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1978 Texas Grand Prix


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 11 of 18
Sunday, August 6, 1978 at Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX
100 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (200.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:15:27
Average Speed: 159.06 mph
Pole Speed: 210.773 mph
Cautions: 3 for 16 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 214   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt10015,074running50400
2 44   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth1008,796running3320
31940   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS986,218running0280
4 56   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth984,337running0240
5 11   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth965,404running19200
6 917   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy923,372running0160
71420   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS743,705engine10120
8 648   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth703,639transmission0100
9 37   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth632,873suspension1880
102069   Joe Saldana Team 69   (Richard Hoffman)Eagle / Offy612,707running060
11 78   Pancho Carter Budweiser   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth482,823crash040
121126   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy462,640electrical020
131378   Mike Mosley Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy442,657engine010
141719   Spike Gehlhausen Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy262,374engine010
151585   Larry Cannon Cannon Racing   (Larry Cannon)Wildcat / DGS192,291transmission010
161622   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy182,741turbocharger010
17 82   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Chaparral / Cosworth113,808suspension08
181016   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy92,174engine08
192124   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy62,141cooling system08
201235   Vern Schuppan S&M Electric   (Patrick Santello)Lightning / Offy52,108fuel line08
211829   Cliff Hucul Longhorn Racing   (Hucul-Hunter-Arndt)McLaren / Offy02,091turbocharger06

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Danny Ongais25Interscope
George Snider71Gould Charge

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12828  
29335   #19 tow-in 
345017  
51577   #8 accident turn 2 
58658  
66694   #7 tow-in 
7010031  
  Percent of race run under caution: 16.0%             Average green flag run: 21.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  A.J. Foyt11111
  Tom Sneva123019
  Gordon Johncock31311
  Rick Mears324918
  Gordon Johncock50545
  Johnny Rutherford55573
  A.J. Foyt586912
  Gordon Johncock70734
  A.J. Foyt7410027

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 3268    
2   Al Unser 2444   -824  
3   Wally Dallenbach 2298   -970  
4   Johnny Rutherford 2211   -1057  
5   Steve Krisiloff 2055   -1213  
6   Gordon Johncock 1936   -1332  
7   A.J. Foyt 1934   -1334  
8   Danny Ongais 1668   -1600  
9   Rick Mears 1171   -2097  
10   Larry Dickson 1121   -2147  
11   Bobby Unser 978   -2290  
12   George Snider 660   -2608  
13   Johnny Parsons 615   -2653  
14   Dick Simon 547   -2721  
15   Tom Bigelow 518   -2750  
16   Jim McElreath 458   -2810  
17   Tom Bagley 431   -2837  
18   Salt Walther 371   -2897  
19   Bobby Olivero 360   -2908  
20   Mike Mosley 338   -2930