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1978 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 5 of 18
Sunday, May 28, 1978 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:05:55
Average speed: 161.363 mph
Pole speed: 202.156 mph
Cautions: 6 for 23 laps
Margin of victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 10

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 52   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Chaparral Racing)Lola / Cosworth200284840running1211000
2 11   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200108598running3800
3 620   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19960141running0700
41340   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS19838728running5600
5 76   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth19534769out of fuel0500
61948   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth19529000running0400
72014   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19130530running0300
82384   George Snider Gilmore / Citicorp   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt19125891running0250
91551   Janet Guthrie Texaco Star   (Janet Guthrie)Wildcat / DGS19023253running0 
10 816   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy18625301running0150
113035   Larry Rice Bryant Heating / WIBC   (Patrick Santello)Lightning / Offy18624481engine0100
12337   Mario Andretti Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth18523088running050
13 44   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth18031671running025
142888   Jerry Karl Machinists Union   (Frank Fiore)McLaren / Offy17620227running025
152469   Joe Saldana Mr. Wize-Buys Carpet   (Gus Hoffman)Eagle / Offy17320015running025
163198   Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer   (Agajanian-King)Dragon / Offy14719480piston025
172578   Mike Mosley Alex XLNT Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy14619821gear020
18 225   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth14532639piston7120
191017   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy13817934wheel bearing020
202626   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy13218657engine020
211843   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS10717656connecting rod015
22 980   Larry Dickson Polak Construction / Sta-On Car Glaze   (Russ Polak)Penske / Cosworth10422132oil pressure015
23 371   Rick Mears CAM2 Motor Oil   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth10321885engine015
24218   Pancho Carter Budweiser   (Bob Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth9219965exhaust header015
251111   Roger McCluskey National Auto Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)Eagle / AMC8218423clutch010
261739   John Mahler Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy5815857timing gear010
271422   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy2515818overheating010
282277   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / Cosworth2416106transmission010
291619   Spike Gehlhausen Hubler Chevrolet / WIRE   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy2315521crash05
302947   Phil Threshie Circle Chevy / Tutwiler   (Phil Threshie)Lightning / Offy2215264oil pressure05
313230   Jerry Sneva Smock Materials   (Fred Ruth)McLaren / Offy1817683rear end05
321224   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy1515379overheating05
332729   Cliff Hucul Wendy's Hamburgers   (Cliff Hucul)McLaren / Offy415101oil line05

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
34Graham McRae34Daytona-WaltherGeorge WaltherMcLaren / Offy
35Bob Harkey42Donald MergardEagle / Offy
36Al Loquasto86Frostie Root BeerAl Loquasto, Sr.McLaren / Offy
37Larry Cannon85Dayton-WaltherLarry CannonWildcat / DGS
Bubby Jones18Simon Shopping CentersBobby HillinWildcat / DGS
Billy Vukovich, Jr.18Longhorn RacingBobby HillinWildcat / DGS
Lloyd Ruby21Gene WhiteParnelli / Offy
Bill Puterbaugh27Rolla VollstedtVollstedt / Offy
John Martin28Wheel CenterRichard BeithEagle / Offy
Jim Hurtubise56Jim HurtubiseMallard / Offy
Eldon Rasmussen58Rent-A-RacerEldon RasmussenRascar / Foyt
Ed Finley62OlmsteadEd FinleyEagle / Volker
Larry Rice65Bryant / WIBCPatrick SantelloEagle / Offy
Bobby Olivero78Alex XLNT FoodsAlex MoralesLightning / Offy
Lee Kunzman90Art SugaiFox / Offy
Gary Irvin92Tassi VatisEagle / Offy
Roger Rager95Dairy QueenAgajanian-KingDragon / Offy
DCMike Hiss7Gould ChargeRoger PenskePenske Cosworth

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
111  
243   #24 tow-in 
584  
9113   #24 tow-in 
122514  
26316   #19 accident 
324716  
48514   debris 
528332  
84852   debris 
8611328  
1141185   #71,43 tow-in 
11920082  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.5%             Average green flag run: 25.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Danny Ongais11111
  Tom Sneva12121
  Danny Ongais132513
  Steve Krisiloff26305
  Tom Sneva31311
  Danny Ongais327544
  Al Unser7610732
  Danny Ongais1081103
  Al Unser11117969
  Tom Sneva1801801
  Al Unser18120020

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 1725    
2   Gordon Johncock 1688   -37  
3   Al Unser 1325   -400  
4   Steve Krisiloff 1150   -575  
5   A.J. Foyt 1078   -647  
6   Danny Ongais 1075   -650  
7   Wally Dallenbach 868   -857  
8   Bobby Unser 434   -1291  
9   Bobby Olivero 360   -1365  
9   Dick Simon 360   -1365  
11   Jim McElreath 300   -1425  
12   Mario Andretti 270   -1455  
13   Tom Bigelow 263   -1462  
14   George Snider 250   -1475  
15   Sheldon Kinser 245   -1480  
16   Larry Dickson 231   -1494  
17   Johnny Parsons 206   -1519  
18   Salt Walther 188   -1537  
19   Larry Rice 180   -1545  
20   Tom Bagley 173   -1552  
21   Rick Mears 165   -1560