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1981 American Championship Car season
Series  : IndyCar
Champion : USAflagsmall Rick Mears
Previous: 1980 Next: 1982

The 1981 IndyCar season, the third in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing, consisted of 11 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 22 and concluding at the same location on October 31. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion was Rick Mears. Rookie of the Year was Bob Lazier. After the disagreement with the USAC during the previous season, the 65th Indianapolis 500 was not part of the Series, however no competing race was scheduled and most CART teams and drivers did take part.

Drivers and constructors Edit

The following teams and drivers competed for the 1981 CART World Series.

Team Chassis Engine Tires No Drivers
USAflagsmall Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral Cosworth G 1 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford
USAflagsmall Sugaripe Prune
USAflagsmall Bignotti-Cotter
Phoenix
March
Cosworth G 2 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva
21 USAflagsmall Salt Walther
USAflagsmall Team Penske Penske Cosworth G 3 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
6 USAflagsmall Rick Mears
7 USAflagsmall Bill Alsup
USAflagsmall Alex Foods Penske
Lightning
Cosworth G 5 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter
75 USAflagsmall Steve Chassey
USAflagsmall Longhorn Racing Longhorn Racing Cosworth G 8 USAflagsmall Al Unser
USAflagsmall Rhoades Racing
USAflagsmall Intermedics
Wildcat Cosworth G 12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Dennis Firestone
USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen
USAflagsmall Gordon Smiley
USAflagsmall Gilmore Racing Coyote Cosworth G 14 USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt
USAflagsmall Zamboni Electric McLaren Chevrolet G 15 USAflagsmall Bill Tempero
USAflagsmall Bettenhausen Racing
USAflagsmall Provimi Veal
McLaren Cosworth G 16 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.
USAflagsmall Leader Card Watson
Vollstedt
Cosworth
Offy
G 17 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva
22 USAflagsmall Dick Simon
USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen
USAflagsmall Patrick Racing Wildcat Cosworth G 20 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock
40 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti
USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff
USAflagsmall Space Racing Eagle Cosworth G 21/49 USAflagsmall Chip Mead
USAflagsmall Brayton Racing Penske Cosworth G 21 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley
37 USAflagsmall Scott Brayton
USAflagsmall McElreath Racing Eagle Offy G 23 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath
USAflagsmall Luxury Racers King Chevrolet G 24 USAflagsmall Wally Pankratz
USAflagsmall Buick Racing Eagle Chevrolet G 26/86 USAflagsmall Jim Buick
USAflagsmall Menard Racing Lightning Chevrolet G 28 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson
USAflagsmall Beaudoin Racing McLaren Cosworth G 29 USAflagsmall Billy Engelhart
USAflagsmall Machinists Union Racing Penske Cosworth G 31 USAflagsmall Larry Dickson
USAflagsmall O´Connell Racing Phoenix Cosworth G 32 USAflagsmall Kevin Cogan
USAflagsmall Thomas W. Barrett III
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McLaren
March
Cosworth G 33 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan
USAflagsmall Wysard Motor Co. Eagle Cosworth G 34 USAflagsmall Hurley Haywood
USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons
USAflagsmall Fletcher Racing Penske
March
Cosworth G 35 USAflagsmall Bob Lazier
USAflagsmall Tonco Trailer McLaren
Karl
Chevrolet G 38 USAflagsmall Jerry Karl
USAflagsmall Alsup Racing Penske Cosworth G 41 USAflagsmall Bill Alsup
USAflagsmall Crossroads Inn Eagle Offy G 42/71 USAflagsmall Bob Frey
USAflagsmall Steve Vukovich Racing
Rattlesnake Racing
Watson Offy G 42 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich II
USAflagsmall Armstrong Mould Lola
Armstrong
Cosworth G 43 USAflagsmall Greg Leffler
45 USAflagsmall Harry MacDonald
USAflagsmall CHC-Intersec McLaren Chevrolet G 47 USAflagsmall Phil Caliva
USAflagsmall All American Racers Eagle Chevrolet G 48 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley
25px-AustraliaFLAG Geoff Brabham
USAflagsmall Rocky Moran
USAflagsmall Kraco Racing Penske
Wildcat
Cosworth
Offy
G 54 25px-AustraliaFLAG Geoff Brabham
95 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson
95/99 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon
96 USAflagsmall Tom Frantz
96/99 USAflagsmall Dick Ferguson
99 25px-Canadaflag John Cannon
25px-Mexicoflag Garza Racing Penske Cosworth G 54/55 25px-Mexicoflag Josele Garza
USAflagsmall Genesee Beer Wagon Penske Chevrolet G 56 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow
USAflagsmall Global Heat Exchanger
USAflagsmall Metro Racing Systems
USAflagsmall Nyloncraft Founder´s
McLaren Offy G 57 25px-Canadaflag Cliff Hucul
USAflagsmall Spirit of Idaho Riley Chevrolet G 63 USAflagsmall Ken Hamilton
USAflagsmall Jet Engineering Eagle Chevrolet G 64 USAflagsmall Steve Chassey
USAflagsmall Seymour Enterprises
USAflagsmall McCray Plastering
Wildcat Chevrolet G 66 USAflagsmall Roger Rager
25px-Mexicoflag Orio Trice
USAflagsmall Hamilton Racing
USAflagsmall Mergard Racing
McLaren Chevrolet G 67 USAflagsmall Phil Threshie
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Teddy Pilette
USAflagsmall Warner Hodgdon Penske Cosworth G 72/74 USAflagsmall Michael Chandler
USAflagsmall Davis Racing Wildcat Offy G 77 USAflagsmall Ross Davis
USAflagsmall Joe Hunt Magneto Eagle Chevrolet G 89 USAflagsmall Phil Krueger
USAflagsmall Duke Racing Penske Offy
Chevrolet
G 92 USAflagsmall John Mahler
25px-Mexicoflag Grupo-Acypsa Penske Offy G 93 25px-Mexicoflag Michel Jourdain
USAflagsmall Whittington Brothers Racing March Cosworth G 94 USAflagsmall Bill Whittington
USAflagsmall Vetrock Racing Eagle Chevrolet G - USAflagsmall Dean Vetrock
USAflagsmall Ohio Racing Associates Longhorn Racing Cosworth G - USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff

