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1979 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 3 of 7
Monday, May 28, 1979 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:08:48
Average Speed: 158.889 mph
Pole Speed: 193.736 mph
Cautions: 6 for 34 laps
Margin of Victory: 45.69 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1979 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1979 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 19   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200252,420running25 
15 21   Tom Sneva Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth18828,769crash0 
22 32   Al Unser Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth10438,195transmission85 
5 412   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth19959,353running89 
6 53   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth19732,074running0 
2 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Parnelli / Cosworth20099,058running1800
27 76   Wally Dallenbach Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth4318,470lost wheel0 
18 84   Johnny Rutherford Budweiser   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth16829,121running0 
32 915   Johnny Parsons Goodyear   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy1617,695piston05
281024   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy4017,025piston010
301189   Lee Kunzman Vetter / Windjammer   (Conqueste Racing Team)Parnelli / Cosworth1816,820scavenger pump0 
31236   Mike Mosley Theodore Racing   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth20059,828running0 
71346   Howdy Holmes Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS19535,964running0300
341445   Janet Guthrie Texaco Star   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth316,899piston05
91511   Tom Bagley Dairy Queen / Kent Oil   (Bobby Hillin)Penske / Cosworth19324,710running0 
121677   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)Penske / Cosworth19122,757running0 
201710   Pancho Carter Alex XLNT Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy12920,125wheel bearing0 
291829   Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing   (Emil Hucul)McLaren / Offy2220,346valve05
351923   Jim McElreath AMAX Coal   (Jim McElreath)Penske / Cosworth017,453valve05
262017   Dick Simon Sanyo   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy5717,960clutch010
312173   Jerry Sneva National Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)Spirit / AMC1617,117piston05
212234   Vern Schuppan Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Lightning / Offy11119,068transmission0 
192331   Larry Rice S&M ElectricLightning / Offy14219,496crash0 
242480   Larry Dickson Polak Construction   (Russ Polak)Penske / Cosworth8617,797fuel pump belt015
132572   Roger McCluskey National Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)McLaren / Cosworth19124,480running025
162669   Joe Saldana KBHL-FM   (Hoffman Racing)Eagle / Offy18522,721running0 
42725   Danny Ongais Interscope / Panasonic   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth19937,987running0 
11287   Steve Krisiloff Frosty Acres   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth19223,645running0 
172997   Phil Threshie Giuffre Bros.   (Grant King)King / Chevy17222,969running020
143044   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth19023,953running025
103119   Spike Gehlhausen Sta-On Car Glaze   (Carl Gehlhausen)Wildcat / Cosworth19224,209running0 
253292   John Mahler Sport Magazine   (Intercomp)Eagle / Offy6617,572fuel pump0 
233350   Eldon Rasmussen Bivouac Vans   (BFM Enterprises)Antares / Offy8918,047header015
83422   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Hubler Chevrolet / WNDE   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy19427,921running0250
333559   George Snider KBHL   (Hoffman Racing)Lightning / Offy717,691valve05

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Steve Krisiloff7Frosty Acres
Tom Frantz16Freight Train
Spike Gehlhausen19Sta-On / WIRE
John Martin20Scientific Drilling
Billy Vukovich, Jr.22Hubler
Tony Bettenhausen Jr.23Jim McElreath
Jim McElreath23Jim McElreath
Dana Carter30Molly-Mate
Jerry Karl38Tonco Trailer
Al Loquasto39American Rustproof
Tom Bigelow43Armstrong Molding
Hurley Haywood51Hopkins
Eldon Rasmussen58Bivouac / WFMS
Bill Alsup68, 19Penske, Hubler / Sta-On
Joe Saldana69WBHL
Todd Gibson75Gibson Racing
Dick Ferguson81Aero Electronics
Billy Engelhart83Beaudoin Racing
Larry McCoy93O'Hanlon Racing
Larry Cannon95That's My Racer
Gary Bettenhausen98Oberdorfer

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12727  
28314   #29 tow-in 
324211  
43486   #24 tow-in 
499244  
93997   #80 tow-in 
1001023  
1031075   #97 tow-in 
10815548  
1561627   #31 accident turn 2 
16319129  
1921965   #30 accident turn 4 
1972004  
  Percent of race run under caution: 17.0%             Average green flag run: 23.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Al Unser12424
  Rick Mears25273
  A.J. Foyt28281
  Al Unser296941
  Bobby Unser70734
  Rick Mears74763
  Al Unser779620
  Bobby Unser9718185
  Rick Mears18220019

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   A.J. Foyt 1600    
2   Billy Vukovich, Jr. 690   -910  
3   Cliff Hucul 445   -1155  
4   Sheldon Kinser 350   -1250  
5   Johnny Parsons 335   -1265  
6   Gary Bettenhausen 328   -1272  
7   George Snider 305   -1295  
8   Larry Dickson 305   -1295  
9   Howdy Holmes 300   -1300  
10   Tom Bigelow 205   -1395  
11   Todd Gibson 130   -1470  
12   Dick Simon 130   -1470  
13   Jim McElreath 95   -1505  
14   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 80   -1520  
15   Eldon Rasmussen 65   -1535  
16   Dana Carter 60   -1540  
17   Jerry Karl 60   -1540  
18   Dick Ferguson 48   -1552  
19   Roger McCluskey 45   -1555  
20   Jerry Sneva 21   -1579