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1979 International 500-Mile Sweepstakes


Race 4 of 14


Indianapolis
200 laps
Time of race: 3:08:47.97
Average speed of winner: 158.899 mph
Margin of victory: 45.690 sec.
Lead changes: 9 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 34 laps
Fastest lap: Mike Mosley 193.216
Lap leaders: Mears pole, A. Unser 1-24, Mears 25-27, Foyt 28, A. Unser 29-69, B. Unser 70-73, Mears 74-76, A. Unser 77-96, B. Unser 97-181, Mears 182-200

Race notes: First win for Rick Mears. First pole for Rick Mears. Debut for Tom Bigelow, Larry Dickson, A.J. Foyt, Howdy Holmes, Cliff Hucul, Sheldon Kinser, Jim McElreath, Johnny Parsons, Dick Simon, Jerry Sneva, George Snider, Phil Threshie, and Bill Vukovich, Jr. Only start for Janet Guthrie, Roger McCluskey, and Eldon Rasmussen. Rick Mears took the points lead from Johnny Rutherford.

Video links: Highlights



FinishStartDriverCar #SponsorChassisEngineTireOwnerQualifying SpeedLapsX LedLaps LedStatusPoints
11Rick Mears9Gould ChargePenskeCosworthGoodyearPenske193.736200325flagged1000
26A.J. Foyt14Gilmore RacingParnelliCosworthGoodyearFoyt189.61320011flagged0
312Mike Mosley36Theodore RacingEagleCosworthGoodyearTheodore186.27820000flagged700
427Danny Ongais25Interscope/PanasonicParnelliCosworthGoodyearInterscope188.00919900flagged600
54Bobby Unser12Norton SpiritPenskeCosworthGoodyearPenske189.913199289flagged500
65Gordon Johncock3North American Van LinesPenskeCosworthGoodyearPatrick189.75319700flagged400
713Howdy Holmes46Armstrong MoldingWildcatOffenhauserGoodyearArmstrong185.86419500flagged0
834Bill Vukovich, Jr.22Hubler/WNDEWatsonOffenhauserGoodyearLeader Card187.04219300flagged0
915Tom Bagley11Dairy Queen-KentPenskeCosworthGoodyearHillin185.41419300flagged200
1031Spike Gehlhausen19Sta-On Car GlazeWildcatCosworthGoodyearGehlhausen185.06119200flagged150
1128Steve Krisiloff7Frosty AcresLightningCosworthGoodyearFletcher186.28719200flagged100
1216Salt Walther77Dayton-WaltherPenskeCosworthGoodyearWalmotor184.16219100flagged50
1325Roger McCluskey72National EngineeringMcLarenCosworthGoodyearHodgdon183.90819100flagged0
1430Tom Bigelow44Armstrong MoldingLolaCosworthGoodyearArmstrong185.14719000flagged0
152Tom Sneva1Sugaripe PruneMcLarenCosworthGoodyearO Connell192.99818800accident NW25
1626Joe Saldana69KBHL-FMEagleCosworthGoodyearHoffman188.77818600flagged25
1729Phil Threshie97Guiffre Bros.KingChevroletGoodyearGuiffre Bros.185.72017200flagged0
188Johnny Rutherford4BudweiserMcLarenCosworthGoodyearMcLaren188.13716800flagged20
1923Larry Rice31S&M ElectricLightningOffenhauserGoodyearSantello184.21914200accident SE20
2017Pancho Carter10Alex XLNT FoodsLightningCosworthGoodyearMorales185.80612900wheel bearing20
2122Vern Schuppan34Wysard MotorsWildcatDGSGoodyearWysard184.34111100transmission15
223Al Unser2PennzoilChaparralCosworthGoodyearHall192.503104385transmission seal15
2333Eldon Rasmussen50Bivouac VansAntaresOffenhauserGoodyearRasmussen183.9278900header0
2424Larry Dickson80Polak ConstructionPenskeCosworthGoodyearPolak184.1818600fuel pump0
2532John Mahler92Sport MagazineEagleOffenhauserGoodyearSport Magazine184.3226600fuel pump10
2620Dick Simon17SanyoVollstedtOffenhauserGoodyearVollstedt185.0715700clutch0
277Wally Dallenbach6Foreman IndustriesPenskeCosworthGoodyearPatrick188.2854300lost wheel10
2810Sheldon Kinser24Genesee BeerWatsonOffenhauserGoodyearLeader Card186.6744000piston0
2918Cliff Hucul29Hucul RacingMcLarenOffenhauserGoodyearHucul186.2002200valve0
3011Lee Kunzman89Vetter-WindjammerParnelliCosworthGoodyearHamm186.4031800scavenger pump5
3121Jerry Sneva73National EngineeringSpiritAMCGoodyearHodgdon184.3791600piston5
329Johnny Parsons15Hopkins-GoodyearLightningDGSGoodyearHopkins187.8131600piston0
3335George Snider59KBHLLightningOffenhauserGoodyearHoffman185.319700valve0
3414Janet Guthrie45Texaco StarLolaCosworthGoodyearArmstrong185.720300piston0
3519Jim McElreath23AMAX CoalarPenskeCosworthGoodyearMcElreath185.883000valve0

Points standings

RankDriverPointsStartsPolesWinsPodiums
1Rick Mears15654113
2Gordon Johncock9004011
3Bobby Unser8754100
4Mike Mosley8304001
5Johnny Rutherford7304123
6Danny Ongais7134000
7Al Unser4704001
8Tom Bagley4134000
9Tom Sneva3314001
10Lee Kunzman2704001
11Wally Dallenbach1884000
12Spike Gehlhausen1664000
13Salt Walther1414000
14Steve Krisiloff1133000
15Pancho Carter1014000
16Larry Rice703000
17Vern Schuppan464000
18Joe Saldana434000
19Bill Alsup403000
20John Mahler162000
21Tom Frantz81000
22Jerry Sneva51000
23A.J. Foyt01001
24Howdy Holmes01000
25Bill Vukovich, Jr.01000