1981 Indianapolis 500

  • Sunday, May 24, 1981
  • Indianapolis 500
Race Winner
Country
United States
Circuit
Laps
200
Pole
Fastest Lap
Johncock, 45.70s
Past Results

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

Bobby Unser

3

Penske Racing

Penske PC9B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

3h 35m 41.78s

0

2

30

Mario Andretti

40

Patrick Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

3h 35m 46.96s

0

3

15

Vern Schuppan

33

Theodore Racing Team

McLaren M24B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

199 laps

0

4

8

Kevin Cogan

32

Jerry O'Connell Racing

Phoenix 80-Cosworth (Goodyear)

197 laps

0

5

10

Geoff Brabham

50

Psachie-Garza Racing

Penske PC9-Cosworth (Goodyear)

197 laps

0

6

17

Sheldon Kinser

81

Longhorn Racing

Longhorn LR01-Cosworth (Goodyear)

195 laps

0

7

9

Tony Bettenhausen jr

16

Bettenhausen Motorsports

McLaren M24B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

195 laps

0

8

9

Steve Krisiloff

53

Psachie-Garza Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

194 laps

0

9

5

Gordon Johncock

20

Patrick Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

194 laps Engine

0

10

18

Dennis Firestone

4

Rhoades Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

193 laps Engine

0

11

4

Bill Alsup

7

Penske Racing

Penske PC9B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

192 laps

0

12

13

Michael Chandler

74

National Engineering

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

192 laps

0

13

10

AJ Foyt jr

14

Gilmore Racing Team

Coyote 80-Cosworth (Goodyear)

191 laps

0

14

19

Tim Richmond

84

MACH 1 Racing

Parnelli VPJ6C-Cosworth (Goodyear)

191 laps

0

15

16

Jerry Karl

38

Jerry Karl

McLaren M16E-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

189 laps Engine

0

16

13

Scott Brayton

37

Forsythe Racing

Penske PC6-Cosworth (Goodyear)

173 laps

0

17

8

Al Unser

88

Longhorn Racing

Longhorn LR02-Cosworth (Goodyear)

166 laps

0

18

1

Larry Dickson

31

Machinists Union Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

165 laps Piston

0

19

6

Bob Lazier

35

Fletcher Racing Team

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

154 laps Engine

0

20

6

Tom Bigelow

56

Gohr Racing

Penske PC7-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

152 laps Engine

0

21

6

Bill Whittington

90

Whittington Racing

March 81C-Cosworth (Goodyear)

146 laps Stalled

0

22

14

Gordon Smiley

60

Patrick Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

141 laps Accident

0

23

17

Josele Garza

55

Psachie-Garza Racing

Penske PC9-Cosworth (Goodyear)

138 laps Accident

0

24

Pete Halsmer

79

Arciero Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

123 laps Accident

0

25

5

Tom Sneva

12

Bignotti-Cotter Racing

March 81C-Cosworth (Goodyear)

96 laps Clutch

0

26

15

Gary Bettenhausen

8

Lindsey Hopkins Racing

Lightning-Cosworth (Goodyear)

69 laps Con rod

0

27

6

Danny Ongais

25

Interscope Racing

Interscope 022-Cosworth (Goodyear)

64 laps Accident

0

28

18

Pancho Carter

5

Alex Foods Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

63 laps Turbo boost pressure

0

29

1

Tom Klausler

51

Douglas Schulz

Lightning-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

60 laps Gearbox

0

30

8

Rick Mears

6

Penske Racing

Penske PC9B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

58 laps Fire

0

31

5

Don Whittington

91

Whittington Racing

March 81C-Cosworth (Goodyear)

32 laps Accident

0

32

27

Johnny Rutherford

1

Chaparral Racing

Chaparral 2K-Cosworth (Goodyear)

25 laps Fuel pump

0

33

31

Mike Mosley

48

All-American Racers

Eagle 81-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

16 laps Radiator

0

Circuit - Indianapolis

Country

United States

Location

Speedway, Indiana

Type

Paved oval

Length

2.5 (Miles)

Record

Eddie Cheever (Lola T95/00-Buick/Menard), 38.119s, 236.103 mph, Indycars, 1996

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