Gautsche's debut came in 1971, when he competed at Riverside. Starting 26th in the field of forty, Gautsche completed most of the race before lug bolt issues left him 19th. Unfortunately, he wouldn't improve any during the year, finishing 49th at Ontario and 25th in the June Riverside event. DNFs in both of those races hurt him as well.
Gautsche's final two races came in 1972, when he returned to both Riverside and Ontario. He found no better results than what he had the year previous, finishing 35th in both efforts. However, in his career finale at Ontario, Gautsche was running at the finish. That was the only time in his career he did not DNF.