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1981 Norton Michigan 500


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CART race number 5 of 11
Saturday, July 25, 1981 at Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI
250 laps on a 2.000 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:45:45
Average Speed: 132.89 mph
Pole Speed: 201.359 mph
Cautions: 12 for 72 laps
Margin of Victory: 2 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 15

Glossary    1981 CART results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 45   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Penske / Cosworth25092,855running91105
22016   Tony Bettenhausen Jr Provimi VealMcLaren / Cosworth25049,305running580
3 36   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth24830,955running270
4 77   Bill Alsup AB DickPenske / Cosworth24720,380running260
52156   Tom Bigelow Genesee Beer   (Gohr Distributing Co.)Penske / Chevrolet24716,530running050
61812   Gary Bettenhausen Rhoades RacingWildcat / Cosworth24713,180running040
73137   Scott Brayton Forsythe IndustriesPenske / Cosworth23812,180running030
83747   Phil Caliva Polaroid Time ZeroMcLaren / Chevrolet2357,000running025
92431   Larry Dickson Machinists UnionPenske / Cosworth22911,180running020
101735   Bob Lazier Montgomery WardPenske / Cosworth22512,680engine015
11108   Al Unser Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Longhorn / Cosworth19613,930engine4610
121699   Larry Cannon Kraco Car StereoPenske / Cosworth19010,080crash05
133266   Roger Rager Seymour EnterprisesWildcat / Chevrolet18510,980running05
142238   Jerry Karl Tonco TrailersKarl / Chevrolet1789,280clutch05
152642   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Steve Vukovich RacingWatson / Offy1758,880engine05
16 93   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth1628,480engine05
17 540   Steve Krisiloff STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth1538,380overheating05
181248   Mike Mosley Pepsi ChallengerEagle / Chevrolet14411,730engine345
191955   Josele Garza Garza Racing   (Josele Garza)Penske / Cosworth1418,080engine05
203464   Steve Chassey Jet EngineeringEagle / Chevrolet1313,300engine05
213645   Harry MacDonald Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth1203,200engine0 
22 21   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth11210,630crash38 
23 12   Tom Sneva Blue PolyMarch / Cosworth10715,080transmission325
242533   Vern Schuppan Red Roof InnsMcLaren / Cosworth957,580engine0 
253357   Cliff Hucul Metro RacingMcLaren / Offy897,480engine0 
26 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Cosworth807,380crash0 
271472   Michael Chandler National Engineering Co.Penske / Cosworth797,280halfshaft0 
281132   Kevin Cogan O'Connell Racing   (Jerry O'Connell)Phoenix / Cosworth707,180engine0 
292949   Chip Mead Space RacingEagle / Chevrolet707,080engine0 
302796   Dick Ferguson Kraco Car StereoWildcat / Offy646,980engine0 
313022   Dick Simon Vermont AmericanWatson / Cosworth636,880oil pressure0 
322821   Salt Walther Bignotti-Cotter   (Bignotti-Cotter)Phoenix / Cosworth536,780engine0 
332328   Herm Johnson Menard Cashway LumberLightning / Chevrolet267,180pit fire0 
343515   Bill Tempero O'Hanlon RacingMcLaren / Chevrolet234,700engine0 
351529   Billy Engelhart Beaudoin RacingMcLaren / Cosworth186,680valve0 
361320   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth46,680crash0 
37 894   Bill Whittington Whittington BrothersMarch / Cosworth48,180crash0 

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Tom Sneva144
  Johnny Rutherford595
  Tom Sneva103728
  Mike Mosley38381
  Johnny Rutherford39402
  Mike Mosley415414
  Rick Mears55562
  Mike Mosley577519
  Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.76805
  Johnny Rutherford8111131
  Al Unser11214231
  Pancho Carter14317836
  Al Unser1791813
  Bill Alsup1821832
  Al Unser18419512
  Pancho Carter19625055

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Pancho Carter 132    
2   Rick Mears 123   -9  
3   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 89   -43  
4   Bill Alsup 80   -52  
5   Johnny Rutherford 61   -71  
6   Tom Bigelow 54   -78  
7   Mario Andretti 46   -86  
8   Scott Brayton 40   -92  
9   Gary Bettenhausen 40   -92  
10   Al Unser 35   -97  
11   Gordon Johncock 34   -98  
12   Bobby Unser 31   -101  
13   Tom Sneva 31   -101  
14   Larry Dickson 27   -105  
15   Phil Caliva 27   -105  
16   Mike Mosley 26   -106  
17   Bob Lazier 22   -110  
18   Kevin Cogan 17   -115  
19   Jerry Karl 10   -122  
20   Larry Cannon 10   -122