1980 CART PPG Indy Car World Series

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1980 CART season
PPG Indy Car World Series
Chaparral 2K.jpg
Champion: Johnny Rutherford
Season
Races12
Start dateApril 13
End dateNovember 8
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Johnny Rutherford
Constructors' CupUnited States Penske
Manufacturers' CupUnited Kingdom Cosworth
Nations' CupUnited States United States
Rookie of the YearUnited States Dennis Firestone
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Johnny Rutherford
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1981 →

The 1980 CART PPG Indy Car World Series season was the second in the CART era of U.S. open-wheel racing. It consisted of twelve races, beginning in Ontario, California on April 13 and concluding in Avondale, Arizona on November 8. The PPG Indy Car World Series Drivers' Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Johnny Rutherford. Rookie of the Year was Dennis Firestone. The entire season, including the 64th Indianapolis 500, was to be co-sanctioned by both the USAC and CART under the banner of the Championship Racing League (CRL). However, USAC withdrew from the arrangement after five races.

The season-opening race at Phoenix, set for March 2, was cancelled due to local flooding and washed out roads.

Johnny Rutherford in Jim Hall's Chaparral 2K ground effects chassis dominated the season. Rutherford won five races, including a dominating performance at the 1980 Indianapolis 500. Rutherford finished in the top five in the first ten races, pulling out to a commanding and unmatchable points lead. Rutherford started the season out by finishing 1st or 2nd in the first six races, and ended with a total of eight finished of 1st or 2nd. Rutherford's season was not without incident, however. In the final race of the season at Phoenix, while battling Tom Sneva for the lead, Rutherford tangled with a lapped car, hit the wall, then flipped over. The car landed upside-down hard on its rollbar, but Rutherford was not seriously injured.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed for the 1980 CART World Series.

Team/Car Owner Chassis Engine # Drivers Rounds
United States Team Penske Penske Cosworth 1 United States Rick Mears All
11 United States Bobby Unser All
12 United States Mario Andretti 2, 4, 10, 12
61 United States Tom Gloy 5, 9-10
United States Leader Card Racing Watson (2-4, 8-10, 12)

Eagle (1)

Offenhauser 2 United States Billy Vukovich II 2-4, 9-10, 12
United States Sheldon Kinser 8
Watson Offenhauser (1, 7)

Cosworth (All other races)

24 United States Sheldon Kinser All except 8
United States Billy Vukovich II 8
United States AMI Racing Lola (2, 4)

Orbiter (3)

McLaren (8)

Cosworth 7 United States Jerry Sneva 2-4, 8
Orbiter (3-10)

Lola (12)

Cosworth 43 United States Tom Bigelow 4, 8
United States Howdy Holmes 3-7
United States Jerry Sneva 9
United States Danny Ongais 10
United States Greg Leffler 12
Lola Cosworth 44 United States Greg Leffler 2, 4, 9-10
Wildcat (All except 1, 11-12)

Orbiter (12)

DGS (All except 1, 9, and 11-12)

Offenhauser (11)

Cosworth (12)

46 United States Gary Bettenhausen All except 1 and 11
United States Chaparral Cars Chaparral Cosworth 4 United States Johnny Rutherford All
United States Longhorn Racing Longhorn Cosworth 5 United States Al Unser All
United States Jerry O'Connell Racing McLaren Cosworth 7 United States Tom Sneva 1
McLaren (All except 1, 8, 10, 12)

Phoenix (8, 10, 12)

9 United States Tom Sneva 2-12
McLaren 89 Australia Vern Schuppan 2
United States Vollstedt Enterprises Vollstedt Offenhauser 8 United States Dick Simon All except 1, 10, 12
12 United States Dick Simon 12
United States Morales Motorsports Penske (All except 4)

Lightning (4)

Cosworth 10 United States Pancho Carter All
United States Gilmore Racing Parnelli Cosworth 14 United States A. J. Foyt 1-2, 4
16 United States George Snider 2, 4
United States Tempero Racing Eagle Chevrolet 15 United States Bill Tempero 1
65 United States Bill Tempero All except 1, 4
United States Lindsey Hopkins Racing Lightning Offenhauser (2)

Chevrolet (10)

Cosworth (9)

