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1979 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
Previous: 1978 Next: 1980

The 1979 USAC Championship Car season consisted of seven races, beginning in Ontario, California on March 25 and concluding in West Allis, Wisconsin on August 12. The USAC National Champion was A. J. Foyt and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Rick Mears. With the exception of the Indianapolis 500, most top drivers instead competed in races sanctioned by CART.

Schedule and resultsEdit

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 25 USAflagsmall Datsun Twin 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
2 April 8 USAflagsmall Coors 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
3 May 27 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi
(805 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway USAflagsmall Rick MearsTemplate:Ref USAflagsmall Rick MearsTemplate:Ref
4 June 10 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic 150 mi
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
5 June 24 USAflagsmall Music 500 at Pocono 500 mi
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
6 August 5 USAflagsmall Lubrilon Grand Prix 200 mi
(322 km)
Texas World Speedway USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt
7 August 12 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey

Template:Note Non-USAC driver.

Final points standingsEdit

The CART driver not eligible for points.

Pos Driver ONT
USAflagsmall
TXS1
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
TXS2
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 1* 1* 2 1* 1* 1* 12* 3320
2 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich, Jr. 3 6 8 2 6 6 3 1770
3 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow 6 12 14 3 8 2 2 1305
4 USAflagsmall Larry Dickson 16 3 24 4 3 11 DNQ 1225
5 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen 18 2 DNQ 6 9 5 6 1008
6 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath 9 14 35 2 9 DNQ 975
7 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva 21 13 31 5 4 12 10 851
8 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 7 26 13 5 7 17 766
9 USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey 12 13 17 14 4 1 716
10 USAflagsmall Sheldon Kinser 4 8 28 15 15 3 14 673
11 25px-Canadaflag Cliff Hucul 5 4 29 7 11 16 19 653
12 USAflagsmall Howdy Holmes 7 7 600
13 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. 2 16 32 14 21 4 598
14 USAflagsmall George Snider 8 5 33 18 25 11 361
15 USAflagsmall Janet Guthrie DNQ 34 19 5 225
16 25px-Canadaflag Frank Weiss 20 DNQ 8 23 7 218
17 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 9 DNQ 9 13 13 15 185
18 USAflagsmall Dana Carter 10 DNQ 11 22 10 165
19 USAflagsmall Phil Threshie 17 16 16 8 153
20 USAflagsmall Al Loquasto DNQ 10 150
21 USAflagsmall Todd Gibson 14 7 DNQ 130
22 USAflagsmall Jerry Karl DNS 10 DNQ 12 17 14 18 113
23 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson 8 100
24 25px-Canadaflag Eldon Rasmussen 11 15 23 20 85
25 USAflagsmall Jerry Miller DNQ 9 80
26 USAflagsmall Roger Rager DNQ 10 DNP 15 16 65
27 USAflagsmall Dick Fergusson 17 11 DSQ 48
28 USAflagsmall John Martin 15 DNQ 18 30
29 USAflagsmall Bob Harkey 19 DNQ 24 23
30 USAflagsmall Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 19 13 10
31 USAflagsmall Ken Nichols 13 10
32 USAflagsmall Jan Sneva DNQ 20 8
- USAflagsmall Rick Mears 1 0
- USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 3 0
- USAflagsmall Danny Ongais 4 12 0
- USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 5* 0
- USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 6 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Bagley 9 0
- USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen 10 0
- USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff 11 0
- USAflagsmall Salt Walther 12 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 15 0
- USAflagsmall Joe Saldana 16 0
- USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 18 0
- USAflagsmall Larry Rice 19 0
- USAflagsmall Pancho Carter 20 0
- 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan 21 0
- USAflagsmall Al Unser 22 0
- USAflagsmall John Mahler 25 0
- USAflagsmall Wally Dallenbach 27 0
- USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman 30 0
- USAflagsmall Larry McCoy DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Alsup DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Neil Bonnett DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Earle Canavan DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Larry Cannon DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Engelhart DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Ed Finley DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Woody Fisher DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Frantz DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Hurley Haywood DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jan Opperman DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Billy Scott DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Blaine Sneva DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Putnam DNP 0
Pos Driver ONT
USAflagsmall
TXS1
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL1
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
TXS2
USAflagsmall
MIL2
USAflagsmall
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2009-05-13. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1979/. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


from the original on 2009-05-13. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1979u.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


See alsoEdit

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