parsons, Derek Daly, Hurly Haywood, John Paul Jr. Roller
As reported by the current owner, this is the Wysard Racing 1982 March 82C. The Wysard March was campaigned during the 1982 CART season by the team for several different drivers.
The new car began its season in March, 1982. The first to race it would be future multiple time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Daytona 24 Hour winner, Sebring winner, and Trans-Am & IMSA Champion, Hurley Haywood. The race was the first of two Phoenix races to be held in 1982. This first race was the Kraco Car Stereo 150. Haywood qualified 18th, and finished 10th.
For the month of May, the car would be piloted by Johnny Parsons Jr., son of 1950 Indy 500 winner Johnny Parsons Sr. Parsons Jr. qualified the Wysard March in 25th position for the Indy 500. They would go on to finish 20th after suffering a suspension problem during the race.
Parson’s and the 82C would fare much better a few weeks later in June, at the Rex Mays 150 in Milwaukee. There they came 6th. In July, it was the Michigan 500. Parsons would qualify 20th, and finish 16th out of 34 cars.
Wysard Racing and Parsons were ready for the Pocono 500 in August. There Parsons achieved an excellent 7th place finish, right behind Gordon Johncock, that year’s Indy 500 winner.
In late August, positions were reversed at the Aircal 500 kms at Riverside. Parsons finished one ahead of Johncock, but it didn’t matter. Both were out early with transmission problems.
September was the Road America 200 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This time the Wysard March 82C would be driven by IMSA Champion, and future CART, Daytona 24, and Sebring 12 Hour winner John Paul Jr. The March would only make 11 laps before the engine gave up.
The Wysard 82C completed its 1982 season back at Phoenix On November 6th. There the March was driven by Formula One driver and new CART rookie, Derek Daly, at the Miller High Life 150. Unfortunately, Daley went out of the race early with engine problems.
Daly did race the 82C one more time, in April, 1983, at the Kraco Dixie 200 in Atlanta. However, he and Bobby Rahal’s Marches tangled, taking them both out of the race.
Subsequent research is ongoing as to what other races the car competed in during the 1980’s, and who was driving. But for now, this is what has been reported.
The Cosworth DFX is a display only engine. It has no internals, no fuel deliver system, or electrics. The gearbox is reportedly complete, but at a minimum would need a full inspection before being operated.
Have you ever wanted to own and race a genuine IndyCar, one that raced at The 500? This March would be an excellent candidate for a stock block Chevy conversion, and would be a very low budget IndyCar to buy and maintain for vintage racing.
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