15 United States Johnny Parsons 2, 9-10
Chevrolet 51 United States Johnny Parsons 4, 6
Cosworth 55 United States Janet Guthrie 2-3
Chevrolet 99 United States Hurley Haywood 2
United States McElreath Racing Eagle Offenhauser 16 United States Jim McElreath 11
Penske Cosworth 23 United States Jim McElreath 2, 7-8
United States Rhoades Competition Penske Cosworth 18 Australia Dennis Firestone 2, 4, 6, 9-12
McLaren Offenhauser 19 United States Dana Carter 2
Eagle Ram X United States Larry Rice 12
United States Patrick Racing Wildcat (1-2, 6)

Phoenix (All except 1-2, 6)

Cosworth 20 United States Gordon Johncock All
Penske (1)

Wildcat (2, 4, 6, 9-10)

Phoenix (3, 5, 7-8, 11-12)

40 United States Tom Bagley All
Penske 60 United States Gordon Smiley 1
Phoenix 70 United States Gordon Smiley 2
United States Mach I Racing Penske (2-6, 8)

Eagle (9)

Cosworth (2-6, 8)

Chevrolet (9)

21 United States Tim Richmond 2-6
United States Mike Mosley 8-9
United States Davis Racing Wildcat Offenhauser 22 United States Ross Davis 1
United States Sanett Racing Penske Cosworth 23 United States Dick Ferguson 1
26 United States Dick Ferguson 2
United States Interscope Racing Parnelli Cosworth 25 United States Danny Ongais All except 1, 8, 10, and 12
United States Menard Racing Lightning Offenhauser 28 United States Herm Johnson All except 5-7
United States Beaudoin Racing McLaren Cosworth 29 United States Billy Engelhart 2-4, 8-9, 12
United States Machinists Union Racing IAM Donovan (2-4, 6)

DGS (8)

Chevrolet (9, 12)

30 United States Phil Threshie 2-4, 6, 8
United States Larry Dickson 9, 12
United States Medlin Racing Eagle Offenhauser 32 United States Tony Bettenhausen Jr 2-4
United States Wysard Racing Wildcat (1-2, 4-5, 7)

McLaren (9, 12)

Offenhauser (1)

DGS (2, 4-5, 7)

Cosworth (9, 12)

34 United States Pete Halsmer 1-2, 12
Australia Vern Schuppan 4-5, 7, 9
United States Bob Fletcher Racing Penske
Cosworth 35 United States Spike Gehlhausen 2, 4, 6, 8-9
United States Gordon Smiley 10-11
55 United States Spike Gehlhausen 1
United States J J Enterprises Wildcat DGS 36 United States John Martin 5
DGS (2, 6, 8-9)

Cosworth (4)

37 United States John Martin 2, 4, 6, 8-9
United States Pacific Coast Racing Penske Cosworth 38 United States Rick Muther 1
82 United States Rick Muther 2-3, 5-7, 9
Lightning Offenhauser 86 United States Al Loquasto 2, 4
United States Jeff Heywood 9
United States Karl Racing McLaren (2, 4-6)
Gerhardt (3)
Karl (7-9, 11-12)
Chevrolet 38 United States Jerry Karl All except 1, 10
United States Alsup Racing Penske Cosworth 41 United States Bill Alsup All
McLaren Offenhauser 47 Italy Phil Caliva 1-2, 4-5, 9, 11
United States Mergard Racing Eagle Offenhauser 42 United States John Wood 1-2, 4-5, 8
United States All American Racers Eagle Cosworth (1)

Chevrolet (2, 4)

