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1979 American Championship Car season
Series  : IndyCar
Champion : USAflagsmall Rick Mears
Previous: 1978 (USAC) Next: 1980

The 1979 IndyCar season consisted of 14 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 11 and concluding at the same location on October 20. The SCCA/CART Indy Car Series Drivers' Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Rick Mears. Rookie of the Year was Bill Alsup. This was the first year that the championship was co-sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and CART, after the majority of car owners left the USAC during the previous season. The 63rd Indianapolis 500 continued to be sanctioned by the USAC, but counted in the CART points standings.

Drivers and constructors Edit

The following teams and drivers competed for the 1979 CART World Series.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers
USAflagsmall Jerry O'Connel Racing McLaren Cosworth G 1 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva
USAflagsmall Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral

Lola

Cosworth G 2 USAflagsmall Al Unser
USAflagsmall Marlboro Team Penske Penske Cosworth G 9 USAflagsmall Rick Mears
12 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
99 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti
USAflagsmall Patrick Racing Penske Cosworth G 3/20 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
6/40 USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach
USAflagsmall McLaren International McLaren Cosworth G 4 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
USAflagsmall All American Racers Eagle Cosworth G 36 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley
USAflagsmall Longhorn Racing Penske Cosworth G 11 USAflagsmall Tom Bagley
USAflagsmall Larry Hamm Motorsports Parnelli Cosworth G 21/89 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman
USAflagsmall S-M Electric Lightning Offy G 35 USAflagsmall Larry Rice
USAflagsmall WASP Racing McLaren Offy G 41/67 USAflagsmall Bill Alsup
USAflagsmall Walmotor McLaren Cosworth G 77 USAflagsmall Salt Walther
USAflagsmall Hoffman Racing Eagle Offy G 59/69 USAflagsmall Joe Saldana
USAflagsmall Frantz Racing Wildcat DGS G 16/18 USAflagsmall Tom Frantz
USAflagsmall Interscope Racing Parnelli Cosworth G 25 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais
USAflagsmall Fletcher Racing Lightning Cosworth G 7/55 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff
USAflagsmall Gehlhausen Racing Eagle Offy G 19 USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen
39 22px-Flag of Italy Al Loquasto
USAflagsmall Sport Magazine Eagle Offy G 92 USAflagsmall John Mahler
USAflagsmall Alex Morales Motorsports Lightning Offy G 10 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter
USAflagsmall Wysard Motor Co. Wildcat Offy G 34 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan
USAflagsmall National Engineering Spirit 78 AMC G 73 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva
USAflagsmall Aero Electrics Spyder Offy G 79 USAflagsmall Dick Ferguson
USAflagsmall -Private Entry- Eagle Offy G 69 USAflagsmall Tim Richmond
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Canon Racing - GTI Engineering Wildcat DGS G 73 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon
USAflagsmall Wheel Center Eagle Offy G 28 USAflagsmall Bill Scott
USAflagsmall Sta-On Eagle Offy G 19 USAflagsmall Phil Caliva
USAflagsmall Mergard Racing Eagle Offy G 42 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson
USAflagsmall AMS/Oil Lola Cosworth G 86 25px-AustraliaFLAG Dennis Firestone

Results and standings Edit

Races Edit

Rd Date Name Circuit Winning driver Winning team Report
1 March 11 USAflagsmall Arizona Republic / Jimmy Bryan 150 Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing Report
2 April 22 USAflagsmall Gould Twin Dixie 125 - Heat 1 Atlanta, Georgia USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford McLaren Report
3 April 22 USAflagsmall Gould Twin Dixie 125 - Heat 2 Atlanta, Georgia USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford McLaren Report
4 May 27 USAflagsmall Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing Report
5 June 10 USAflagsmall Trenton Twin Indy - Heat 1 Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Penske Racing Report
6 June 10 USAflagsmall Trenton Twin Indy - Heat 2 Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Penske Racing Report
7 July 15 USAflagsmall Norton Twin - Heat 1 Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing Report
8 July 15 USAflagsmall Norton Twin - Heat 2 Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Penske Racing Report
9 August 5 USAflagsmall Kent Oil 150 Watkins Glen, New York USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Penske Racing Report
10 August 19 USAflagsmall Ditzler 150 Trenton, New Jersey USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing Report
11 September 2 USAflagsmall California 500 Ontario, California USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Penske Racing Report
12 September 15 USAflagsmall Gould Grand Prix Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Penske Racing Report
13 September 30 USAflagsmall Rich's Atlantic Classic Atlanta, Georgia USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing Report
14 October 20 USAflagsmall Miller High Life Avondale, Arizona USAflagsmall Al Unser Chaparral Report

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  • CART was sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
  • Indianapolis was USAC-sanctioned but counted towards the CART championship.

