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1981 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Gold Crown Series race number 6 of 6
Sunday, May 30, 1982 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.000 miles)

Time of race: 3:05:09
Average speed: 162.026 mph
Pole speed: 207.004 mph
Cautions: 6 for 34 laps
Margin of victory: .160 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 17

Glossary    1981 USAC Gold Crown Series results   /   1981 standings

PosSt#DriverChass./Eng.LapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1 520   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth200271851running571000
2 11   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Ford200205151running77800
3103   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)March / Cosworth19996301running0 
4 77   Tom Sneva Texaco Star   (Bignotti-Cotter)March / Cosworth19782851engine31600
51610   Al Unser Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Longhorn / Cosworth19755108running0 
6 891   Don Whittington Simoniz Finish   (Whittington Brothers)March / Cosworth19652121running2400
72442   Jim Hickman Stroh's Beer   (Harry Schwartz)March / Cosworth18954236running0300
8125   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth18745609engine0 
91428   Herm Johnson Menards / Cashway Lumber   (John Menard)Eagle / Chevy18648869running0200
101830   Howdy Holmes Domino's Pizza   (Douglas Shierson)March / Cosworth18644169running0150
111719   Bobby Rahal Red Roof Inns   (Jim Trueman)March / Cosworth17443548engine0100
12308   Gary Bettenhausen Kraco Car Stereo   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Cosworth15845054engine050
131552   Hector Rebaque Carta Blanca / Indeck   (Gerry Forsythe)March / Cosworth15050804pit fire025
141353   Danny Sullivan Forsythe-Brown   (Forsythe Racing)March / Cosworth14842643crash025
151112   Chip Ganassi First Commercial Corp.   (Jack Rhoades)Wildcat / Cosworth14741630engine025
16 694   Bill Whittington Whittington / Hodgdon   (Whittington Brothers)March / Cosworth12139644engine025
172268   Michael Chandler Freeman / Gurney   (Freeman Racing Associates)Eagle / Chevy10443935gearbox020
183127   Tom Bigelow HBK Racing   (Rolla Vollstedt)Eagle / Chevy9640103engine020
19 314   A.J. Foyt Valvoline / Gilmore   (A.J. Foyt)March / Cosworth9566848transmission3220
202534   Johnny Parsons Silhouette Spas   (Herb Wysard)March / Cosworth9238970crash020
212635   George Snider Cobre Tire   (Robert Fletcher)March / Cosworth8737619transmission015
22 925   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Interscope / Cosworth6237445crash1 
232869   Jerry Sneva Great American   (Dynamics Inc.)March / Cosworth6136998crash015
242939   Chet Fillip Circle Bar Truck CorralEagle / Cosworth6036728body damage0 
253266   Pete Halsmer Colonial Bread / Pay Less   (Frank Arciero)Eagle / Chevy3837385transmission0 
262716   Tony Bettenhausen Jr Provimi Veal   (H&R Racing)March / Cosworth3736669crash010
272175   Dennis Firestone BCV RacingEagle / Milodon3737430rear end010
282021   Geoff Brabham Pentax Super   (Bignotti-Cotter)March / Cosworth1238168engine010
293355   Josele Garza Schlitz Gusto   (Psachie Garza Racing)March / Cosworth136783engine05
30 24   Kevin Cogan Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Ford040525crash05
31 440   Mario Andretti STP / Intermedics   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth040394crash05
321931   Roger Mears Machinists Union   (Machinist Union Racing Team)Penske / Cosworth038040crash05
332395   Dale Whittington Whittington / Hodgdon   (Whittington Brothers)March / Cosworth036530crash0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Bill Alsup2AB Dick Pacemaker
Gary Bettenhausen8Hopkins
Steve Chassey11Hubler / Q95
John Martin17Vollstedt
Billy Vukovich, Jr.18Kraco Car Stereo
Dick Simon22Vermont American
Rusty Schmidt27Vollstedt
Jerry Karl32Purcell Racer
Desire Wilson33Theodore Racing
Hurley Haywood34Wysard Racing
Steve Krisiloff34, 72Wysard Racing, Indiana Coal
Bob Lazier34Wysard Racing
Patrick Bedard36Escort Radar Detector
Scott Brayton37Brayton Racing
Vern Schuppan37, 99Brayton Racing, Kraco Car Stereo
Phil Caliva38CHC / Intersec
Chet Fillip39Circle Bar Truck Corral
Chip Mead40Arizona International
Greg Leffler43Armstrong Molding
Leroy Van Conett46McCray Racing
Spike Gehlhausen47Jamieson Racing
Mike Mosley48All American Racers
Josele Garza50Schlitz
Tom Bigelow56Genesee Beer
Joe Saldana58Genesee Beer
Billy Engelhart59Beaudoin Racing
Ken Hamilton63Eagle Aircraft Flyer
Bob Frey64Jet Engineering
Teddy Pilette67Mergard
Dean Vetrock71Vetco Racing
Roger Rager72Indiana Coal
Tom Frantz77Burger King
Bob Harkey79C & H Racing
Roger Mears80Machinists Union
Bill Scott88Frito Lay
Phil Krueger89Crysen Corp.
Gary Irvin90Swingler
John Mahler92PWS Racing
Jan Sneva92PWS Racing
Jim McElreath98Giuffre Brothers Crane
DCGordon Smiley35Intermedics
WDNeil Bonnett74Warner Hodgdon

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
13939  
40456   #16 accident frontstretch 
466217  
63708   #25,69 accident turn 2 
719525  
961027   #35 stalled on track 
10313129  
1321354   #34 spun turn 2 
1361372  
1381414   #34 stalled turn 3 
14215312  
1541585   #53 accident turn 3 
15920042  
  Percent of race run under caution: 17.0%             Average green flag run: 23.7 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  A.J. Foyt12222
  Gordon Johncock23231
  Don Whittington24252
  Danny Ongais26261
  A.J. Foyt27359
  Rick Mears36416
  Tom Sneva425918
  Rick Mears60634
  A.J. Foyt64641
  Rick Mears659430
  Gordon Johncock9510814
  Rick Mears10912719
  Gordon Johncock1281281
  Rick Mears12914113
  Tom Sneva14215413
  Rick Mears1551595
  Gordon Johncock16020041

Points Standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   George Snider 1395    
2   Geoff Brabham 1310   -85  
3   Tom Bigelow 1280   -115  
4   A.J. Foyt 1045   -350  
5   Gordon Johncock 1000   -395  
6   Mario Andretti 805   -590  
7   Rick Mears 800   -595  
8   Rich Vogler 760   -635  
9   Larry Rice 730   -665  
10   Vern Schuppan 720   -675  
11   Tom Sneva 635   -760  
12   Jim McElreath 594   -801  
13   Billy Vukovich, Jr. 568   -827  
14   Sheldon Kinser 536   -859  
15   Harry MacDonald 500   -895  
16   Jack Hewitt 490   -905  
17   Don Whittington 405   -990  
18   Joe Saldana 366   -1029  
18   Gary Bettenhausen 366   -1029  
20   Roger Rager 350   -1045  
21   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 310   -1085