48 United States Mike Mosley 1-2, 4
United States BFM Enterprises Antares Offenhauser 50 United States Jan Sneva 1
Manta United States Rich Vogler 2
United States Dick Ferguson 3
 Milt Harper 4
Mexico Garza Racing Penske Cosworth 55 Mexico Josele Garza 12
United States Hurtubise Racing Mallard Offenhauser 56 United States Jim Hurtubise 2
United States Frantz Racing McLaren Cosworth 57 United States Tom Frantz 2
United States Hoffman Racing Lightning Offenhauser 59 United States Lee Kunzman 2
United States Joe Saldana 4-6, 8, 10
Penske Cosworth 69 United States Joe Saldana 1-2
Eagle Offenhauser United States Bob Frey 10
Spyder Offenhauser 79 United States Bob Frey 4
United States Rager Racing Wildcat Chevrolet 66 United States Roger Rager All except 1, 3, 7, and 10
Canada Rasmussen Racing Rascar Foyt 67 United States Bob Harkey 2
Canada Buddie Boys 4
McLaren Offenhauser 68 Canada Frank Weiss 2
United States Vetrock Racing Eagle Offenhauser 71 United States Dean Vetrock 8
United States Hodgdon Racing McLaren Cosworth 72 United States Roger Mears 1
United States Michael Chandler 9
United States Stanton Racing Penske Cosworth 75 United States Ron Shuman 1-2
United States O'Hanlon Racing March Chevrolet 75 United States Bruce Hill 3
McLaren Cosworth United States Lee Kunzman 5
McLaren Cosworth 81 Canada Cliff Hucul 3
United States Lee Kunzman 4
United States Jerry Sneva 10, 12
United States Spike Gehlhausen 11
United States Walmotor Penske Cosworth United States Salt Walther 2
77 United States Salt Walther 6
United States RP Racing X X 80 United States Larry Dickson 2
United States Woodward Racing McLaren Cosworth (9)

Chevrolet (6)

81 United States Dick Ferguson 6, 9
United States Shade Tree Racing Eagle Offenhauser 85 Mexico Michel Jourdain 11-12
Mexico Pronosticos Deportivos Penske Cosworth 88 Mexico Daniel Muñiz 11
United States Intercomp Finley (2)

Eagle (9)

Offenhauser 91 United States John Mahler 2
United States Chip Mead 9
Eagle (3)

Penske (5, 7-9, 11)

92 United States John Mahler 3, 5, 7-9, 11
Mexico Ovaciones Penske Cosworth 91 Mexico Juan Carlos Bolaños 11
United States Whittington Bros. Racing Parnelli Cosworth 94 United States Bill Whittington 2
Penske 96 United States Don Whittington, Jr. 2, 4
United States Cannon Racing Wildcat DGS (1-2, 6-7, 9-12)
Offenhauser (3-5, 8)
95 United States Larry Cannon All except 1 and 11.
United StatesGrant King Racing King Chevrolet 86 United States Roger Mears 5
97 United States Roger Mears 2, 7-8
United States Billie Harvey 3
United States Jim McElreath 4
United States Jerry Miller 12
98 United States Bob Harkey 4
United States Tony Bettenhausen Jr 5, 7

Notable team and driver changes[edit]

Notable equipment changes[edit]

  • Longhorn Racing switches from a Penske chassis to its own Longhorn.
  • Morales Motorsports switches from a Lightning chassis to a used Penske.
  • Patrick Racing switches from a Penske to Phoenix chassis.
  • Bob Fletcher Racing switches from a Lightning to Penske chassis.
  • Alsup Racing switches from a McLaren to Penske chassis and from an Offenhauser to Cosworth engine.

Season Summary[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Rd Date Name Circuit Location
- March 2 Arizona Republic/Jimmy Bryan 150  O  Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona
1 April 13 United States Datsun Twin 200  O  Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California
2 May 25 United States Indianapolis 500  O  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Indiana
3 June 8 United States Gould Rex Mays Classic  O  Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
4 June 22 United States True Value 500  O  Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pennsylvania
5 July 13 United States Red Roof Inns 150  R  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
6 July 20 United States Norton 200  O  Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
7 August 3 United States Kent Oil 150  R  Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, New York
8 August 10 United States Tony Bettenhausen 200  O  Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
9 August 31 United States California 500  O  Ontario Motor Speedway Ontario, California
10 September 20 United States Gould Grand Prix  O  Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan
11 October 26 Mexico I Copa México 150  R  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Mexico City, Mexico
12 November 8 United States Miller High Life 150  O  Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona

- The Phoenix race was scheduled for March 2, but cancelled due to flooding.

O Oval/Speedway
R Road Course/Street Circuit

Race summaries[edit]

Race 1: Datsun Twin 200

For the opening race of the year, Johnny Rutherford qualified on the pole, with Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Rick Mears, and Tom Sneva making up the rest of the top five starters.