Full Series Results Edit

Points Breakdown Edit

Points Earned for Each Type of Race
Pos 100 Miles 125 Miles 150 Miles 200 Miles 500 Miles Pos 100 Miles 125 Miles 150 Miles 200 Miles 500 Miles
1 200 250 300 400 1000 18 5 5 6 8 20
2 160 200 240 320 800 19 5 6 8 20
3 140 175 210 280 700 20 5 6 8 20
4 120 150 160 240 600 21 4 5 6 15
5 100 125 150 200 500 22 4 4 6 15
6 80 100 120 160 400 23 4 4 6 15
7 60 75 90 120 300 24 6 10
8 50 63 75 100 250 25 4 10
9 40 50 60 80 200 26 4 10
10 30 38 45 60 150 27 10
11 20 25 30 40 100 28 10
12 10 13 15 20 50 29 5
13 5 5 8 10 25 30 5
14 5 5 8 10 25 31 5
15 5 5 8 10 25 32 5
16 5 5 8 10 25 33 5
17 5 5 6 8 20

Final driver standings Edit

Pos Driver USAflagsmall
PHO
R1
USAflagsmall
ATL
R1
USAflagsmall
ATL
R2
USAflagsmall
IND
500
USAflagsmall
TRE
R1
USAflagsmall
TRE
R2
USAflagsmall
MIG
R1
USAflagsmall
MIG
R2
USAflagsmall
WKG
INT
USAflagsmall
TRE
R3
USAflagsmall
CAL
500
USAflagsmall
MIG
R3
USAflagsmall
ATL
R3
USAflagsmall
PHO
R2
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Rick Mears 2 5 2 1 5 7 4 5 2 1 2 3 1 3 4,060
2 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 5 7 4 5 1 1 Ret 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 3,820
3 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 1 4 9 6 3 5 1 4 3 Ret Ret Ret 2 4 2,211
4 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 3 1 1 18 Ret 3 3 Ret Ret 5 4 4 Ret 6 2,163
5 USAflagsmall Al Unser 4 6 3 Ret 2 Ret 13 3 5 6 5 Ret 5 1 2,085
6 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais Ret Ret 6 4 7 6 Ret Ret 4 Ret 6 DNQ Ret Ret 1,473
7 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva Ret 3 5 15 6 Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 Ret 2 8 5 1,360
8 USAflagsmall Tom Bagley 8 8 7 9 8 4 6 6 6 7 Ret 5 9 1,208
9 USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach, Sr. 7 11 8 Ret 4 2 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret 6 4 12 1,149
10 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 6 Ret Ret 3 Ret DNS 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 1,126
11 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 3 DNQ 700
12 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman 9 2 Ret Ret Ret DNS 14 Ret 9 490
13 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter Ret 9 11 Ret 10 8 7 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 7 452
14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan Ret 12 12 Ret Ret DNS 7 7 DNS Ret 449
15 USAflagsmall Bill Alsup 11 Ret Ret 12 9 9 Ret 9 10 Ret 9 10 11 400
16 USAflagsmall Joe Saldana 13 Ret 13 16 Ret Ret 10 8 Ret 8 Ret DNQ 6 Ret 368
17 USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 343
18 USAflagsmall Salt Walther 12 10 10 12 8 7 Ret Ret 314
19 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff Ret Ret 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 279
20 USAflagsmall Tom Frantz 14 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 236
21 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva Ret Ret 155
22 USAflagsmall Tim Richmond Ret DNS 8 Ret Ret Ret 112
23 USAflagsmall Larry Rice 10 14 19 Ret 10 105
24 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson 7 13 98
25 USAflagsmall John Mahler Ret Ret 11 11 12 Ret 74
26 25px-Mexicoflag Al Loquasto Ret 9 Ret 70
27 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret 56
28 USAflagsmall Dick Ferguson 15 Ret Ret DNQ 35
29 USAflagsmall Billy Scott Ret 20
30 USAflagsmall Phil Caliva Ret 10
- USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt 2 -
- USAflagsmall Howdy Holmes 7 -
- USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich II 8 -
- USAflagsmall Don Whittington 8 -
- 25px-Canadaflag Frank Weiss 9 -
- USAflagsmall Bill Whittington Ret -
- USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey 13 -
- USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow 14 -
- USAflagsmall Phil Threshie 17 -
- USAflagsmall John Martin Ret -
- 25px-Canadaflag Eldon Rasmussen Ret -
- USAflagsmall Larry Dickson Ret -
- USAflagsmall Dick Simon Ret -
- USAflagsmall Sheldon Kinser Ret -
- USAflagsmall Bob Harkey Ret -
- 25px-Canadaflag Cliff Hucul Ret Ret -
- 25px-AustraliaFLAG Dennis Firestone Ret -
- USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons Ret Ret -
- USAflagsmall George Snider Ret -
- USAflagsmall Janet Guthrie Ret -
- USAflagsmall Jim McElreath Ret -
Pos Driver PHO
R1
USAflagsmall
ATL
H1
USAflagsmall
ATL
H2
USAflagsmall
IND
500
USAflagsmall
TRE
H1
USAflagsmall
TRE
H2
USAflagsmall
MIG
H1
USAflagsmall
MIG
H2
USAflagsmall
WKG
INT
USAflagsmall
TRE
R3
USAflagsmall
CAL
500
USAflagsmall
MIG
R3
USAflagsmall
ATL
R3
USAflagsmall
PHO
R2
USAflagsmall
Pts

