1979 USAC Championship Car season

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1979 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 7
Start date March 25
End date August 12
Awards
National champion United States A. J. Foyt
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Rick Mears
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1978 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 results[edit]

All races running on Oval/Speedway.

Rnd Date Race Name Length Track Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 25 United States Datsun Twin 200 200 mi (320 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
2 April 8 United States Coors 200 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
3 May 27 United States International 500 Mile Sweepstakes 500 mi (800 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Rick MearsA United States Rick MearsA
4 June 10 United States Rex Mays Classic 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
5 June 24 United States Music 500 at Pocono 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
6 August 5 United States Lubrilon Grand Prix 200 mi (320 km) Texas World Speedway College Station, Texas United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt
7 August 12 United States Tony Bettenhausen 200 200 mi (320 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Tom Bigelow United States Roger McCluskey

^A Non-USAC driver.

Final points standings[edit]

The CART driver not eligible for points.

Pos Driver ONT
United States
TXS1
United States
INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
POC
United States
TXS2
United States
MIL2
United States
Pts
1 United States A. J. Foyt 1* 1* 2 1* 1* 1* 12* 3320
2 United States Bill Vukovich, Jr. 3 6 8 2 6 6 3 1770
3 United States Tom Bigelow 6 12 14 3 8 2 2 1305
4 United States Larry Dickson 16 3 24 4 3 11 DNQ 1225
5 United States Gary Bettenhausen 18 2 DNQ 6 9 5 6 1008
6 United States Jim McElreath 9 14 35 2 9 DNQ 975
7 United States Jerry Sneva 21 13 31 5 4 12 10 851
8 United States Dick Simon 7 26 13 5 7 17 766
9 United States Roger McCluskey 12 13 17 14 4 1 716
10 United States Sheldon Kinser 4 8 28 15 15 3 14 673
11 Canada Cliff Hucul 5 4 29 7 11 16 19 653
12 United States Howdy Holmes 7 7 600
13 United States Johnny Parsons, Jr. 2 16 32 14 21 4 598
14 United States George Snider 8 5 33 18 25 11 361
15 United States Janet Guthrie DNQ 34 19 5 225
16 Canada Frank Weiss 20 DNQ 8 23 7 218
17 United States Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. 9 DNQ 9 13 13 15 185
18 United States Dana Carter 10 DNQ 11 22 10 165
19 United States Phil Threshie 17 16 16 8 153
20 United States Al Loquasto DNQ 10 150
21 United States Todd Gibson 14 7 DNQ 130
22 United States Jerry Karl DNS 10 DNQ 12 17 14 18 113
23 United States Herm Johnson 8 100
24 Canada Eldon Rasmussen 11 15 23 20 85
25 United States Jerry Miller DNQ 9 80
26 United States Roger Rager DNQ 10 DNP 15 16 65
27 United States Dick Fergusson 17 11 DSQ 48
28 United States John Martin 15 DNQ 18 30
29 United States Bob Harkey 19 DNQ 24 23
30 United States Bill Puterbaugh DNQ 19 13 10
31 United States Ken Nichols 13 10
32 United States Jan Sneva DNQ 20 8
- United States Rick Mears 1 0
- United States Mike Mosley 3 0
- United States Danny Ongais 4 12 0
- United States Bobby Unser 5* 0
- United States Gordon Johncock 6 0
- United States Tom Bagley 9 0
- United States Spike Gehlhausen 10 0
- United States Steve Krisiloff 11 0
- United States Salt Walther 12 0
- United States Tom Sneva 15 0
- United States Joe Saldana 16 0
- United States Johnny Rutherford 18 0
- United States Larry Rice 19 0
- United States Pancho Carter 20 0
- Australia Vern Schuppan 21 0
- United States Al Unser 22 0
- United States John Mahler 25 0
- United States Wally Dallenbach 27 0
- United States Lee Kunzman 30 0
- United States Larry McCoy DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bill Alsup DNQ 0
- United States Neil Bonnett DNQ 0
- United States Earle Canavan DNQ 0
- United States Larry Cannon DNQ 0
- United States Bill Engelhart DNQ 0
- United States Ed Finley DNQ 0
- United States Woody Fisher DNQ 0
- United States Tom Frantz DNQ 0
- United States Hurley Haywood DNQ 0
- United States Jim Hurtubise DNQ 0
- United States Jan Opperman DNQ 0
- United States Billy Scott DNQ 0
- United States Blaine Sneva DNQ 0
- United States Jim Putnam DNP 0
Pos Driver ONT
United States
TXS1
United States
INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
POC
United States
TXS2
United States
MIL2
United States
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

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