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1980 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
Previous: 1979 Next: 1981-82

The 1980 USAC Championship Car season consisted of five races, beginning in Ontario, California on April 13 and concluding in Lexington, Ohio on July 13. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Johnny Rutherford. The season was planned to be 12 races, each co-sanctioned with CART, however USAC withdrew from the agreement after the fifth race.

In January 1980, USAC initially released a 10-race schedule, with new venues Talladega, Charlotte, and Road Atlanta added to the schedule.[1] However, these three events were eventually scrapped when USAC entered into a joint sanctioning effort with CART.

Schedule and resultsEdit

CART and USAC united in 1980 under the banner of the Championship Racing League (CRL). The first five races of the season were run under CRL banner and sanction by USAC. The union dissolved after the Mid-Ohio race and USAC ended their season.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 13 USAflagsmall Datsun Twin 200 200 mi
(322 km)
Ontario Motor Speedway USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
2 May 26 USAflagsmall Indianapolis 500-Mile Race 500 mi
(805 km)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
3 June 8 USAflagsmall Gould Rex Mays Classic 150 mi
(241 km)
Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
4 June 22 USAflagsmall True Value 500 500 mi
(805 km)
Pocono International Raceway USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
5 July 13 USAflagsmall Red Roof Inns 150 150 mi
(241 km)
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USAflagsmall Al Unser USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford

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The withdrawn races:
April 26 at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas
July 27 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia
August 10 at Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway in West Allis, Wisconsin
August 24 at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega, Alabama
September 14 at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario
September 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Driver ONT
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MDO
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 1* 1* 2 2 1 2740
2 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 2 2 6 3 11 1970
3 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 23 9 1 1* 15 1334
4 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 3 4 3* DNQ 2 1330
5 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter 18 6 4 6 7 1078
6 USAflagsmall Bill Alsup 7 DNQ 9 4 3 990
7 USAflagsmall Rick Mears 21 5 5 12 9* 766
8 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen 3 12 33 20 726
9 USAflagsmall Sheldon Kinser 13 DNQ 11 7 24 345
10 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais 7 24 18 21 330
11 USAflagsmall Howdy Holmes DNQ 15 8 14 266
12 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow 8 250
13 USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen 4 29 DNQ 245
14 USAflagsmall Tom Bagley 5 28 23 29 DNS 220
15 USAflagsmall Tim Richmond 9 DNQ DNQ 22 205
16 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon 33 DNQ 9 DNQ 205
17 USAflagsmall Roger Mears 9 DNQ 4 180
18 USAflagsmall Gordon Smiley 6 25 170
19 USAflagsmall Billy Engelhart 11 10 13 170
20 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan DNQ 5 5 150
21 USAflagsmall Lee Kunzman DNQ 10 DNQ 150
22 USAflagsmall Greg Leffler 10 DNQ 150
23 USAflagsmall Tom Gloy 6 120
24 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva 17 8 14 120
25 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson 14 DNQ 17 11 116
26 USAflagsmall Dick Ferguson 8 31 DNQ 105
27 USAflagsmall Roger Rager 23 26 8 100
28 25px-Canadaflag Cliff Hucul 7 90
29 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich, Jr. 12 21 28 65
30 USAflagsmall Jan Sneva 10 DNQ 60
31 USAflagsmall Rick Muther 24 DNQ 18 10 57
32 USAflagsmall Jerry Karl 21 14 15 18 54
33 USAflagsmall Phil Caliva 15 DNQ 16 12 50
34 USAflagsmall Al Unser 16 27 20 24 13 49
35 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt DNS 14 19 45
36 USAflagsmall Ron Shuman 11 DNQ 40
37 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 20 17 40
38 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 22 13 21 DNQ 38
39 25px-AustraliaFLAG Dennis Firestone 16 30 30
40 USAflagsmall John Martin DNQ 20 16 28
41 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 19 32 23 28
42 USAflagsmall John Wood 12 DNQ DNQ 23 25
43 USAflagsmall Don Whittington, Jr. 13 DNQ 25
44 USAflagsmall George Snider 15 DNQ 25
45 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath 24 27 25
46 USAflagsmall Bill Tempero 17 DNQ 16 17 22
47 USAflagsmall Joe Saldana 25 DNQ 22 DNQ 19
48 USAflagsmall Phil Threshie DNQ 22 25 15
49 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons, Jr. 26 DNQ 10
50 USAflagsmall Billie Harvey 19 6
51 USAflagsmall John Mahler DNQ DNQ 19 6
52 USAflagsmall Bill Whittington 30 5
53 USAflagsmall Al Loquasto DNQ 31 5
54 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. DNQ DNQ 32 DNQ 5
- USAflagsmall Hurley Haywood 18 0
- USAflagsmall Pete Halsmer 20 DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Ross Davis 22 0
- USAflagsmall Bob Frey DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Janet Guthrie DNQ DNQ 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Buddie Boys DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Rich Vogler DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bob Harkey DNQ DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Dana Carter DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Larry Dickson DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Tom Frantz DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Salt Walther DNQ 0
- 25px-Canadaflag Frank Weiss DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Bruce Hill DNQ 0
- USAflagsmall Milt Harper DNQ 0
Pos Driver ONT
USAflagsmall
INDY
USAflagsmall
MIL
USAflagsmall
POC
USAflagsmall
MDO
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/980-1980/. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


from the original on 2009-05-13. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1980u.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 


See alsoEdit

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