Johnny Rutherford led the first eight laps, before Bobby Unser caught and passed in lap traffic. [1] However, while leading on lap 14, he suffered a cracked radiator and dropped out. This moved Rutherford back in front, and he was mostly uncontested for the remainder of the race as most challengers had problems. Rick Mears dropped out due to electrical issues while running second. Pancho Carter moved up to second,[1] but he dropped out with fuel pump problems, followed by Al Unser dropping out on lap 45 with a broken transmission. With most of his competition out, Rutherford cruised to an easy victory over Tom Sneva. Gordon Johncock finished third, Spike Gehlhausen fourth, and Tom Bagley fifth.

Race 2: Indianapolis 500

Race 3: Rex Mays Classic

Gordon Johncock qualified on the pole, with Johnny Rutherford starting second, Al Unser starting third, Rick Mears starting fourth, and Bobby Unser rounding out the top five starters.

In the race Rutherford jumped out to the lead on lap 7, and controlled most of the next 50 laps before Gordon Johncock took the lead on lap 55. 60 laps later, under the fourth caution of the day, Al Unser, who was running in second had an engine failure and dropped out.[2] This moved his brother Bobby Unser into second, and on the restart he managed to catch and pass Johncock for the lead, holding on to win. Johnny Rutherford rose to second, Gordon Johncock ended up third, Pancho Carter finished fourth, and Rick Mears fifth.

With his second place, Rutherford now had a 400 point lead over second place Tom Sneva, with Gordon Johncock 550 points back in third, Gary Bettenhausen 925 points back in fourth, and Rick Mears 984 points behind in fifth.

Race 4: True Value 500

Bobby Unser won the pole, with A.J. Foyt starting second, Mario Andretti starting third, Mike Mosley starting in fourth, and Johnny Rutherford starting fifth.

In the race, A.J. Foyt took the lead on the first lap, and led most of the first half of the race, giving up the lead only for pit shuffling. The first caution came on lap 11, when Al Loquasto lost a wheel and Dennis Firestone wrecked in the same part of the track.[3] The second caution came on lap 26, after Howdy Holmes lost control, Jim McElreath slowed and Roger Rager hit the rear of his car.[3]

While leading on lap 82, Foyt encountered a bad valve, and dropped out. This gave the lead to Bobby Unser, who led most of the rest of the race. Johnny Rutherford led 1 lap due to pit stop shuffling,[4] followed by 5 laps under caution after Pancho Carter spun,[5] but when the green flag flew after a caution on lap 165, Unser pulled away. Rutherford's hopes of winning ended with 20 laps to go when his engine stalled in the pits, allowing Unser to win the race by a wide margin over Rutherford. Tom Sneva finished third, Bill Alsup fourth, and Vern Schuppan fifth. Most other stars were taken out due to attrition. Al Unser was never a factor and dropped out with handling problems on lap 35. Mike Mosley broke a piston while running in third on lap 46,[3] Danny Ongais dropped out with clutch problems on lap 100, Mario Andretti was sidelined with a broken transmission on lap 105, and Rick Mears blew his engine on lap 163.

Johnny Rutherford extended his lead to 500 points over Tom Sneva, with Bobby Unser rising to third, 1114 points behind, Gordon Johncock, who didn't enter, falling to fourth, 1350 points back, and Pancho Carter rising to fifth, 1452 points behind.

Race 5: Red Roof Inns 250

Al Unser qualified on the pole, followed by brother Bobby Unser in second, Rick Mears in third, Johnny Rutherford in fourth, and Danny Ongais rounding out the top five starters.

The start of the race was problematic. Starter Duane Sweeney didn't give the green flag when the pace car pulled off as the back rows were strung out, but the field got going anyway, with Al Unser spinning off track in the first turn. Two laps later they got back in two-by-two order for the official start.[6] Danny Ongais and Sheldon Kinser didn't make it to the green flag, with Ongais having ignition problems and Kinser a blown engine. On the first lap, Tim Richmond spun off course and was hit by John Wood.

