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.
In 1962-63 McCluskey raced in Bruce Homeyer team sponsored by Konstant Hot, manufacturer of water heating and dispensing units. Homeyer owned some racing cars in various divisions – midgets, sprints, dirt champ cars and roadsters – all purchased and paid from Konstant Hot, Homeyer’s family enterprise. Bruce had a reputation of a connoisseur of on-the-edge living, and his style of life made him dead in 1965 when he being very drunk crashed his small private Cessna airplane. In 1962 Homeyer teamed up with McCluskey as a driver and Jud Phillips as a car builder and chief mechanic. In 1963 McCluskey won his first USAC Sprint Car championship driving Bruce Homeyer’s Konstant Hot Spl. He won 7 of the 22 races he competed in, was second five times, third on four occasions, and 4th three times. The car was built in 1962 by Jud Phillips and was powered by Chevrolet 283 cubic inches stock block engine.
|1963||USAC Sprint Car Championship|
|Roger McCluskey||2||Bruce Homeyer|
|Phillips||Chevrolet||Konstant Hot Spl.|
|1:43||GMP||Limited Edition 1:43 Konstant Hot Spl. 3 Car Set|