1979 California 500 in CART at the Ontario circuit. Full information

1979 California 500

1979 California 500 is 10th CART race. Passed at the Ontario circuit. Rick Mears won the pole position, Bobby Unser won this race. This was his 5th victory. Rick Mears and Mario Andretti also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 200 laps (805 km).

Previous race: 1979 Trenton Champ Cars
Next race: 1979 Michigan Champ Cars

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1979 California 500

6th victory for the Penske Racing team
5th victory for the Bobby Unser
6th podium for the Bobby Unser
5th podium for the Rick Mears
1st podium for the Mario Andretti

Penske PC7 - 1979 California 500 winner

Penske PC7 - 1979 California 500 winner

1979 California 500 results

Position Name Points Result Lap Team
1 Bobby Unser 1000 3h 24m 22s 0 Penske Racing
2 Rick Mears 800 3h 24m 32s 0 Penske Racing
3 Mario Andretti 700 3h 24m 56s 0 Penske Racing
4 Johnny Rutherford 600 199 laps 0 Team McLaren
5 Al Unser 500 197 laps 0 Chaparral Racing
6 Danny Ongais 400 196 laps 0 Interscope Racing
7 Vern Schuppan 300 192 laps 0 Wysard Motor Co
8 Don Whittington 250 190 laps 0 Team McLaren
9 Lee Kunzman 200 188 laps 0 Conquest Racing Team
10 Jerry Sneva 150 170 laps Engine 0 Hodgson Racing
11 Tom Frantz 100 152 laps 0 Tom Frantz
12 Bill Whittington 50 139 laps Inlet manifold 0 Whittington Racing
13 Roger Mears 25 135 laps Engine 0 Patrick Racing
14 Larry Cannon 25 128 laps Piston 0 Cannon Racing Team
15 Gordon Johncock 25 119 laps Fuel pump 0 Patrick Racing
16 Dick Ferguson 25 118 laps Valve 0 Aero Electronics
17 Tom Sneva 20 108 laps Oil pump 0 Sugaripe Prune Racing Team
18 John Martin 20 107 laps Engine 0 John A Martin
19 Bill Scott 20 74 laps Engine 0 Bill Scott
20 Salt Walther 20 69 laps Transmission 0 Dayton-Walther
21 Al Loquasto 15 69 laps Piston 0 Spike Gehlhausen
22 Bill Alsup 15 59 laps Cylinder block 0 WASP Racing
23 Steve Krisiloff 15 47 laps Valve 0 Longhorn Racing
24 Wally Dallenbach 15 46 laps Engine 0 Patrick Racing
25 Spike Gehlhausen 10 46 laps Half shaft 0 Fletcher Racing Team
26 Tim Richmond 10 39 laps Transmission 0 Pat Santello
27 Phil Caliva 10 23 laps Oil leak 0 Spike Gehlhausen
28 Pancho Carter 10 21 laps Camshaft 0 Alex Foods Racing
29 Bob Harkey 5 17 laps Accident 0 Alex Foods Racing
30 Joe Saldana 5 14 laps Oil pump 0 Hoffman Racing
31 Dennis Firestone 5 10 laps Oil leak 0 Dennis Firestone
32 Tom Bagley 5 7 laps Accident 0 Longhorn Racing
33 Johnny Parsons jr 5 4 laps Valve 0 Sugaripe Prune Racing Team
34 Mike Mosley 5 2 laps Engine 0 All-American Racers
35 Cliff Hucul 5 2 laps Transmission 0 Hoffman Racing

List of all cars for the 1979 California 500 on the Ontario circuit

Eagle 79

Offenhauser

Parnelli VPJ6B

Cosworth

Wildcat Mk2

Offenhauser

Parnelli VPJ6C

Cosworth

Lola ? 1979

Cosworth

McLaren M24B

Cosworth

Chaparral 2K

Cosworth

Penske PC6

Cosworth

Lightning ? 1979

Offenhauser

McLaren ? 1979

Cosworth

Wildcat ? 1979

Offenhauser

McLaren ? 1979

Offenhauser

McLaren M24

Cosworth

Eagle 79

Cosworth

Eagle ? 1979

Offenhauser

McLaren M16D

Offenhauser

Penske ? 1979

Cosworth

Penske PC7

Cosworth