My Formula 5000
A native of Australia now residing in East Horsley, England.
Vern Schuppan placed eighth in the final 1975 Formula 5000
Championship standings after taking over Dan Gurney’s All American-
entered, Jorgensen Steel-sponsored, Eagle three races into the
series. Schuppan’s best finish of the season was a second at Long
Beach. His other finishes included a seventh at Watkins Glen; a fifth at
Mid-Ohio and ninth at Riverside. Schuppan also impressed his many
fans when he captured the 1975 Road America 252  Handicap driving
an ex-Gulf Team Mirage. To begin his 1976 racing effort, in which he
will contest the F/5000 series behind the wheel of a brand-new
Jorgensen Eagle, Schuppan captured the Australian Rothmans Trophy
driving the Teddy Yip/Sid Taylor Lola T332. He won the ‘76 title by
winning the opening round at Oran Park and scored two second-place
finishes at Adelaide International Raceway and Sandown Park. The
final race of the series, at Surfers Park, was cancelled due to heavy
rains and flooded conditions. In 1974, Schuppan drove the
Taylor/Entin Lola T332 in the Laguna Seca event and, while not a
finisher, recorded the fastest lap in the race. He won Europe’s F/5000
series finale at Brands Hatch and competed in several Formula 1
Grands Prix, though was never a high finisher. Schuppan began his
auto racing career in Europe late in 1969 after getting a taste of
competition in Australia–winning some 30 major awards in go-kart
contests. In 1970, he was invited to compete in the Brazilian Formula
Ford series which, along with experience gained in F/F racing in
Britain, brought him a ride in a works Palliser for Formula Atlantic in
1971 he won the championship title. BRM officials were impressed with
his ability and signed Vern as a “junior” driver on the Marlboro-BRM
team in 1972 for testing duties and an occasional non-championship
Formula 1 drive—placing fifth in his debut and fourth in one other
event. The next season he competed in long distance sports car
races. He was named the “Rookie of the Year” this year at
Indianapolis, driving the second Dan Gurney Eagle in his first ever
USAC race.
Date
Event
#
Car
Finish
1975
Mid-Ohio
48
Eagle 775
 
1976
Mid-Ohio
48
Lola T332
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vern Schuppan
photo & profile 1976
Residents, East Horsley, England
Birth date  March 19, 1943