IROC VII

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1979-80 International Race of Champions season
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Bobby Allison (seen in 2007), the IROC VII champion

The seventh year of IROC competition took place in 1979 and 1980. The format carried over from IROC VI in that three qualifying races were held for participants from NASCAR, CART, 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 VII used the Chevrolet Camaro in all races, and this would be the final year for the series before it went on hiatus until 1984. Bobby Allison won the oval finale en route to the championship, and took home $75,000 for his efforts.

The final points standings were as follows: [1]

Position Driver Points Winnings Series
1 United States Bobby Allison 41 $75,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
2 United States Darrell Waltrip 32 $35,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
3 United States Rick Mears 31 $22,000 CART
4 United States Gordon Johncock 26 $21,000 CART
5 United States Mario Andretti 25 $20,000 Formula One
USAC Champ Car
6 United States Johnny Rutherford 24 $19,000 CART
7 United States Neil Bonnett 20 $18,000 NASCAR Winston Cup
8 United States Don Whittington 15 $17,000 IMSA Camel GT
9 United States Bobby Unser 14 $15,500 CART
10 United States Buddy Baker 14 $15,500 NASCAR Winston Cup
11 United States Peter Gregg 11 $15,000 IMSA Camel GT
12 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni 9 $15,500 Formula One

Race results[edit]

Qualifying Races[edit]

NASCAR Qualifying Race, Michigan International Speedway[edit]

  1. Neil Bonnett
  2. Bobby Allison
  3. Darrell Waltrip
  4. Buddy Baker
  5. Cale Yarborough
  6. Benny Parsons
  7. Dale Earnhardt
  8. Donnie Allison

CART Qualifying Race, Michigan International Speedway[edit]

  1. Gordon Johncock
  2. Bobby Unser
  3. Rick Mears
  4. Johnny Rutherford
  5. Wally Dallenbach
  6. Mike Mosley
  7. Tom Sneva
  8. Danny Ongais

Road Racing Qualifying Race, Riverside International Raceway[edit]

  1. Mario Andretti
  2. Peter Gregg
  3. Don Whittington
  4. Clay Regazzoni
  5. Alan Jones
  6. John Watson
  7. Keke Rosberg
  8. Emerson Fittipaldi

Final Races[edit]

Road Racing Final, Riverside International Raceway[edit]

  1. Darrell Waltrip
  2. Bobby Allison
  3. Mario Andretti
  4. Rick Mears
  5. Gordon Johncock
  6. Johnny Rutherford
  7. Neil Bonnett
  8. Buddy Baker
  9. Bobby Unser
  10. Clay Regazzoni
  11. Peter Gregg
  12. Don Whittington

Oval Final, Atlanta Motor Speedway[edit]

  1. Bobby Allison
  2. Rick Mears
  3. Johnny Rutherford
  4. Gordon Johncock
  5. Don Whittington
  6. Darrell Waltrip
  7. Neil Bonnett
  8. Mario Andretti
  9. Buddy Baker
  10. Bobby Unser
  11. Peter Gregg
  12. Clay Regazzoni

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