Bobby Unser jumped out to the lead after his brother spun, and led the first 12 laps, But he encountered a valve problem while leading and dropped out. Rick Mears then took the lead, and throughout the next 20 laps dueled with Johnny Rutherford.[6] After a poor pit stop by Rutherford, Mears had a 20 second lead, but due to heat exhaustion lost concentration and spun out while leading on lap 47. This gave the lead to Rutherford, with Mears's day ending on lap 54 after Rick Muther spun out and Mears hit him. This brought out the caution, allowing second place Gordon Johncock to close. But when the green flew, Rutherford pulled away and won, a rare road course win. Bill Alsup finished third, Roger Mears fourth, and Vern Schuppan fifth. Polesitter Al Unser lost a lap due to an unscheduled pit stop, and dropped out with suspension problems while running fifth.

Rutherford now had a 770 point lead over Tom Sneva, who had crashed out. Bobby Unser was third, 1406 points back, Gordon Johncock fourth, 1410 points back, and Pancho Carter fifth, 1662 points back.

Race Results[edit]

Rd Race Pole Position Winning driver Winning team Race time Report
1 United States Datsun Twin 200 United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars 1:14:03 Report
2 United States Indianapolis 500-Mile Race United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars 3:29:59 Report
3 United States Gould Rex Mays Classic 150 United States Gordon Johncock United States Bobby Unser Team Penske 1:19:48 Report
4 United States True Value 500 United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser Team Penske 3:18:04 Report
5 United States Red Roof Inns 150 United States Al Unser United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars 1:48:04 Report
6 United States Norton 200 United States Bobby Unser United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars 1:20:48 Report
7 United States Kent Oil 150 United States Al Unser United States Bobby Unser Team Penske 1:30:51 Report
8 United States Tony Bettenhausen 200 United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars 1:54:13 Report
9 United States California 500 United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser Team Penske 3:11:51 Report
10 United States Gould Grand Prix 150 United States Mario Andretti United States Mario Andretti Team Penske 0:53:44 Report
11 Mexico I Copa México 150 United States Bobby Unser United States Rick Mears Team Penske 1:16:43 Report
12 United States Miller High Life 150 United States Mario Andretti United States Tom Sneva Jerry O'Connell Racing 1:30:04 Report
  • 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 sanction by USAC. The union dissolved after the Mid-Ohio race. CART sanctioned the seven remaining races on the schedule and combined the results of those along with the CRL events for their championship.

