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1981 Watkins Glen 200


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CART race number 9 of 11
Sunday, October 4, 1981 at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
60 laps on a 3.377 mile road course (202.620 miles)

Time of race: 1:52:17
Average speed: 108.273 mph
Pole speed: 104.653 mph
Cautions: 1 for 4 laps
Margin of victory: 1 lap +
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 5

Glossary    1981 CART results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 36   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth6027965running1540
2 41   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth5921765running032
3 941   Bill Alsup Alsup Racing   (Bill Alsup)Penske / Cosworth5916615running028
41035   Bob Lazier Montgomery WardPenske / Cosworth5813165running024
51964   Steve Chassey Jet EngineeringEagle / Chevrolet5612015running020
6 748   Rocky Moran Pepsi ChallengerEagle / Chevrolet5510665out of fuel2116
71831   Larry Dickson Machinists UnionPenske / Cosworth559415running012
82016   Tony Bettenhausen Jr Provimi VealPhoenix / Cosworth548165running010
9 628   Herm Johnson Menard Cashway LumberEagle / Chevrolet546915running08
10 520   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth526665running06
111322   Dick Simon Vermont AmericanWatson / Cosworth506540running04
121434   Hurley Haywood Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Eagle / Cosworth486290running02
132377   Ross Davis Davis Racing   (Davis Racing)Wildcat / Offy446290engine02
14 28   Al Unser Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Longhorn / Cosworth385665engine12
15225   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Cosworth325665running02
16 140   Mario Andretti STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth255040gearbox236
17153   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth234728piston02
182412   Gordon Smiley IntermedicsWildcat / Cosworth224728engine02
192138   Jerry Karl Tonco TrailersKarl / Chevrolet224728stalled02
20 837   Scott Brayton Forsythe-BraytonPenske / Cosworth204728gearbox02
21112   Tom Sneva Texaco StarMarch / Cosworth164415gearbox0 
221267   Teddy Pilette Mergard Racing   (Don Mergard)McLaren / Chevrolet144415gearbox0 
231715   Bill Tempero O'Hanlon-TemperoMcLaren / Chevrolet114415engine0 
241655   Josele Garza Garza Racing   (Josele Garza)Penske / Cosworth94415crash0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Jim McElreath23McElreath RacingJim McElreathEagle / Offy
Roger Rager66McCray PlasteringWildcat / Chevy

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Al Unser111
  Mario Andretti22423
  Rick Mears253511
  Rocky Moran365621
  Rick Mears57604

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rick Mears 279    
2   Bill Alsup 164   -115  
3   Pancho Carter 148   -131  
4   Johnny Rutherford 120   -159  
5   Gordon Johncock 114   -165  
6   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 104   -175  
7   Bobby Unser 79   -200  
7   Bob Lazier 79   -200  
9   Tom Sneva 74   -205  
9   Al Unser 74   -205  
11   Mario Andretti 69   -210  
12   Tom Bigelow 58   -221  
13   Scott Brayton 57   -222  
14   Larry Dickson 49   -230  
15   Gary Bettenhausen 42   -237  
16   Dick Simon 37   -242  
17   Michael Chandler 36   -243  
18   Steve Chassey 31   -248  
19   Herm Johnson 29   -250  
20   Phil Caliva 27   -252  
21   Mike Mosley 26   -253