1979 Arizona Republic / Jimmy Bryan 150

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United States   1979 Phoenix 1
Race details
Race 1 of 14 in the 1979 IndyCar season
Map of the Track
Map of the Track
Date March 11, 1979
Official name Arizona Republic / Jimmy Bryan 150
Location Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, Arizona, United States
Course Tri-Oval
1.000 mi / 1.610 km
Distance 150 laps, 150.000 mi / 241.500 km
Pole position
Driver United States Bobby Unser Team Penske
Time 24.714
Podium
First United States Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing
Second United States Rick Mears Team Penske
Third United States Johnny Rutherford Team McLaren

The 1979 Arizona Republic / Jimmy Bryan 150 was the first round of the 1979 IndyCar season, held on March 11, at Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona. It marked the debut of the new Championship Automobile Racing Teams, or CART, era of IndyCar racing.

Race[edit]

Results[edit]

Pos Sta # Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Led Pts
1 2 20 United States Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing 150 1:15:23.016 33 300
2 5 9 United States Rick Mears Team Penske 150 - 0 240
3 3 4 United States Johnny Rutherford Team McLaren 150 - 0 210
4 10 2 United States Al Unser Chaparral Cars 150 - 0 180
5 1 12 United States Bobby Unser Team Penske 149 + 1 Lap 84 150
6 7 36 United States Mike Mosley All American Racers 148 + 2 Laps 0 120
7 6 40 United States Wally Dallenbach Patrick Racing 147 + 3 Laps 0 90
8 9 11 United States Tom Bagley Longhorn Racing 145 + 5 Laps 0 75
9 17 21 United States Lee Kunzman Conqueste Racing Team 143 + 7 Laps 0 60
10 19 35 United States Larry Rice S&M Electric 143 + 7 Laps 0 45
11 21 41 United States Bill Alsup WASP Racing 141 + 9 Laps 0 30
12 15 77 United States Salt Walther Walmotor 139 + 11 Laps 0 15
13 13 69 United States Joe Saldana Hoffman Racing 139b + 11 Laps 0 8
14 18 28 United States Tom Frantz Frantz Racing 139 + 11 Laps 0 8
15 4 25 United States Danny Ongais Interscope Racing 128 Engine 33 8
16 11 7 United States Steve Krisiloff Bob Fletcher Racing 63 Gearbox 0 8
17 2 1 United States Tom Sneva Jerry O'Connel Racing 43 Engine 0 6
18 14 19 United States Spike Gehlhausen Gehlhausen Racing 12 Water Line 0 6
19 16 92 United States John Mahler Intercomp 12 Piston 0 6
20 12 10 United States Pancho Carter Morales Motorsports 7 Gearbox 0 6
21 20 34 Australia Vern Schuppan Wysard Racing 2 U-Joint 0 5

Caution flag breakdown[edit]

Condition From Lap To Lap # Of Laps Reason
Green 1 2 2
Yellow 3 6 4 Vern Schuppan off at turn 1
Green 7 14 8
Yellow 15 16 2 stalled car
Green 17 68 52
Yellow 69 76 8 debris
Green 77 128 52
Yellow 129 139 11 Danny Ongais oil on track
Green 140 150 11

16.7% of race run under caution.

Lap leader breakdown[edit]

Leader From Lap To Lap # Of Laps
Bobby Unser 1 64 64
Gordon Johncock 65 66 2
Bobby Unser 67 86 20
Danny Ongais 87 119 33
Gordon Johncock 120 150 31

Points standigs after this race[edit]

Note: Only the top ten positions are listed.

Rank Driver Points Diff
1 Gordon Johncock 300
2 Rick Mears 240 -60
3 Johnny Rutherford 210 -90
4 Al Unser 180 -120
5 Bobby Unser 150 -150
6 Mike Mosley 120 -180
7 Wally Dallenbach 90 -210
8 Tom Bagley 75 -225
9 Lee Kunzman 60 -240
10 Larry Rice 45 -255

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