1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Oval Time Trials

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.

Ariel view of OMS.

Ariel view of OMS.

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.

Jerry Grant at OMS.

Jerry Grant at OMS.

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.

From l to r: white 2011 Indy car, teal F1 Racer, red, white & blue F Racer, purple 2011 Indy car, blue Thunderstreak and red F1 Racer.

From left to right: white 2011 Indy car, teal F1 Racer, red white & blue F Racer, purple 2011 Indy car, blue Thunderstreak and red F1 Racer.

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.

Time trials poster for Indy cars. Courtesy eBay.

Time trials poster for Indy cars. Courtesy eBay.

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One thought on “1971 Hot Wheels Ontario Trio – Oval Time Trials

  1. Great picture of OMS. In 1970 I was 11 years old and lived in Ontario, CA. I have pictures of myself standing at the top of the dirt mounds in turn one before the track was finished. It was a total money loser. Lasted only a couple of years and was torn down. Great memory. Thank you.

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