Pole position was originally a horse racing term, where the fastest qualifying horse would be placed on the inside part of the course, next to the pole.
In motorsports, pole position refers to the front spot in the starting lineup grid. It’s a prestige spot that offers the fastest and cleanest start to a race.
During Ontario Motor Speedway (OMS) time trials, the pole position for Indy cars was awarded to the fastest 4-lap-average achieved around the 2.5 mile oval.
Leading up to the 1972 California 500 at OMS, Jerry Grant made Indy car history by becoming the first driver to qualify for a race at more than 200 mph.
Today I’m running time trials for 6 open wheel cars on the Ontario Trio Oval track. The 2 quickest times will advance to my next event: the Ontario Trio Oval race. Here’s the 6 cars ready to go.
And here’s how the 6 cars faired.
So there you have it. The 1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Oval time trials.
It’s still fast. Still fun.