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1981 Copa Mexico 150


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CART race number 10 of 11
Sunday, October 18, 1981 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
59 laps on a 2.500 mile road course (147.500 miles)

Time of race: 1:24:48
Average speed: 104.363 mph
Pole speed: 125.807 mph
Cautions: 1 for 10 laps
Margin of victory: 5 sec
Attendance: 50000
Lead changes: 4

Glossary    1981 CART results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 66   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth5941465running2320
2 58   Al Unser Viceroy / Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Longhorn / Cosworth5932615running216
3 320   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth5923715running014
41435   Bob Lazier Montgomery WardMarch / Cosworth5923715running012
5107   Bill Alsup AB DickPenske / Cosworth5817165running010
6125   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Penske / Cosworth5815165running08
71821   Mike Mosley Zurn / IndeckPenske / Cosworth5813165running06
8 928   Herm Johnson Menard Cashway LumberEagle / Chevrolet5811165running05
9 248   Geoff Brabham Pepsi ChallengerEagle / Chevrolet579165running04
101399   Dick Ferguson Kraco Car StereoPenske / Cosworth578765running03
112216   Tony Bettenhausen Jr Provimi VealPhoenix / Cosworth568565running02
122415   Bill Tempero O'Hanlon-TemperoMcLaren / Chevrolet558165running01
132023   Jim McElreath McElreath Racing   (Jim McElreath)Eagle / Offy558165running01
142389   Phil Krueger Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Chevrolet547165running01
15 13   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth527165crash343
16 874   Michael Chandler National Engineering Co.Penske / Cosworth516165crash01
171534   Hurley Haywood Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Eagle / Cosworth475665running01
181155   Josele Garza Garza Racing   (Josele Garza)Penske / Cosworth385665running01
191738   Jerry Karl Tonco TrailersKarl / Chevrolet365665engine01
20 42   Tom Sneva Texaco StarMarch / Cosworth365665rear end01
212133   Vern Schuppan Thomas Barrett IIIMcLaren / Cosworth265165engine0 
221931   Larry Dickson Machinists UnionPenske / Cosworth235165clutch line0 
231637   Scott Brayton Zurn / IndeckPenske / Cosworth235165gearbox0 
242693   Michel Jourdain Grupo AcypsaPenske / Offy182000oil line0 
252522   Dick Simon Vermont AmericanWatson / Cosworth162000fuel pump0 
26 71   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth95165piston0 
272742   Billy Vukovich, Jr. Steve Vukovich RacingWatson / Offy42000oil pressure0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Orlo Trice66McCray PlasteringWildcat / Chevy

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Bobby Unser12525
  Rick Mears26294
  Al Unser30312
  Bobby Unser32409
  Rick Mears415919

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rick Mears 299    
2   Bill Alsup 174   -125  
3   Pancho Carter 156   -143  
4   Gordon Johncock 128   -171  
5   Johnny Rutherford 120   -179  
6   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 106   -193  
7   Bob Lazier 91   -208  
8   Al Unser 90   -209  
9   Bobby Unser 82   -217  
10   Tom Sneva 75   -224  
11   Mario Andretti 69   -230  
12   Tom Bigelow 58   -241  
13   Scott Brayton 57   -242  
14   Larry Dickson 49   -250  
15   Gary Bettenhausen 42   -257  
16   Michael Chandler 37   -262  
16   Dick Simon 37   -262  
18   Herm Johnson 34   -265  
19   Mike Mosley 32   -267  
20   Steve Chassey 31   -268  
21   Phil Caliva 27   -272