Template:Motorsport driver results legend

In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

Driver Breakdown Edit

Pos Driver Team Entries Wins Podiums Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points
1 USAflagsmall Mears USAflagsmall Team Penske 14 3 9 13 14 2 4,060
2 USAflagsmall B. Unser USAflagsmall Team Penske 14 6 9 12 13 7 3,820
3 USAflagsmall Johncock USAflagsmall Patrick Racing 14 2 5 9 11 2 2,211
4 USAflagsmall Rutherford USAflagsmall McLaren International 14 2 5 8 9 2 2,163
5 USAflagsmall A. Unser USAflagsmall Chaparral Cars Inc. 14 1 4 8 10 1 2,085
6 USAflagsmall Ongais USAflagsmall Interscope Racing 13 0 0 2 6 0 1,473
7 USAflagsmall T. Sneva USAflagsmall Sugaripe Prune 14 0 2 6 8 0 1,360
8 USAflagsmall Bagley USAflagsmall Longhorn Racing 13 0 0 2 12 0 1,208
9 USAflagsmall Dallenbach USAflagsmall Patrick Racing 14 0 1 5 8 0 1,149
10 USAflagsmall Mosley USAflagsmall All American Racers 12 0 2 2 3 0 1,126
11 USAflagsmall Andretti USAflagsmall Marlboro Team Penske 1 0 1 1 1 0 700
12 USAflagsmall Kunzman USAflagsmall Hamm 8 0 1 1 3 0 490
13 USAflagsmall Carter USAflagsmall Alex Foods 13 0 0 0 6 0 452
14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Schuppan USAflagsmall Wysard Motor Co. 8 0 0 0 2 0 449
15 USAflagsmall Alsup (R) USAflagsmall WASP Racing 13 0 0 0 6 0 400
16 USAflagsmall Saldana USAflagsmall Hoffman Racing 13 0 0 0 4 0 368
17 USAflagsmall Gehlhausen USAflagsmall Gehlhausen Racing 14 0 0 0 2 0 343
18 USAflagsmall Walther USAflagsmall Walmotor 8 0 0 0 4 0 314
19 USAflagsmall Krisiloff USAflagsmall Fletcher Racing 10 0 0 0 2 0 279
20 USAflagsmall Frantz USAflagsmall Frantz Racing 7 0 0 0 1 0 236
21 USAflagsmall J. Sneva USAflagsmall National Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 0 155
22 USAflagsmall Richmond USAflagsmall -Private Entry- 5 0 0 0 1 0 112
23 USAflagsmall Rice USAflagsmall S-M Electric 5 0 0 0 2 0 105
24 USAflagsmall Johnson USAflagsmall Mergard Racing 2 0 0 0 1 0 98
25 USAflagsmall Mahler USAflagsmall Sport Magazine 6 0 0 0 0 0 74
26 25px-Mexicoflag Loquasto USAflagsmall Gehlhausen Racing 3 0 0 0 1 0 70
27 USAflagsmall Cannon USAflagsmall Canon Racing - GTI Engineering 4 0 0 0 0 0 56
28 USAflagsmall Ferguson USAflagsmall Aero Electrics 3 0 0 0 0 0 35
29 USAflagsmall Scott USAflagsmall Wheel Center 1 0 0 0 0 0 20
30 USAflagsmall Caliva USAflagsmall Sta-On 1 0 0 0 0 0 10

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