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USAC Champ Car Series race number 1 of 7
Sunday, March 25, 1979 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
80 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (200.000 miles)

Time of race: 1:17:47
Average speed: 154.279 mph
Pole speed: 188.347 mph
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps
Margin of victory: 3.7 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 5

Glossary    1979 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 114   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Parnelli / Cosworth8016440running59400
2 515   Johnny Parsons Hopkins Racing   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy8010275running1320
3 922   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Leader Card   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy806827running0280
4 724   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy794815running0240
51029   Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing   (Emil Hucul)McLaren / Offy794270running0200
6 643   Tom Bigelow Sherman ArmstrongLola / Cosworth793725running1160
7 417   Dick Simon Paramont Printing   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy783453running0120
81345   George Snider Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth783180running0100
91123   Jim McElreath McElreath Racing   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy782908running080
101681   Dana Carter Molly-Mate   (Wayne Woodward)Eagle / Offy773135running060
112058   Eldon Rasmussen Rent-A-Racer   (Eldon Rasmussen)Rascar / Foyt742499running040
12 272   Roger McCluskey National Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)McLaren / Cosworth682363gearbox020
131988   Ken Nichols Fiore Racing   (Frank Fiore)McLaren / Offy682227engine010
141275   Todd Gibson Gibson Racing   (Todd Gibson)Eagle / Offy532090piston010
15 827   John Martin Scientific Drilling   (Rolla Vollstedt)Vollstedt / Offy501954engine010
161530   Larry Dickson Thunder Racing   (Fred Ruth)McLaren / Offy311872wheel bearing010
171742   Dick Ferguson Aero Electronics   (Wayne Woodward)Eagle / Offy211818turbocharger08
18 346   Gary Bettenhausen Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / Offy201763crash198
191899   Bob Harkey Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy51709ignition08
202150   Frank Weiss B. M.   (Doug Biedersted)Manta / Offy51654connecting rod08
211457   Jerry Sneva Crower Cams   (Crower Engineering)Eagle / Chevy21627fuel pickup06
222238   Jerry Karl Tonco Trailer   (Jerry Karl)McLaren / Offy01600did not start0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Janet Guthrie45Armstrong MouldingLola / Cosworth
WDJim Putnam42Aero ElectronicsEagle / Offy

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
12020  
21233   #46 accident turn 1 
247451  
75784   #88 engine 
79802  
  Percent of race run under caution: 8.8%             Average green flag run: 24.3 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Johnny Parsons111
  Gary Bettenhausen22019
  A.J. Foyt21222
  Tom Bigelow23231
  A.J. Foyt248057

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   A.J. Foyt 400    
2   Johnny Parsons 320   -80  
3   Billy Vukovich, Jr. 280   -120  
4   Sheldon Kinser 240   -160  
5   Cliff Hucul 200   -200  
6   Tom Bigelow 160   -240  
7   Dick Simon 120   -280  
8   George Snider 100   -300  
9   Jim McElreath 80   -320  
10   Dana Carter 60   -340  
11   Eldon Rasmussen 40   -360  
12   Roger McCluskey 20   -380  
13   Ken Nichols 10   -390  
13   Todd Gibson 10   -390  
13   John Martin 10   -390  
13   Larry Dickson 10   -390  
17   Dick Ferguson 8   -392  
17   Gary Bettenhausen 8   -392  
17   Bob Harkey 8   -392  
17   Frank Weiss 8   -392