By the age of 22, Pancho
was an accomplished racer.He
won the 1972 USAC National Midget Championship that year starting a career that eventually saw him in Victory Lane 23 times.
In 1974 he
pulled down the title of USAC National Sprint Champion, a task he
would accomplish once again in his
storied career in 1976.Over the years he
would amass 42 feature wins in the USAC
Sprint division, a total that still sees him tied for fourth in the record books.
The 1974 season also marked Carter's first foray into racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he
won the Indianapolis 500 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.Carter
would go on to compete in the Indy 500 seventeen times, sitting on the pole once and finishing in the top ten six times. Carter
made history again in 1978 when he
won the USAC Silver Crown Series championship, marking the first time in USAC history that a driver won the "Triple Crown" as champion of all three top USAC divisions.
retirement from racing, Pancho Carter
has remained heavily involved in the racing community.He
has helped his
sons, Dane and Cole, embark on their racing careers guiding them from quarter-midgets through the top levels of USAC racing. He has also left his mark on the IndyCar world, serving as a spotter for Panther Racing.Carter
was instrumental in helping to develop young Sam Hornish, Jr. from a raw talent with just eight previous IndyCar starts under his belt to an IndyCar Series champion in one year's time.
In addition to spotting in the IndyCar Series, Carter
also had the distinction of grooming Mark Taylor into a championship-winning driver in just a single season in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.