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1978 Datsun Twin 200s


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 2 of 18
Sunday, March 26, 1978 at Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA
80 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (200.0 miles)

Time of race: 1:13:42
Average Speed: 162.81 mph
Pole Speed: 202.384 mph
Cautions: 3 for 9 laps
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 9

Glossary    1978 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1978 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 425   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing   (Ted Field)Parnelli / Cosworth8019,725running37400
2 11   Tom Sneva Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth8013,375running10320
3 52   Al Unser 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Jim Hall)Chaparral / Cosworth808,730running0280
4 914   A.J. Foyt Gilmore / 1st National Travelers Checks   (A.J. Foyt)Coyote / Foyt807,745running0240
51380   Larry Dickson Polak Construction   (Russ Polak)McLaren / Cosworth795,230running1200
61117   Dick Simon Rolla VollstedtVollstedt / Offy794,610running0160
71743   Tom Bigelow Armstrong Moulding   (Sherman Armstrong)Wildcat / Offy784,500running0120
81924   Sheldon Kinser Thermo King   (Ralph Wilke)Watson / Offy763,995running0100
9 76   Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune   (Jerry O'Connell)McLaren / Cosworth753,985running080
101678   Bobby Olivero Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Lightning / Offy753,375running060
111577   Salt Walther Dayton-Walther   (George Walther)McLaren / DGS713,225running040
121898   Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer   (Grant King)King / Offy563,065running020
13 34   Johnny Rutherford 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Bruce McLaren)McLaren / Cosworth473,515valve1310
141040   Steve Krisiloff Goodyear   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS412,760valve110
15 27   Mario Andretti Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth353,205engine1810
162348   Bobby Unser ARCO Graphite   (Dan Gurney)Lightning / Cosworth253,115engine010
171422   Tom Bagley Kent Oil   (Ralph Wilke)Eagle / Offy242,950engine08
181216   Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks   (Lindsey Hopkins)Lightning / Offy82,385rear end08
19 620   Gordon Johncock North American Van Lines   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / DGS72,825engine08
202174   Roger McCluskey National Engineering   (Warner Hodgdon)Eagle / AMC52,465valve08
212227   Jerry Karl Rolla VollstedtVollstedt / Offy42,235oil pressure06
222099   Bob Harkey Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Offy22,205fuel pump06
23 819   Spike Gehlhausen PV Corp   (Carl Gehlhausen)Eagle / Offy21,740engine06
242457   Chuck Gurney Crower Cams   (Crower Engineering)Eagle / Crower01,740rear end06

Caution flag breakdown:
ConditionFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
ReasonFree
Pass
133  
452   #19 tow-in 
62419  
25273   #77 tow-in 
283811  
39424   #6 lost wheel turn 2 
438038  
  Percent of race run under caution: 11.2%             Average green flag run: 17.8 laps

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Mario Andretti11818
  Danny Ongais19235
  Steve Krisiloff24241
  Tom Sneva25339
  Johnny Rutherford344613
  Danny Ongais476418
  Tom Sneva65651
  Larry Dickson66661
  Danny Ongais678014

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   A.J. Foyt 450    
2   Danny Ongais 415   -35  
3   Dick Simon 340   -110  
4   Al Unser 325   -125  
5   Tom Sneva 325   -125  
6   Gordon Johncock 308   -142  
7   Steve Krisiloff 250   -200  
8   Sheldon Kinser 220   -230  
9   Larry Dickson 206   -244  
10   Rick Mears 150   -300  
11   Tom Bigelow 128   -322  
12   Bobby Olivero 120   -330  
13   Cliff Hucul 90   -360  
14   Wally Dallenbach 88   -362  
15   Tom Bagley 83   -367  
16   Salt Walther 48   -402  
17   Jerry Karl 36   -414  
18   Gary Bettenhausen 25   -425  
19   Johnny Rutherford 18   -432  
20   Bobby Unser 16   -434