1980 USAC Championship Car season

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1980 USAC Championship Car season
Chaparral 2K.jpg
Champion: Johnny Rutherford
Championship Racing League
Season
Races 5
Start date April 13
End date July 13
Awards
National champion United States Johnny Rutherford
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Johnny Rutherford
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1979 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 results[edit]

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 Location Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 13 United States Datsun Twin 200 200 mi (320 km) Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford
2 May 26 United States Indianapolis 500-Mile Race 500 mi (800 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford
3 June 8 United States Gould Rex Mays Classic 150 mi (240 km) Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin United States Gordon Johncock United States Bobby Unser
4 June 22 United States True Value 500 500 mi (800 km) Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser
5 July 13 United States Red Roof Inns 150 150 mi (240 km) Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio United States Al Unser United States Johnny Rutherford
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

The withdrawn races: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 standings[edit]

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