Full Series Results Edit

Grands Prix Edit

Rd Date Race Name Circuit City/Location Pole Position Winning driver Winning team
1 March 22 USAflagsmall Kraco Car Stereo 200 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford Chaparral
2 June 7 USAflagsmall Gould-Rex Mays 150 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Mike Mosley All American Racers
3 June 21 USAflagsmall Kraco Twin 125 (R1) Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing
4 June 21 USAflagsmall Kraco Twin 125 (R2) Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Georgia USAflagsmall Rick Mears USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing
5 July 25 USAflagsmall Norton Michigan 500 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Tom Sneva USAflagsmall Pancho Carter Alex Foods
6 August 30 USAflagsmall Los Angeles Times 500 Riverside International Raceway Riverside, California 25px-AustraliaFLAG Geoff Brabham USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing
7 September 5 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Tom Sneva Bignotti-Cotter
8 September 20 USAflagsmall Detroit News Grand Prix Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan USAflagsmall Rick Mears USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing
9 October 4 USAflagsmall Watkins Glen 150 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York USAflagsmall Mario Andretti USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing
10 October 18 25px-Mexicoflag II Copa Mexico 150 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Rick Mears Penske Racing
11 October 31 USAflagsmall Miller High Life 150 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix, Arizona USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Tom Sneva Bignotti-Cotter