Final driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver ONT
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
MIC
United States
WGL
United States
MIL
United States
ONT
United States
MIC
United States
MXS
Mexico
PHX
United States
Pts
1 United States Johnny Rutherford 1 1 2 2 1 1 5 1 2 4 10 13 4,723
2 United States Bobby Unser 23 19 1 1 15 2 1 3 1 2 2 DNQ 3,714
3 United States Tom Sneva 2 2 6 3 11 6 4 16 26 6 4 1 2,930
4 United States Rick Mears 21 5 5 12 9 4 2 2 3 3 1 7 2,866
5 United States Pancho Carter 18 6 4 6 7 3 7 22 7 7 22 19 1,855
6 United States Gordon Johncock 3 4 3 DNQ 2 5 21 23 23 24 19 24 1,572
7 United States Bill Alsup 7 DNQ 9 4 3 10 8 21 16 10 16 21 1,214
8 United States Al Unser 16 27 20 24 13 7 19 13 4 5 3 15 1,153
9 United States Gary Bettenhausen 3 12 33 20 9 11 WD 31 19 3 1,057
10 Australia Vern Schuppan DNQ 5 5 18 10 806
11 United States Tom Bagley 5 28 23 29 DNS 8 6 4 15 8 18 16 794
12 Australia Dennis Firestone  RY  16 30 14 6 26 5 5 743
13 United States Sheldon Kinser 13 DNQ 11 7 24 16 20 17 12 14 7 4 697
14 United States Tom Gloy 6 5 9 680
15 United States Danny Ongais 7 24 18 23 21 3 19 11 24 601
16 United States Mario Andretti 20 17 1 2 580
17 United States Spike Gehlhausen 4 29 DNQ 12 5 33 25 473
18 United States Roger Rager 23 26 8 24 8 11 11 10 381
19 United States Rick Muther 24 DNQ 18 10 25 10 8 356
20 United States Bill Tempero  R  17 DNQ 16 17 17 15 6 18 16 8 11 331
21 United States Dick Ferguson 8 31 DNQ 13 9 315
22 United States Howdy Holmes DNQ 15 8 14 11 13 314
23 United States Larry Cannon 33 DNQ 9 DNQ 20 DNQ 24 22 9 18 299
24 United States Herm Johnson 14 DNQ 17 11 11 13 13 14 8 272
24 United States Roger Mears 9 DNQ 4 16 26 272
26 United States Tom Bigelow 8 14 260
27 United States Billy Engelhart 11 10 13 10 28 17 246
28 United States Jim McElreath 24 27 12 9 6 240
29 United States Jerry Karl 21 14 15 18 15 9 24 27 12 9 215
30 United States Tim Richmond 9 DNQ DNQ 21 26 209
31 United States Dick Simon 22 13 21 DNS 18 17 7 37 23 25 185
32 United States Greg Leffler  R  10 DNQ 20 15 20 184
33 United States Gordon Smiley  R  6 25 20 DNQ 176
34 United States Lee Kunzman DNQ 10 DNQ 150
35 United States Jerry Sneva 17 8 14 25 36 12 23 149
36 United States Pete Halsmer  R  20 DNQ 6 128
37 United States Billy Vukovich II 12 21 28 19 34 25 12 96
38 Canada Cliff Hucul 7 90
39 United States Phil Caliva 15 DNQ 16 12 21 21 70
40 United States Jan Sneva 10 DNQ 60
41 United States John Martin DNQ 20 16 19 15 25 56
41 United States Mike Mosley 19 32 23 20 17 56
43 United States Joe Saldana 25 DNQ 22 DNQ 23 12 21 50
44 United States A. J. Foyt DNS 14 19 45
45 United States Ron Shuman 11 DNQ 40
46 United States Johnny Parsons 26 DNQ 22 22 23 36
47 United States John Mahler DNQ DNQ 19 14 18 30 13 35
48 United States Don Whittington, Jr. 13 DNQ 25
48 United States John Wood  R  12 DNQ DNQ 22 DNQ 25
48 United States Mike Chandler  R  14 25
48 United States George Snider 15 DNQ 25
52 United States Hurley Haywood 18 20
53 United States Phil Threshie DNQ 22 25 DNQ DNQ 15
54 United States Larry Dickson DNQ 35 22 10
55 Mexico Daniel Muñiz  R  15 8
55 United States Jerry Miller 14 8
57 United States Billie Harvey 19 6
57 United States Bob Frey  R  DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 6
57 Mexico Juan Carlos Bolaños  R  17 6
57 Mexico Michel Jourdain Sr. 18 DNQ 6
57 United States Ross Davis 22 DNQ 6
57 United States Salt Walther DNQ 18 6
63 United States Al Loquasto DNQ 31 5
63 United States Bill Whittington 30 5
63 United States Chip Mead  R  29 5
63 United States Tony Bettenhausen Jr. DNQ DNQ 32 DNQ DNQ 5
63 United States Jeff Heywood  R  32 5
Pos Driver ONT
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
MIC
United States
WGL
United States
MIL
United States
ONT
United States
MIC
United States
MXS
Mexico
PHX
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
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

Driver Breakdown[edit]

Pos Driver Team/Car Owner Starts Wins Podiums Top 5s Top 10s Poles Points
1 United States Rutherford United States Chaparral Cars 12 5 8 10 10 3 4,723
2 United States B. Unser United States Team Penske 11 4 8 8 8 3 3,714
3 United States T. Sneva United States Jerry O'Connell Racing 12 1 4 6 9 0 2,930
4 United States Ri. Mears United States Team Penske 12 1 5 8 9 0 2,866
5 United States Carter United States Morales Motorsports 12 0 1 2 8 0 1,855
6 United States Johncock United States Patrick Racing 11 0 3 5 5 1 1,572
7 United States Alsup United States Alsup Racing 11 0 1 2 7 0 1,214
8 United States A. Unser United States Longhorn Racing 12 0 1 3 4 2 1,153
9 United States G. Bettenhausen United States AMI Racing 9 0 2 2 3 0 1,149
10 Australia Schuppan United States Jerry O'Connell Racing

