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1978-79 International Race of Champions season
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Mario Andretti won the IROC VI championship

The sixth year of IROC competition took place in 1978 and 1979. The format changed from IROC V in that three qualifying races were held for participants from NASCAR, USAC Champ Car, and Road Racing (which primarily consisted of Formula One, SCCA, and IMSA). The top four finishers in these qualifying races then earned the chance to race in the two final races at Riverside International Raceway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. IROC VI used the Chevrolet Camaro in all races. Mario Andretti won the road racing finale en route to the championship, and took home $75,000 for his efforts.

The final points standings were as follows: [1]

Position Driver Winnings Series
1 United States Mario Andretti $75,000 Formula One
USAC Champ Car
2 United States Neil Bonnett $28,500 NASCAR Winston Cup
3 United States Cale Yarborough $28,500 NASCAR Winston Cup
4 United States Bobby Allison $21,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
5 Australia Alan Jones $20,000 Formula One
6 United States Gordon Johncock $19,000 USAC Champ Car
7 United States Tom Sneva $18,000 USAC Champ Car
8 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi $17,000 Formula One
9 United States Peter Gregg $16,000 IMSA Camel GT
10 United States Donnie Allison $15,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
11 United States Al Unser $15,000 USAC Champ Car
12 United States A. J. Foyt $0 USAC Champ Car

Race results[edit]

Qualifying Races[edit]

NASCAR Qualifying Race, Michigan International Speedway[edit]

  1. Bobby Allison
  2. Cale Yarborough
  3. Donnie Allison
  4. Neil Bonnett
  5. David Pearson
  6. Benny Parsons
  7. Dave Marcis
  8. Darrell Waltrip

USAC Champ Car Qualifying Race, Michigan International Speedway[edit]

  1. A. J. Foyt
  2. Al Unser
  3. Gordon Johncock
  4. Tom Sneva
  5. Danny Ongais
  6. Johnny Rutherford
  7. Rick Mears
  8. Bobby Unser

Road Racing Qualifying Race, Riverside International Raceway[edit]

  1. Peter Gregg
  2. Emerson Fittipaldi
  3. Mario Andretti
  4. Alan Jones
  5. David Hobbs
  6. Patrick Depailler
  7. John Watson
  8. Niki Lauda

Final Races[edit]

Road Racing Final, Riverside International Raceway[edit]

  1. Mario Andretti
  2. Cale Yarborough
  3. Bobby Allison
  4. Alan Jones
  5. Emerson Fittipaldi
  6. Gordon Johncock
  7. Neil Bonnett
  8. Tom Sneva
  9. Peter Gregg
  10. Donnie Allison
  11. Al Unser
  12. A. J. Foyt

Oval Final, Atlanta Motor Speedway[edit]

  1. Neil Bonnett
  2. Mario Andretti
  3. Bobby Allison
  4. Cale Yarborough
  5. Tom Sneva
  6. Gordon Johncock
  7. Peter Gregg
  8. Alan Jones
  9. Emerson Fittipaldi
  10. Al Unser
  11. Donnie Allison


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