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Final driver standings Edit

Pos Driver PHO
R1
USAflagsmall
MIL
R1
USAflagsmall
AMS
R1
USAflagsmall
AMS
R2
USAflagsmall
MIC
R1
USAflagsmall
RIV
INT
USAflagsmall
MIL
R2
USAflagsmall
MIC
R2
USAflagsmall
WKG
INT
USAflagsmall
MEX
CIT
25px-Mexicoflag
PHO
R2
USAflagsmall
Pts
1 USAflagsmall Rick Mears 4 1 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 8 304
2 USAflagsmall Bill Alsup 5 8 8 4 3 11 4 3 5 Ret 175
3 USAflagsmall Pancho Carter 7 Ret 5 5 1 Ret 10 Ret 15 6 5 166
4 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 6 16 4 4 Ret 2 6 5 10 3 3 142
5 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 1 6 2 3 Ret Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret Ret 120
6 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen Jr 12 7 11 2 DNS 14 10 8 11 Ret 107
7 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 2 Ret 13 6 Ret 9 3 7 Ret 15 2 99
8 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 3 4 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 96
9 USAflagsmall Bob Lazier 12 13 17 9 10 5 16 13 4 4 13 92
10 USAflagsmall Al Unser Ret 5 6 7 11 Ret 5 3 14 2 Ret 90
11 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 11 3 3 2 2 Ret 4 81
12 USAflagsmall Tom Bigelow 9 5 Ret 9 11 60
13 USAflagsmall Scott Brayton 15 11 9 10 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ 57
14 USAflagsmall Larry Dickson 10 10 12 9 Ret 12 8 7 Ret DNQ 49
15 USAflagsmall Gary Bettenhausen 6 Ret 42
16 USAflagsmall Dick Simon 10 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 38
16 USAflagsmall Herm Johnson Ret Ret 17 Ret 7 13 9 8 9 38
18 USAflagsmall Mike Chandler Ret 4 16 DNQ 37
19 USAflagsmall Mike Mosley 1 DNS Ret DNS Ret 7 Ret 32
20 USAflagsmall Steve Chassey DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 12 5 DNQ 31
21 25px-Mexicoflag Josele Garza Ret 14 12 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 18 6 30
22 USAflagsmall Phil Caliva Ret 15 8 DNS DNS DNQ 27
23 USAflagsmall Kevin Cogan 2 16 Ret Ret Ret 23
24 USAflagsmall Dick Ferguson Ret Ret 6 10 7 20
25 USAflagsmall Steve Krisiloff Ret 7 17 18
26 USAflagsmall Rocky Moran 6 16
27 25px-AustraliaFLAG Geoff Brabham 9 Ret 9 14
28 USAflagsmall Jerry Karl 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13
29 USAflagsmall Billy Engelhart 8 Ret 9 11
30 USAflagsmall Larry Cannon Ret 15 11 Ret 12 10
30 USAflagsmall Roger Rager 13 Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ 10
32 USAflagsmall Bill Tempero Ret 15 14 Ret Ret 17 15 Ret 12 DNQ 7
33 USAflagsmall Phil Krueger 14 Ret 14 16 6
33 USAflagsmall Bill Vukovich II Ret DNQ 14 Ret 6
35 USAflagsmall Gordon Smiley Ret Ret 10 5
36 USAflagsmall Jim McElreath Ret 11 DNQ 13 DNQ 4
36 USAflagsmall Ross Davis DNQ Ret DNQ DNS 16 13 DNQ 4
36 25px-AustraliaFLAG Vern Schuppan Ret Ret Ret 15 4
36 USAflagsmall Jim Buick Ret 19 Ret 16 DNS 4
40 USAflagsmall Hurley Haywood Ret 12 17 3
41 USAflagsmall Bob Frey 13 17 DNQ 2
41 USAflagsmall Spike Gehlhausen 14 13 2
41 USAflagsmall John Mahler Ret Ret Ret DNQ 2
44 USAflagsmall Jerry Sneva DNS 12 1
44 USAflagsmall Chip Mead Ret 14 1
44 25px-AustraliaFLAG Dennis Firestone Ret 1
44 USAflagsmall Johnny Parsons Ret 1
44 USAflagsmall Phil Threshie 18 1
Pos Driver PHO
R1
USAflagsmall
MIL
R1
USAflagsmall
AMS
R1
USAflagsmall
AMS
R2
USAflagsmall
MIC
R1
USAflagsmall
RIV
INT
USAflagsmall
MIL
R2
USAflagsmall
MIC
R2
USAflagsmall
WKG
INT
USAflagsmall
MEX
CIT
25px-Mexicoflag
PHO
R2
USAflagsmall
Pts

Template:Motorsport driver results legend

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit



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