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1979 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 3 of 7
Sunday, May 27, 1979 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 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

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 19   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200252420running25 
2 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Parnelli / Cosworth20099058running1800
31236   Mike Mosley Theodore Racing   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth20059828running0 
42725   Danny Ongais Interscope / Panasonic   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth19937987running0 
5 412   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth19959353running89 
6 53   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth19732074running0 
71346   Howdy Holmes Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS19535964running0300
83422   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Hubler Chevrolet / WNDE   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy19427921running0250
91511   Tom Bagley Dairy Queen / Kent Oil   (Bobby Hillin)Penske / Cosworth19324710running0 
103119   Spike Gehlhausen Sta-On Car Glaze   (Carl Gehlhausen)Wildcat / Cosworth19224209running0 
11287   Steve Krisiloff Frosty Acres   (Robert Fletcher)Lightning / Cosworth19223645running0 
121677   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)Penske / Cosworth19122757running0 
132572   Roger McCluskey National Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)McLaren / Cosworth19124480running025
143044   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth19023953running025
15 21   Tom Sneva Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth18828769crash0 
162669   Joe Saldana KBHL-FM   (Hoffman Racing)Eagle / Offy18522721running0 
172997   Phil Threshie Giuffre Bros.   (Grant King)King / Chevy17222969running020
18 84   Johnny Rutherford Budweiser   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth16829121running0 
192331   Larry Rice S&M ElectricLightning / Offy14219496crash0 
201710   Pancho Carter Alex XLNT Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy12920125wheel bearing0 
212234   Vern Schuppan Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Lightning / Offy11119068transmission0 
22 32   Al Unser Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth10438195transmission85 
233350   Eldon Rasmussen Bivouac Vans   (BFM Enterprises)Antares / Offy8918047header015
242480   Larry Dickson Polak Construction   (Russ Polak)Penske / Cosworth8617797fuel pump belt015
253292   John Mahler Sport Magazine   (Intercomp)Eagle / Offy6617572fuel pump0 
262017   Dick Simon Sanyo   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy5717960clutch010
27 76   Wally Dallenbach Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth4318470lost wheel0 
281024   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy4017025piston010
291829   Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing   (Emil Hucul)McLaren / Offy2220346valve05
301189   Lee Kunzman Vetter / Windjammer   (Conqueste Racing Team)Parnelli / Cosworth1816820scavenger pump0 
312173   Jerry Sneva National Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)Spirit / AMC1617117piston05
32 915   Johnny Parsons Goodyear   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy1617695piston05
333559   George Snider KBHL   (Hoffman Racing)Lightning / Offy717691valve05
341445   Janet Guthrie Texaco Star   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth316899piston05
351923   Jim McElreath AMAX Coal   (Jim McElreath)Penske / Cosworth017453valve05

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Earle Canavan0Kosin's Auto Parts
Tom Frantz16Freight Train
Spike Gehlhausen19Sta-On / WIRE
Bob Harkey19Sta-On / WIRE
John Martin20Scientific Drilling
Billy Vukovich, Jr.22Hubler
Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.23Jim McElreath
Jim McElreath23Jim McElreath
Bill Scott28Wheel Center
Dana Carter30Molly-Mate
Bill Puterbaugh35Medlin
Jerry Karl38Tonco Trailer
Al Loquasto39American Rustproof
Tom Bigelow43Armstrong Molding
Hurley Haywood51Hopkins
Woody Fisher52Eagle Magnetic
Jim Hurtubise56Moran Electric
Eldon Rasmussen58Bivouac / WFMS
Ed Finley62Bob Olmstead's V12
Roger Rager66Advance Clean Sweep
Bill Alsup68, 19Penske, Hubler / Sta-On
Joe Saldana69WBHL
Todd Gibson75Gibson Racing
Dick Ferguson81Aero Electronics
Jan Opperman81Aero Electronics
Billy Engelhart83Beaudoin Racing
Larry McCoy93O'Hanlon Racing
Larry Cannon95That's My Racer
Gary Bettenhausen98Oberdorfer
DCFrank Weiss50Bivouac Vans
DCNeil Bonnett73National Engineering
DCJerry Miller97Giuffre Bros.

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  
7   Larry Dickson 305   -1295  
9   Howdy Holmes 300   -1300  
10   Tom Bigelow 205   -1395  
11   Dick Simon 130   -1470  
11   Todd Gibson 130   -1470  
13   Jim McElreath 95   -1505  
14   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 80   -1520  
15   Eldon Rasmussen 65   -1535  
16   Jerry Karl 60   -1540  
16   Dana Carter 60   -1540  
18   Dick Ferguson 48   -1552  
19   Roger McCluskey 45   -1555  
20   Jerry Sneva 21   -1579