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1979 California 500


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CART race number 11 of 14
Sunday, September 2, 1979 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:24:22
Average Speed: 146.794 mph
Pole Speed: 203.046 mph
Cautions: 12 for 51 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 18

Glossary    1979 CART results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 312   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200 running971000
2 19   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200 running34800
3 499   Mario Andretti Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200 running0700
4134   Johnny Rutherford Budweiser   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth199 running2600
5 22   Al Unser Pennzoil   (Chaparral Cars)Chaparral / Cosworth197 running62500
6 825   Danny Ongais Interscope / Panasonic   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth196 running0400
73034   Vern Schuppan Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Wildcat / DGS192 running0300
91421   Lee Kunzman Vetter / Windjammer   (Conqueste Racing Team)Parnelli / Cosworth188 running0200
102572   Jerry Sneva Hodgdon RacingMcLaren / Cosworth170 engine0150
113118   Tom Frantz Kent OilWildcat / Offy152 running0100
143595   Larry Cannon Cannon Racing   (Larry Cannon)Wildcat / Offy128 piston025
151220   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth119 fuel pump025
161523   Dick Ferguson Aero ElectronicsPenske / Cosworth118 valve025
17 51   Tom Sneva Sugaripe Prunes   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth108 oil pump520
193228   Bill Scott Wheel CenterEagle / Offy74 engine020
202077   Salt Walther Walmotor   (Walmotors)Penske / Cosworth69 transmission020
212769   Al Loquasto Biane WineryEagle / Offy69 piston015
222241   Bill Alsup WASP Racing   (Bill Alsup)McLaren / Offy59 cylinder015
23 771   Steve Krisiloff Dairy Queen / Kent OilPenske / Cosworth47 valve015
241640   Wally Dallenbach Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth46 engine015
251055   Spike Gehlhausen Frosty AcresLightning / Cosworth46 halfshaft010
261835   Tim Richmond S & M ElectricLightning / Offy39 transmission010
272819   Phil Caliva Sta-On Car GlazeEagle / Offy23 oil leak010
281910   Pancho Carter Alex XLNT Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy21 camshaft010
303359   Joe Saldana Hoffman RacingLightning / Offy14 oil pump05
32 911   Tom Bagley Dairy Queen / Kent Oil   (Bobby Hillin)Penske / Cosworth7 crash05
341136   Mike Mosley Theodore Racing   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth2 engine05
82994   Don Whittington BudweiserMcLaren / Cosworth190 running0 
122498   Bill Whittington Road AtlantaParnelli / Cosworth139 intake manifold0 
131760   Roger Mears Patrick Racing   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth135 engine0 
182330   John Martin Paramount PrintingMcLaren / Offy107 engine0 
292615   Bob Harkey Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy17 crash0 
312186   Dennis Firestone AMS OilLola / Cosworth10 oil leak0 
33 632   Johnny Parsons Sugaripe Prunes   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth4 valve0 
353479   Cliff Hucul Hoffman RacingEagle / Offy2 transmission0 

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Al Unser12525
  Tom Sneva26305
  Al Unser314717
  Bobby Unser48514
  Al Unser527120
  Bobby Unser7210635
  Rick Mears1071159
  Bobby Unser11612510
  Rick Mears12613813
  Johnny Rutherford1391391
  Bobby Unser14015011
  Rick Mears1511555
  Bobby Unser1561616
  Rick Mears1621643
  Johnny Rutherford1651651
  Bobby Unser16618318
  Rick Mears1841874
  Bobby Unser18820013

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rick Mears 3340    
2   Bobby Unser 3070   -270  
3   Johnny Rutherford 1833   -1507  
4   Gordon Johncock 1783   -1557  
5   Al Unser 1590   -1750  
6   Danny Ongais 1459   -1881  
7   Mike Mosley 1068   -2272  
8   Tom Bagley 998   -2342  
9   Tom Sneva 895   -2445  
10   Wally Dallenbach 834   -2506  
11   Mario Andretti 700   -2640  
12   Lee Kunzman 485   -2855  
13   Vern Schuppan 441   -2899  
14   Salt Walther 299   -3041  
15   Pancho Carter 279   -3061  
16   Bill Alsup 265   -3075  
17   Joe Saldana 242   -3098  
18   Spike Gehlhausen 230   -3110  
19   Tom Frantz 228   -3112  
20   Steve Krisiloff 189   -3151