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Race 1Edit

  1979 Atlanta 1
Race details
Race 2 of 14 in the 1979 IndyCar season
 
Atlanta International Speedway until 1996
DateApril 22, 1979
Official nameGould Dixie Twin 125
LocationAtlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Georgia, United States
CourseOval
1.540 mi / 2.450 km
Distance82 laps
126.28 mi / 200.900 km
WeatherUnknown
Pole position
DriverJohnny Rutherford (Team McLaren)
Time27.166
Fastest lap
DriverUnknown (Unknown)
TimeUnknown (on lap Unknown of 82)
Podium
FirstJohnny Rutherford (Team McLaren)
SecondLee Kunzman (Conqueste Racing Team)
ThirdTom Sneva (Jerry O'Connell Racing)

SummaryEdit

Johnny Rutherford won the pole for the first race, with Gordon Johncock starting second, Mike Mosley in third, Danny Ongais in fourth, and Tom Sneva in fifth.

In the race, Rutherford and Johncock dominated the first 60 laps. After a caution period ended with just 14 laps to go, Lee Kunzman managed to jump out to the lead. Johnny Rutherford caught up to him with eight laps to go, and the two dueled, with Rutherford passing him on the penultimate lap and holding on to win.[1] Tom Sneva claimed third, Gordon Johncock fourth, and Rick Mears fifth.

ResultsEdit

Pos Sta No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Led Pts
1 1 4   Johnny Rutherford Team McLaren 82 47:28.000 30 250
2 9 21   Lee Kunzman Conqueste Racing Team 82 - 12 200
3 5 1   Tom Sneva Jerry O'Connell Racing 82 - 7 175
4 2 20   Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing 82 - 32 150
5 11 9   Rick Mears Team Penske 82 - 0 125
6 7 2   Al Unser Chaparral Cars 82 - 0 100
7 8 12   Bobby Unser Team Penske 82 - 1 75
8 16 11   Tom Bagley Longhorn Racing 81 + 1 Laps 0 63
9 13 10   Pancho Carter Morales Motorsports 81 + 1 Laps 0 50
10 14 77   Salt Walther Walmotor 80 + 2 Laps 0 38
11 6 40   Wally Dallenbach Patrick Racing 79 + 3 Laps 0 25
12 18 34   Vern Schuppan Wysard Racing 75 + 7 Laps 0 13
13 15 69   Joe Saldana Hoffman Racing 58 Fire 0 5
14 4 25   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing 56 Fuel Line 0 5
15 12 7   Steve Krisiloff Bob Fletcher Racing 53 Transmission 0 5
16 17 41   Bill Alsup WASP Racing 42 Over-Heating 0 5
17 3 36   Mike Mosley All American Racers 20 Gearbox 0 5
18 10 19   Spike Gehlhausen Gehlhausen Racing 12 Ignition 0 5

Lap Leader BreakdownEdit

Leader Form Lap To Lap # Of Laps
Johnny Rutherford 1 10 10
Gordon Johncock 11 42 32
Johnny Rutherford 43 60 18
Bobby Unser 61 61 1
Tom Sneva 62 68 7
Lee Kunzman 69 80 12
Johnny Rutherford 81 82 2

Points standings after this raceEdit

Note: Only top ten are listed

Rank Driver Points Diff Pos Change
1 Johnny Rutherford 460 +2
2 Gordon Johncock 450 -10 -1
3 Rick Mears 365 -95 -1
4 Al Unser 280 -180 =0
5 Lee Kunzman 260 -200 +4
6 Bobby Unser 225 -235 -1
7 Tom Sneva 181 -279 +13
8 Tom Bagley 138 -322 =0
9 Mike Mosley 125 -335 -3
10 Wally Dallenbach 115 -345 -3

Race 2Edit

  1979 Atlanta 2
Race details
Race 3 of 14 in the 1979 IndyCar season
 
Atlanta International Speedway until 1996
DateApril 22, 1979
Official nameGould Dixie Twin 125
LocationAtlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Georgia, United States
CourseOval
1.540 mi / 2.450 km
Distance82 laps
126.28 mi / 200.900 km
WeatherUnknown
Pole position
DriverJohnny Rutherford (Team McLaren)
TimeWinner of Race 1
Fastest lap
DriverUnknown (Unknown)
TimeUnknown (on lap Unknown of 82)
Podium
FirstJohnny Rutherford (Team Mclaren)
SecondRick Mears (Team Penske)
ThirdAl Unser (Chaparral Cars)

SummaryEdit

Johnny Rutherford won the pole for the second straight race, with Lee Kunzman, Tom Sneva, Gordon Johncock, and Rick Mears rounding out the top five. The race was dominated by Rutherford, who led 61 of the 82 laps, being only challenged by Bobby Unser and Salt Walther, who led 13 laps thanks to pit shuffling. Rick Mears placed second, Al Unser, who ran out of fuel on the last lap [2] claimed third, Bobby Unser fourth and Tom Sneva fifth.

ResultsEdit

Pos St No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Led Pts
1 1 4   Johnny Rutherford Team McLaren 82 45:40.000 61 250
2 5 9   Rick Mears Team Penske 82 - 1 200
3 6 2   Al Unser Chaparral Cars 82 - 0 175
4 7 12   Bobby Unser Team Penske 82 - 7 150
5 3 1   Tom Sneva Jerry O'Connell Racing 81 + 1 Lap 0 125
6 14 25   Tom Bagley Longhorn Racing 81 + 1 Laps 0 100
7 8 11   Danny Ongais Interscope Racing 81 + 1 Lap 0 75
8 11 40   Wally Dallenbach Patrick Racing 80 + 2 Laps 0 63
9 4 20   Gordon Johncock Patrick Racing 80 + 2 Laps 0 50
10 10 77   Salt Walther Walmotor 79 + 3 Laps 13 38
11 9 10   Pancho Carter Morales Motorsports 78 + 4 Laps 0 25
12 12 34   Vern Schuppan Wysard Racing 74 Out of Fuel 0 13
13 13 69   Joe Saldana Hoffman Racing 72 + 10 Laps 0 5
14 18 35   Larry Rice S&M Electric 62 + 20 Laps 0 5
15 15 41   Bill Alsup WASP Racing 52 Over-Heating 0 5
16 17 19   Spike Gehlhausen Gehlhausen Racing 13 Oil Leak 0 5
17 16 36   Mike Mosley All American Racers 3 Engine 0 5
18 2 21   Lee Kunzman Conqueste Racing Team 3 Gearbox 0 5

Lap Leader BreakdownEdit

Leader From Lap To Lap # Of Laps
Johnny Rutherford 1 7 7
Bobby Unser 8 14 7
Johnny Rutherford 15 25 11
Salt Walther 26 38 13
Johnny Rutherford 39 68 30
Rick Mears 69 69 1
Johnny Rutherford 70 82 13


Points standings after this raceEdit

Note: Only top ten are listed

Rank Driver Points Diff Pos Change
1 Johnny Rutherford 710 =0
2 Rick Mears 565 -145 +1
3 Gordon Johncock 500 -210 -1
4 Al Unser 455 -255 =0
5 Bobby Unser 375 -335 +1
6 Tom Sneva 306 -404 +1
7 Lee Kunzman 265 -445 -2
8 Tom Bagley 213 -497 =0
9 Wally Dallenbach 178 -532 +1
10 Mike Mosley 130 -580 -1

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  1. ^ "Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey on April 23, 1979 · Page 40". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey on April 23, 1979 · Page 40". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2018-10-01.