United StatesWysard Racing

4 0 0 2 3 0 806
11 United States Bagley United States Patrick Racing 11 0 0 2 5 0 794
12 Australia Firestone United States Rhoades Competition 6 0 0 2 3 0 743
13 United States Kinser United States Leader Card Racing 11 0 0 1 3 0 697
14 United States Gloy United States Team Penske 3 0 0 1 3 0 680
15 United States Ongais United States Interscope Racing
United States AMI Racing
9 0 0 1 2 0 601
16 United States Andretti United States Team Penske 4 1 2 2 2 3 580
17 United States Gehlhausen United States Bob Fletcher Racing 6 0 0 2 2 0 473
18 United States Rager United States Rager Racing 8 0 0 0 2 0 381
19 United States Muther United States Pacific Coast Racing 6 0 0 0 2 0 356
20 United States Tempero United States Tempero Racing 10 0 0 0 2 0 331
21 United States Ferguson United States Sanett Racing 4 0 0 0 2 0 315
22 United States Holmes United States AMI Racing 5 0 0 0 1 0 314
23 United States Cannon United States Cannon Racing 7 0 0 0 2 0 299
24 United States Johnson United States Menard Racing 8 0 0 0 1 0 272
24 United States Ro. Mears United States Hodgdon Racing

United States Agajanian-Grant King Racers

4 0 0 1 2 0 272
26 United States Bigelow United States AMI Racing 2 0 0 0 1 0 260
27 United States Engelhart United States Beaudoin Racing 6 0 0 0 2 0 246
28 United States McElreath United States McElreath Racing 5 0 0 0 2 0 240
29 United States Karl United States Karl Racing 10 0 0 0 1 0 215
30 United States Richmond United States Mach I Racing 3 0 0 0 1 0 209
31 United States Simon United States Vollstedt Enterprises 10 0 0 0 1 0 185
32 United States Leffler United States AMI Racing 4 0 0 0 1 0 184
33 United States Smiley United States Patrick Racing

United States Bob Fletcher Racing

3 0 0 0 1 0 176
34 United States Kunzman United States O'Hanlon Racing 1 0 0 0 1 0 150
35 United States Je. Sneva United States AMI Racing

United States O'Hanlon Racing

7 0 0 0 1 0 149
36 United States Halsmer United States Wysard Racing 2 0 0 0 1 0 128
37 United States Vukovich United States Leader Card Racing 7 0 0 0 0 0 96
38 Canada Hucul United States O'Hanlon Racing 1 0 0 0 1 0 90
39 Italy Caliva United States Alsup Racing 5 0 0 0 0 0 70
40 United States Ja. Sneva United States BFM Enterprises

United States Walmotor

1 0 0 0 1 0 60
41 United States Martin United States JJ Enterprises 5 0 0 0 0 0 56
41 United States Mosley United States All American Racers

United States Mach I Racing

5 0 0 0 0 0 56
43 United States Saldana United States Hoffman Racing 5 0 0 0 0 0 50
44 United States Foyt United States Gilmore Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 45
45 United States Shuman United States Stanton Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 40
46 United States Parsons United States Lindsey Hopkins Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 36
47 United States Mahler United States Intercomp 5 0 0 0 0 0 35
48 United States D. Whittington United States Whittington Bros. Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 25
48 United States Wood United States Mergard Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 25
48 United States Chandler United States Hodgdon Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 25
48 United States Snider United States Gilmore Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 25
52 United States Haywood United States Linsey Hopkins Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 20
53 United States Threshie United States Machinists Union Racing 2 0 0 0 0 0 15
54 United States Dickson United States Machinists Union 2 0 0 0 0 0 10
55 Mexico Muñiz Mexico Pronosticos Deportivos 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
55 United States Miller United States Agajanian-Grant King Racers 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
57 United States Harvey United States Agajanian-Grant King Racers 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
57 United States Frey United States Hoffman Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
57 Mexico Bolaños Mexico Ovaciones 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
57 Mexico Jourdain Mexico Shade Tree Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
57 United States Davis United States Davis Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
57 United States Walther United States Walmotor 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
63 United States Loquasto United States Pacific Coast Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
63 United States B. Whittington United States Whittington Bros. Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
63 United States Mead United States Intercomp 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
63 United States T. Bettenhausen Jr. United States Bettenhausen Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
63 United States Heywood United States Pacific Coast Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 5

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References[edit]

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  • "1980 PPG Indy Car World Series". Champ Car Stats. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  • "Official Box Score: 64th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 2009-05-19.