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1981 Detroit News Grand Prix


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CART race number 8 of 11
Sunday, September 20, 1981 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
75 laps* on a 2.000 mile paved track (150.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:10:30
Average Speed: 125.957 mph
Pole Speed: 200.111 mph
Cautions: 4 for 24 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 10

Glossary    1981 CART results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 16   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth7419,015running2221
2 340   Mario Andretti STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth7415,365running2417
3108   Al Unser Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Eagle / Cosworth7411,540running414
4 641   Bill Alsup AB DickPenske / Cosworth749,165running012
52220   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth748,515running010
61199   Dick Ferguson Kraco Car StereoPenske / Cosworth747,665running08
7 23   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth746,915running06
81331   Larry Dickson Machinists UnionPenske / Cosworth736,165running05
91756   Tom Bigelow Genesee BeerPenske / Chevrolet736,415running04
101516   Tony Bettenhausen Jr Provimi VealPhoenix / Cosworth735,265running03
111623   Jim McElreath McElreath Racing   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Chevrolet725,190running02
122364   Steve Chassey Jet EngineeringEagle / Chevrolet711,875running01
131435   Bob Lazier Montgomery WardMarch / Cosworth715,040running01
142042   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Steve Vukovich RacingWatson / Offy714,665running01
152615   Bill Tempero O'Hanlon-TemperoMcLaren / Chevrolet702,800running01
162477   Ross Davis Davis Racing   (Davis Racing)Wildcat / Offy671,125running01
17 7    Steve Krisiloff Ohio Racing AssociatesLonghorn / Cosworth624,290running01
18 55   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Penske / Cosworth594,290crash01
19212   Tom Sneva Texaco Star   (Bignotti-Cotter)March / Cosworth434,290crash211
20 41   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth344,290piston31
211866   Roger Rager McCray PlasteringWildcat / Chevrolet204,490rear end0 
222557   Cliff Hucul Nyloncraft FoundersMcLaren / Offy191,125oil leak0 
23 955   Josele Garza Garza Racing   (Josele Garza)Penske / Cosworth24,290oil leak0 
241237   Scott Brayton Forsythe-BraytonPenske / Cosworth24,290crash0 
251922   Dick Simon Vermont AmericanWatson / Offy04,290clutch0 
26 848   Mike Mosley Pepsi ChallengerEagle / Chevrolet05,090gear0 
* Race shortened to 74 laps due to scoring error.

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mario Andretti11515
  Tom Sneva16194
  Johnny Rutherford20223
  Tom Sneva23253
  Al Unser26294
  Tom Sneva304314
  Mario Andretti44441
  Rick Mears456521
  Mario Andretti66738
  Rick Mears74741

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rick Mears 239    
2   Pancho Carter 146   -93  
3   Bill Alsup 136   -103  
4   Gordon Johncock 108   -131  
5   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 94   -145  
6   Johnny Rutherford 88   -151  
7   Bobby Unser 77   -162  
8   Tom Sneva 74   -165  
9   Al Unser 72   -167  
10   Mario Andretti 63   -176  
11   Tom Bigelow 58   -181  
12   Bob Lazier 55   -184  
13   Scott Brayton 55   -184  
14   Gary Bettenhausen 42   -197  
15   Larry Dickson 37   -202  
16   Michael Chandler 36   -203  
17   Dick Simon 33   -206  
18   Phil Caliva 27   -212  
19   Mike Mosley 26   -213  
20   Kevin Cogan 23   -216