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CART race number 6 of 11
Sunday, August 30, 1981 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
95 laps on a 3.300 mile road course (313.500 miles)

Time of race: 2:43:40
Average speed: 108.3 mph
Pole speed: 129.559 mph
Cautions: 2 for 12 laps
Margin of victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 2

Glossary    1981 CART results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 36   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth9530915running5163
2 520   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth9523665running048
3107   Bill Alsup AB DickPenske / Cosworth9417715running042
4 974   Michael Chandler National EngineeringPenske / Cosworth9416365running036
52335   Bob Lazier Montgomery WardPenske / Cosworth9212515running030
62222   Dick Simon Vermont AmericanWatson / Cosworth9010665running024
71228   Herm Johnson Menard Cashway LumberLightning / Chevrolet889415running018
82037   Scott Brayton Forsythe-BraytonPenske / Cosworth878165running015
9 43   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth846915running012
10145   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Penske / Cosworth636665engine09
11 832   Kevin Cogan O'Connell Racing   (Jerry O'Connell)Phoenix / Cosworth536540crash06
121155   Josele Garza Garza Racing   (Josele Garza)Penske / Cosworth526290fuel injector03
132766   Roger Rager McCray PlasteringWildcat / Chevrolet503125crash03
14 28   Al Unser Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Longhorn / Cosworth455665gearbox273
152164   Steve Chassey Jet EngineeringEagle / Chevrolet425665engine03
161731   Larry Dickson Machinists UnionPenske / Cosworth395040engine03
171333   Vern Schuppan Thomas Barrett IIIMarch / Cosworth354728crash03
181899   Dick Ferguson Kraco Car StereoPenske / Cosworth324728pit fire03
19 148   Geoff Brabham Pepsi Challenger   (All American Racers)Eagle / Chevrolet304728handling176
202589   Phil Krueger Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Chevrolet261563engine03
21 61   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth224415crash0 
221938   Jerry Karl Tonco TrailersKarl / Chevrolet214415crash0 
232663   Ken Hamilton Spirit of IdahoRiley / Chevrolet141250engine0 
24 72   Tom Sneva Bignotti-CotterMarch / Cosworth124415engine0 
251512   Gordon Smiley IntermedicsWildcat / Cosworth104415crash0 
261634   Hurley Haywood Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Eagle / Cosworth94415brakes0 
272892   John Mahler Trench ShoringPenske / Offy81250engine0 
282415   Bill Tempero O'Hanlon-TemperoMcLaren / Chevrolet74415gearbox0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.16Provimi VealMcLaren / Cosworth
Wally Pankratz24Luxury CarsKing / Chevy
Vern Schuppan33Thomas Barrett IIIMcLaren / Cosworth
Billy Vukovich, Jr.42Rattlesnake RacingWatson / Offy
Phil Caliva47CHC / IntersecMcLaren / Chevy
Ross Davis77Davis RacingWildcat / Chevy

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Geoff Brabham11717
  Al Unser184427
  Rick Mears459551

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rick Mears 186    
2   Pancho Carter 141   -45  
3   Bill Alsup 122   -64  
4   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 89   -97  
5   Gordon Johncock 82   -104  
6   Johnny Rutherford 61   -125  
7   Scott Brayton 55   -131  
8   Tom Bigelow 54   -132  
9   Bob Lazier 52   -134  
10   Mario Andretti 46   -140  
11   Bobby Unser 43   -143  
12   Gary Bettenhausen 40   -146  
13   Al Unser 38   -148  
14   Michael Chandler 36   -150  
15   Dick Simon 33   -153  
16   Tom Sneva 31   -155  
17   Larry Dickson 30   -156  
18   Phil Caliva 27   -159  
19   Mike Mosley 26   -160  
20   Kevin Cogan 23   -163  
21   Herm Johnson 19   -167