During his lengthy career Roger McCluskey won championships in three different divisions of the United States Auto Club – Sprints, Stocks, and Champ Cars, and started in 18 Indy-500 editions. Born in Tuscon, Arizona, McCluskey began his career at 19, in 1949, with modified stock car racing in his hometown. He raced in the West Coast Midgets and Sprints in the mid-1950s and joined the United States Auto Club in 1960. McCluskey won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship twice, in 1963 and 1966. Then he made an accent to USAC stock car racing, where he won the title in 1969 and 1970, and was 2nd in 1968 and 1972. He raced in champ cars in the major USAC division, the National Championship, in 1960 – 1979, and took the title in 1973. McCluskey earned five USAC Champ Car National Championship wins, including his last start at Milwaukee in 1979, 23 USAC Sprint Car wins, 23 USAC Stock Car wins and four USAC Midget Car wins.
Roger McCluskey started the 1963 USAC National Championship in Bruce Homeyer’s team driving Watson-Offy roadster on paved tracks and Philipp-Offy big car on dirt ovals. The dirt racer was built by mechanic Bob “Rocky” Philipp (not to be confused with Jud Phillips). Rocky replaces Jud as chief mechanic for Homeyer’s outfit, spicing up a Konstant Hot Watson for Roger McCluskey for Indy-500 and superspeedways, and preparing his own chassis for dirt track races. McCluskey used #14 Philipp-Offy in four races (at Trenton, Langhorne, Springfield and Du Quoin) with best finish on 4th place in Springfield. After Du Quoin race McCluskey moved to Gordon Van Liew’s team and changed Philipp-Offy dirt car to Meskowski-Offy. In the final point standings of the 1963 USAC National Championship McCluskey was 8th with 750 points.
|1963||USAC National Championship|
|Roger McCluskey||14||Bruce Homeyer|
|Philipp||Offenhauser||Konstant Hot Spl.|
|1:43||GMP||Limited Edition 1:43 Konstant Hot Spl. 3 Car Set|