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1978 California 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 13 of 18
Sunday, September 3, 1978 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:26:40
Average Speed: 145.158 mph
Pole Speed: 199.933 mph
Cautions: 7 for 30 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 11

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
41322   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy19414,395running0600
222385   Larry Cannon Natural Lite Beer   (Larry Cannon)Wildcat / DGS224,110oil leak015
2 68   Pancho Carter Budweiser   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth19534,770running0800
10 86   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth1486,645engine0150
282421   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / American Racing   (Vel Miletich)Parnelli / Cosworth15,995gearbox010
21 519   Spike Gehlhausen Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy264,225engine block015
182299   Bob Harkey Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy604,580engine020
81818   Cliff Hucul Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Wildcat / DGS1517,195crash0250
3 920   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19424,545fuel pickup16700
311938   Jerry Karl Bentzel Construction   (Ralph Bentzel)McLaren / Offy03,040did not start05
172024   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy724,700oil pressure020
71440   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS1537,670crash0300
52790   Lee Kunzman Hank's Datsun   (Art Sugai)Sugai / Offy18010,695running0500
193087   Al Loquasto Machinists Union   (Frank Fiore)Rascar / Offy404,465piston020
242860   Roger McCluskey North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Offy124,070overheating015
203126   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy374,445piston020
9 47   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth1506,720engine0200
62928   Roger Mears Galles Chevrolet   (Wheel Center)Eagle / Offy1588,385running0400
161578   Mike Mosley Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy785,020crash025
12 325   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth1265,995fuel pump750
151016   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy954,940overheating025
11 24   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth12920,970engine96100
141617   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy1085,055overheating025
252130   Jerry Sneva Thunder Racing   (Marv Schmidt)McLaren / Offy103,750manifold010
23 11   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth185,390crash715
272514   George Snider Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt43,515clutch010
301747   Phil Threshie Machinists Union   (Phil Threshie)Lightning / Offy03,155crash05
1 72   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Chaparral / Cosworth20080,795running741000
131148   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth1235,775exhaust header025
262632   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)Lightning / Cosworth93,635clutch010
291277   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Cosworth03,275crash05

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
166   #47,77 accident turn 1 
71812  
19235   #1 accident turn 1 
246643  
67693   #90 tow-in 
708011  
81855   #78 accident turn 4 
86883  
89913   #8 spun turn 4 
9215160  
1521543   debris 
1551551  
1561627   #40,18 accident turn 4 
16320038  
  Percent of race run under caution: 16.0%             Average green flag run: 24.0 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Tom Sneva177
  Danny Ongais8147
  Johnny Rutherford15195
  Al Unser20223
  Johnny Rutherford234523
  Al Unser46472
  Johnny Rutherford488235
  Al Unser83864
  Johnny Rutherford8711933
  Al Unser12017758
  Gordon Johncock17819316
  Al Unser1942007