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1979 Indianapolis 500


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CART race number 4 of 14
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: 3:08:27
Average speed: 158.999 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 CART results   /   1979 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 19   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth200252420running251000
2 614   A.J. Foyt Gilmore Racing   (A.J. Foyt)Parnelli / Cosworth20099058running1 
31236   Mike Mosley Theodore Racing   (Dan Gurney)Eagle / Cosworth20059828running0700
42725   Danny Ongais Interscope / Panasonic   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth19937987running0600
5 412   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth19959353running89500
6 53   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth19732074running0400
71346   Howdy Holmes Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / DGS19535964running0 
83422   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Hubler Chevrolet / WNDE   (Leader Card)Watson / Offy19427921running0 
91511   Tom Bagley Dairy Queen / Kent Oil   (Bobby Hillin)Penske / Cosworth19324710running0200
103119   Spike Gehlhausen Sta-On Car Glaze   (Carl Gehlhausen)Wildcat / Cosworth19224209running0150
11287   Steve Krisiloff Frosty Acres   (Fletcher Racing)Lightning / Cosworth19223645running0100
121677   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (Walmotors)Penske / Cosworth19122757running050
132572   Roger McCluskey National EngineeringMcLaren / Cosworth19124480running0 
143044   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth19023953running0 
15 21   Tom Sneva Sugaripe Prunes   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth18828769crash025
162669   Joe Saldana KBHL-FM   (Hoffman Racing)Eagle / Offy18522721running025
172997   Phil Threshie Giuffre Bros.   (Grant King)King / Chevrolet17222969running0 
18 84   Johnny Rutherford Budweiser   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth16829121running020
192331   Larry Rice S&M ElectricLightning / Offy14219496crash020
201710   Pancho Carter Alex XLNT Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy12920125wheel bearing020
212234   Vern Schuppan Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Lightning / Offy11119068transmission015
22 32   Al Unser Pennzoil   (Chaparral Cars)Chaparral / Cosworth10438195transmission8515
233350   Eldon Rasmussen Bivouac Vans   (BFM Enterprises)Antares / Offy8918047header0 
242480   Larry Dickson Polak Construction   (Russ Polak)Penske / Cosworth8617797fuel pump belt0 
253292   John Mahler Sport Magazine   (Intercomp)Eagle / Offy6617572fuel pump010
262017   Dick Simon Sanyo   (Vollstedt Enterprises)Vollstedt / Offy5717960clutch0 
27 76   Wally Dallenbach Foreman Industries   (Pat Patrick)Penske / Cosworth4318470lost wheel010
281024   Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer   (Leader Card)Watson / Offy4017025piston0 
291829   Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing   (Emil Hucul)McLaren / Offy2220346valve0 
301189   Lee Kunzman Vetter / Windjammer   (Conqueste Racing Team)Parnelli / Cosworth1816820scavenger pump05
312173   Jerry Sneva National EngineeringSpirit / AMC1617117burned piston05
32 915   Johnny Parsons Goodyear   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy1617695burned piston0 
333559   George Snider KBHL   (Hoffman Racing)Lightning / Offy717691burned valve0 
341445   Janet Guthrie Texaco Star   (Sherman Armstrong)Lola / Cosworth316899burned piston0 
351923   Jim McElreath AMAX Coal   (Jim McElreath)Penske / Cosworth017453bent valve0 

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   Rick Mears 1565    
2   Gordon Johncock 900   -665  
3   Bobby Unser 875   -690  
4   Mike Mosley 830   -735  
5   Johnny Rutherford 730   -835  
6   Danny Ongais 713   -852  
7   Al Unser 470   -1095  
8   Tom Bagley 413   -1152  
9   Tom Sneva 331   -1234  
10   Lee Kunzman 270   -1295  
11   Wally Dallenbach 188   -1377  
12   Spike Gehlhausen 166   -1399  
13   Salt Walther 141   -1424  
14   Steve Krisiloff 113   -1452  
15   Pancho Carter 101   -1464  
16   Larry Rice 70   -1495  
17   Vern Schuppan 46   -1519  
18   Joe Saldana 43   -1522  
19   Bill Alsup 40   -1525  
20   John Mahler 16   -1549