1981 Michigan 500 - Round 5

Race Winner
Country
United States
Circuit
Round
5
Laps
250
Pole
1981 Season

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

3

Pancho Carter

5

Alex Foods Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

3h 45m 45s

105

2

18

Tony Bettenhausen jr

16

Bettenhausen Motorsports

McLaren M24B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

3h 45m 47s

80

3

Rick Mears

6

Penske Racing

Penske PC9B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

248 laps

70

4

3

Bill Alsup

7

Penske Racing

Penske PC9B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

247 laps

60

5

16

Tom Bigelow

56

Gohr Racing

Penske PC7-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

247 laps

50

6

12

Gary Bettenhausen

12

Rhoades Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

247 laps

40

7

24

Scott Brayton

37

Forsythe Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

238 laps

30

8

29

Phil Caliva

47

Intersec Security

McLaren M16E-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

235 laps

25

9

15

Larry Dickson

31

Machinists Union Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

227 laps

20

10

7

Bob Lazier

35

Fletcher Racing Team

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

225 laps Engine

15

11

1

Al Unser

8

Longhorn Racing

Longhorn LR02-Cosworth (Goodyear)

196 laps Engine

10

12

4

Larry Cannon

99

Kraco Racing

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

190 laps Accident

5

13

19

Roger Rager

66

Roger Rager

Wildcat-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

185 laps

5

14

8

Jerry Karl

38

Jerry Karl

McLaren M16E-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

178 laps Clutch

5

15

11

Billy Vukovich

42

Rattlesnake Racing

Watson-Offenhauser (Goodyear)

175 laps Engine

5

16

7

Bobby Unser

3

Penske Racing

Penske PC9B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

162 laps Engine

5

17

12

Steve Krisiloff

40

Patrick Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

153 laps Overheating

5

18

6

Mike Mosley

48

All-American Racers

Eagle 81-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

144 laps Engine

5

19

Josele Garza

55

Psachie-Garza Racing

Penske PC9-Cosworth (Goodyear)

141 laps Engine

5

20

14

Steve Chassey

64

Jet Engineering

Eagle-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

131 laps Engine

5

21

15

Harry MacDonald

45

Armstrong Mould Racing Team

Lola T500-Cosworth (Goodyear)

120 laps Engine

0

22

20

Johnny Rutherford

1

Chaparral Racing

Chaparral 2K-Cosworth (Goodyear)

112 laps Puncture

0

23

22

Tom Sneva

2

Bignotti-Cotter Racing

March 81C-Cosworth (Goodyear)

107 laps Transmission

5

24

1

Vern Schuppan

33

Theodore Racing Team

McLaren M24B-Cosworth (Goodyear)

95 laps Engine

0

25

8

Cliff Hucul

57

Hucul Racing

McLaren-Offenhauser (Goodyear)

89 laps Engine

0

26

20

AJ Foyt jr

14

Gilmore Racing Team

Coyote 80-Cosworth (Goodyear)

80 laps Accident

0

27

13

Michael Chandler

72

National Engineering

Penske PC7-Cosworth (Goodyear)

79 laps Half shaft

0

28

17

Kevin Cogan

32

Jerry O'Connell Racing

Phoenix 80-Cosworth (Goodyear)

70 laps Engine

0

29

Chip Mead

49

Space Racing

Eagle-Cosworth (Goodyear)

70 laps Engine

0

30

3

Dick Ferguson

96

Kraco Racing

Wildcat-Offenhauser (Goodyear)

64 laps Engine

0

31

1

Dick Simon

22

Leader Card Racers

Watson-Cosworth (Goodyear)

63 laps Oil pressure

0

32

4

Salt Walther

21

Bignotti-Cotter Racing

Phoenix 80-Cosworth (Goodyear)

53 laps Engine

0

33

10

Herm Johnson

28

Team Menard

Lightning-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

26 laps Fire

0

34

1

Bill Tempero

15

Bill Tempero

McLaren M16E-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

23 laps Engine

0

35

20

Billy Engelhart

29

Beaudoin Racing

McLaren M24-Cosworth (Goodyear)

18 laps Valve

0

36

23

Gordon Johncock

20

Patrick Racing

Wildcat Mk8-Cosworth (Goodyear)

4 laps Accident

0

37

29

Bill Whittington

94

Whittington Racing

March 81C-Cosworth (Goodyear)

4 laps Accident

0

Qualifying

Grid Driver Team Time

1

Tom Sneva

Bignotti-Cotter Racing

35.757s

2

Johnny Rutherford

Chaparral Racing

35.84s

3

Rick Mears

Penske Racing

35.967s

4

Pancho Carter

Alex Foods Racing

36.129s

5

Steve Krisiloff

Patrick Racing

36.266s

6

AJ Foyt jr

Gilmore Racing Team

36.324s

7

Bill Alsup

Penske Racing

36.484s

8

Bill Whittington

Whittington Racing

36.681s

9

Bobby Unser

Penske Racing

36.974s

10

Al Unser

Longhorn Racing

37.076s

11

Kevin Cogan

Jerry O'Connell Racing

37.322s

12

Mike Mosley

All-American Racers

37.358s

13

Gordon Johncock

Patrick Racing

37.372s

14

Michael Chandler

National Engineering

37.44s

15

Billy Engelhart

Beaudoin Racing

37.494s

16

Larry Cannon

Kraco Racing

37.593s

17

Bob Lazier

Fletcher Racing Team

37.617s

18

Gary Bettenhausen

Rhoades Racing

37.662s

19

Josele Garza

Psachie-Garza Racing

37.744s

20

Tony Bettenhausen jr

Bettenhausen Motorsports

37.795s

21

Tom Bigelow

Gohr Racing

37.961s

22

Jerry Karl

Jerry Karl

38.173s

23

Herm Johnson

Team Menard

38.37s

24

Larry Dickson

Machinists Union Racing

38.502s

25

Vern Schuppan

Theodore Racing Team

38.594s

26

Billy Vukovich

Rattlesnake Racing

39.133s

27

Dick Ferguson

Kraco Racing

39.523s

28

Salt Walther

Bignotti-Cotter Racing

37.876s

29

Chip Mead

Space Racing

38.734s

30

Dick Simon

Leader Card Racers

38.643s

31

Scott Brayton

Forsythe Racing

38.934s

32

Roger Rager

Roger Rager

39.247s

33

Cliff Hucul

Hucul Racing

39.78s

34

Steve Chassey

Jet Engineering

39.911s

35

Bill Tempero

Bill Tempero

40.006s

36

Harry MacDonald

Armstrong Mould Racing Team

Engine

37

Phil Caliva

Intersec Security

Circuit - Michigan

Country

United States

Location

Cambridge Township, Michigan

Type

Paved oval

Length

2 (Miles)

Record

Adrian Fernandez (Lola T96/00-Honda), 30.767s, 234.019 mph, Champ Cars, 1996

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