1979 Arizona Republic / Jimmy Bryan 150

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1979 Phoenix 1
Race details
Race 1 of 14 in the 1979 IndyCar season
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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 Bobby Unser (Roger Penske)
Time 24.714
Podium
First Gordon Johncock (Pat Patrick)
Second Rick Mears (Roger Penske)
Third Johnny Rutherford (Bruce 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 Owner Laps Time/Retired Led Pts
1 2 20 United States Gordon Johncock Pat Patrick 150 1:15:23.016 33 300
2 5 9 United States Rick Mears Roger Penske 150 - 0 240
3 3 4 United States Johnny Rutherford Bruce McLaren 150 - 0 210
4 10 2 United States Al Unser Chaparral Cars 150 - 0 180
5 1 12 United States Bobby Unser Roger Penske 149 + 1 Lap 84 150
6 7 36 United States Mike Mosley Dan Gurney 148 + 2 Laps 0 120
7 6 40 United States Wally Dallenbach Pat Patrick 147 + 3 Laps 0 90
8 9 11 United States Tom Bagley Bobby Hillin 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 Private 143 + 7 Laps 0 45
11 21 41 United States Bill Alsup Bill Alsup 141 + 9 Laps 0 30
12 15 77 United States Salt Walther Walmotors 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 Tom Frantz 139 + 11 Laps 0 8
15 4 25 United States Danny Ongais Ted Field 128 Engine 33 8
16 11 7 United States Steve Krisiloff Fletcher Racing 63 Gearbox 0 8
17 2 1 United States Tom Sneva Jerry O'Connel 43 Engine 0 6
18 14 19 United States Spike Gehlhausen Carl Gehlhausen 12 Water Line 0 6
19 16 92 United States John Mahler Intercomp 12 Piston 0 6
20 12 10 United States Pancho Carter Alex Morales 7 Gearbox 0 6
21 20 34 Australia Vern Schuppan Herb Wysard 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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