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1981 Los Angeles Times 500


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CART race number 6 of 11
Sunday, August 30, 1981 at Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, CA
95 laps on a 3.300 mile road course (313.5 miles)

Time of race: 2:43:40
Average Speed: 108.3 mph
Pole Speed: 129.559 mph
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 2

Glossary    1981 CART results   /   1981 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
261634   Hurley Haywood Wysard Motors   (Herb Wysard)Eagle / Cosworth94,415brakes0 
11 832   Kevin Cogan O'Connell Racing   (Jerry O'Connell)Phoenix / Cosworth536,540crash06
132766   Roger Rager McCray PlasteringWildcat / Chevrolet503,125crash03
171333   Vern Schuppan Thomas Barrett IIIMarch / Cosworth354,728crash03
21 61   Johnny Rutherford Pennzoil   (Chaparral Racing)Chaparral / Cosworth224,415crash0 
221938   Jerry Karl Tonco TrailersKarl / Chevrolet214,415crash0 
251512   Gordon Smiley IntermedicsWildcat / Cosworth104,415crash0 
10145   Pancho Carter Alex Foods   (Alex Morales)Penske / Cosworth636,665engine09
152164   Steve Chassey Jet EngineeringEagle / Chevrolet425,665engine03
161731   Larry Dickson Machinists UnionPenske / Cosworth395,040engine03
202589   Phil Krueger Joe Hunt Magneto   (Joe Hunt)Eagle / Chevrolet261,563engine03
232663   Ken Hamilton Spirit of IdahoRiley / Chevrolet141,250engine0 
24 72   Tom Sneva Bignotti-CotterMarch / Cosworth124,415engine0 
272892   John Mahler Trench ShoringPenske / Offy81,250engine0 
121155   Josele Garza Garza Racing   (Josele Garza)Penske / Cosworth526,290fuel injector03
14 28   Al Unser Longhorn Racing   (Bobby Hillin)Longhorn / Cosworth455,665gearbox273
282415   Bill Tempero O'Hanlon-TemperoMcLaren / Chevrolet74,415gearbox0 
19 148   Geoff Brabham Pepsi ChallengerEagle / Chevrolet304,728handling176
181899   Dick Ferguson Kraco Car StereoPenske / Cosworth324,728pit fire03
1 36   Rick Mears Gould Charge   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth9530,915running5163
2 520   Gordon Johncock STP Oil Treatment   (Pat Patrick)Wildcat / Cosworth9523,665running048
3107   Bill Alsup AB DickPenske / Cosworth9417,715running042
4 974   Michael Chandler National EngineeringPenske / Cosworth9416,365running036
52335   Bob Lazier Montgomery WardPenske / Cosworth9212,515running030
62222   Dick Simon Vermont AmericanWatson / Cosworth9010,665running024
71228   Herm Johnson Menard Cashway LumberLightning / Chevrolet889,415running018
82037   Scott Brayton Forsythe-BraytonPenske / Cosworth878,165running015
9 43   Bobby Unser Norton Spirit   (Roger Penske)Penske / Cosworth846,915running012

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Geoff Brabham11717
  Al Unser184427
  Rick Mears459551

Points standings after this race:
RankDriverPointsDiff
1   Rick Mears 186    
2   Pancho Carter 141   -45  
3   Bill Alsup 122   -64  
4   Tony Bettenhausen Jr 89   -97  
5   Gordon Johncock 82   -104  
6   Johnny Rutherford 61   -125  
7   Scott Brayton 55   -131  
8   Tom Bigelow 54   -132  
9   Bob Lazier 52   -134  
10   Mario Andretti 46   -140  
11   Bobby Unser 43   -143  
12   Gary Bettenhausen 40   -146  
13   Al Unser 38   -148  
14   Michael Chandler 36   -150  
15   Dick Simon 33   -153  
16   Tom Sneva 31   -155  
17   Larry Dickson 30   -156  
18   Phil Caliva 27   -159  
19   Mike Mosley 26   -160  
20   Kevin Cogan 23   -163