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USAC Champ Car Series race number 18 of 18
Saturday, October 28, 1978 at Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ
150 laps on a 1.000 mile paved track (150.000 miles)

Time of race: 1:14:24
Average speed: 120.974 mph
Pole speed: 145.513 mph
Cautions: 2 for 13 laps
Margin of victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 6

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 34   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth15012682running67300
2 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / American Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Parnelli / Cosworth1508219running11240
3 920   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS1505138running0210
4 125   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth1507695running72180
5102   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Lola / Cosworth1504857running0150
6116   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth1483219running0120
7 57   Mario Andretti Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth1483401running090
81240   Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS1482682running075
9 48   Pancho Carter Budweiser   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth1472763running060
101478   Mike Mosley Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy1452645running045
11 748   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth1442985fuel pickup030
122026   Jim McElreath Circle City Coal   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy1442426running015
132211   Roger McCluskey National Auto Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)Eagle / AMC1432466running08
141722   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy1382707running08
152175   Todd Gibson Gibson Racing   (Todd Gibson)Eagle / Offy1372148running08
16 21   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth1332812running08
17 819   Spike Gehlhausen Tibon   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy842088stalled06
181543   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS612265engine06
191824   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy272041turbocharger06
201318   George Snider Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Wildcat / Offy142017overheating06
211998   Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer   (Grant King)King / Offy32005valve05
221617   Dick Simon La Machine   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy21993piston05

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Johnny Parsons161st National Travelers Checks
Rick Mears28Galles Chevrolet
Jerry Sneva30Mary Schmidt
Frank Weiss50Mahoney / BFM
Salt Walther77Dayton-Walther
Larry Cannon85Natural Lite Beer
Tom Gloy88Machinists Union

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
11717  
18214   #24 spun turn 4 
226342  
64729   #43 spun turn 2 
7315078  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.7%             Average green flag run: 45.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Danny Ongais16363
  Johnny Rutherford64652
  Danny Ongais66749
  Johnny Rutherford7512854
  A.J. Foyt12913911
  Johnny Rutherford14015011

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Tom Sneva 4153    
2   Al Unser 4031   -122  
3   Gordon Johncock 3548   -605  
4   Johnny Rutherford 3067   -1086  
5   A.J. Foyt 3024   -1129  
6   Wally Dallenbach 2966   -1187  
7   Steve Krisiloff 2874   -1279  
8   Danny Ongais 2662   -1491  
9   Rick Mears 2171   -1982  
10   Pancho Carter 1206   -2947  
11   Tom Bagley 1188   -2965  
12   Bobby Unser 1122   -3031  
13   Larry Dickson 1121   -3032  
14   Johnny Parsons 978   -3175  
15   George Snider 766   -3387  
16   Tom Bigelow 764   -3389  
17   Mario Andretti 681   -3472  
18   Dick Simon 670   -3483  
19   Jim McElreath 573   -3580  
20   Salt Walther 562   -3591