1980 California 500 in CART at the Ontario circuit. Full information

1980 California 500

1980 California 500 is 22nd CART race. Passed at the Ontario circuit. Bobby Unser won the pole position and this race. Johnny Rutherford and Rick Mears also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 200 laps (805 km).

Previous race: 1980 Milwaukee Champ Cars
Next race: 1980 Michigan Champ Cars
Race Start: 31st August 1980

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1980 California 500

12th victory for the Penske Racing team
10th victory for the Bobby Unser
15th podium for the Bobby Unser
13th podium for the Johnny Rutherford
11th podium for the Rick Mears

Penske PC9 - 1980 California 500 winner

Penske PC9 #11 - 1980 California 500 winner

1980 California 500 results

Position Name Car Points Result Lap Team
1 Bobby Unser Penske PC9, #11 1000 3h 11m 51s 0 Penske Racing
2 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #4 800 3h 11m 59.53s 0 Chaparral Racing
3 Rick Mears Penske PC9, #1 700 199 laps 0 Penske Racing
4 Al Unser Longhorn LR01, #5 600 193 laps 0 Longhorn Racing
5 Tom Gloy Penske PC7, #61 500 190 laps 0 Penske Racing
6 Dennis Firestone Penske PC6, #18 400 190 laps 0 Scientific Drilling Controls Racing
7 Pancho Carter Penske PC7, #10 300 189 laps 0 Alex Foods Racing
8 Rick Muther Penske PC7, #82 250 188 laps 0 Pacific Coast Racing
9 Dick Ferguson McLaren M24, #81 200 187 laps 0 O'Hanlon Racing Team
10 Vern Schuppan McLaren M24, #34 150 185 laps 0 Wysard Motor Co
11 Roger Rager Wildcat Mk3, #66 100 180 laps 0 Roger Rager
12 Sheldon Kinser Watson ? 1980, #24 50 178 laps 0 Leader Card Racers
13 Herm Johnson Lightning ? 1980, #28 25 174 laps 0 Cliff-Menard Racing
14 Michael Chandler McLaren M24, #72 25 167 laps Engine 0 National Engineering
15 Tom Bagley Wildcat Mk4, #40 25 159 laps Wheel bearing 0 Patrick Racing
16 Bill Alsup Penske PC7, #41 25 154 laps Accident 0 Alsup Racing
17 Mike Mosley Eagle 80, #21 20 149 laps Accident 0 All-American Racers
18 Bill Tempero Eagle ? 1980, #65 20 143 laps Accident 0 Bill Tempero
19 Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ6B, #25 20 125 laps Fuel pump 0 Interscope Racing
20 Greg Leffler Lola T500, #44 20 118 laps Ignition 0 Armstrong Mould Racing Team
21 Phil Caliva McLaren M16C, #47 15 117 laps Engine 0 Alsup Racing
22 Johnny Parsons jr Lightning ? 1980, #15 0 116 laps Wheel bearing 0 Lindsey Hopkins Racing
23 Gordon Johncock Phoenix 80, #20 15 95 laps Engine 0 Patrick Racing
24 Larry Cannon Wildcat Mk1, #95 15 93 laps Engine 0 Kraco Racing
25 John Martin Wildcat Mk1, #37 10 83 laps Oil leak 0 J&J Enterprises
26 Tom Sneva McLaren M24, #9 10 76 laps Engine 0 Sugaripe Prune Racing Team
27 Jerry Karl McLaren M16E, #38 10 71 laps Engine 0 William R Compton
28 Billy Engelhart McLaren M24, #29 10 50 laps Clutch 0 Beaudoin Racing
29 Chip Mead Eagle ? 1980, #91 5 26 laps Fuel 0 Intercomp Racing
30 John Mahler Penske PC6, #92 5 24 laps Accident 0 Intercomp Racing
31 Gary Bettenhausen Wildcat Mk2, #46 5 15 laps Transmission 0 Armstrong Mould Racing Team
32 Jeff Heywood Lightning ? 1980, #86 5 14 laps Oil leak 0 Pacific Coast Racing
33 Spike Gehlhausen Penske PC7, #35 5 12 laps Fuel pump 0 Fletcher Racing Team
34 Billy Vukovich Watson ? 1980, #2 5 11 laps Turbocharger 0 Leader Card Racers
35 Larry Dickson IAM 001, #30 5 10 laps Oil pressure 0 Machinists Union Racing
36 Jerry Sneva, Dick Simon Orbitor Mk1, #43 5 3 laps Overheating 0 Armstrong Mould Racing Team

Qualifying Results for the 1980 California 500 on the Ontario circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Bobby Unser Penske PC9, #11 32.213s Penske Racing
2 Rick Mears Penske PC9, #1 34.046s Penske Racing
3 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #4 34.894s Chaparral Racing
4 Spike Gehlhausen Penske PC7, #35 35.226s Fletcher Racing Team
5 Mike Mosley Eagle 80, #21 35.359s All-American Racers
6 Al Unser Longhorn LR01, #5 35.927s Longhorn Racing
7 Bill Alsup Penske PC7, #41 36.445s Alsup Racing
8 Tom Sneva McLaren M24, #9 37.322s Sugaripe Prune Racing Team
9 Jerry Karl McLaren M16E, #38 37.713s William R Compton
10 Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ6B, #25 38.02s Interscope Racing
11 Johnny Parsons jr Lightning ? 1980, #15 38.092s Lindsey Hopkins Racing
12 Billy Vukovich Watson ? 1980, #2 38.133s Leader Card Racers
13 Michael Chandler McLaren M24, #72 38.357s National Engineering
14 Gordon Johncock Phoenix 80, #20 38.443s Patrick Racing
15 John Martin Wildcat Mk1, #37 38.779s J&J Enterprises
16 Tom Bagley Wildcat Mk4, #40 38.849s Patrick Racing
17 Rick Muther Penske PC7, #82 39.343s Pacific Coast Racing
18 Greg Leffler Lola T500, #44 39.845s Armstrong Mould Racing Team
19 Bill Tempero Eagle ? 1980, #65 40.149s Bill Tempero
20 Billy Engelhart McLaren M24, #29 40.348s Beaudoin Racing
21 Gary Bettenhausen Wildcat Mk2, #46 40.563s Armstrong Mould Racing Team
22 Pancho Carter Penske PC7, #10 37.672s Alex Foods Racing
23 Dennis Firestone Penske PC6, #18 38.594s Scientific Drilling Controls Racing
24 Tom Gloy Penske PC7, #61 38.683s Penske Racing
25 Vern Schuppan McLaren M24, #34 38.911s Wysard Motor Co
26 Sheldon Kinser Watson ? 1980, #24 40.583s Leader Card Racers
27 Herm Johnson Lightning ? 1980, #28 41.027s Cliff-Menard Racing
28 Dick Simon Vollstedt ? 1980, #8 43.646s Vollstedt Enterprises
29 Phil Caliva McLaren M16C, #47 43.649s Alsup Racing
30 Jerry Sneva Orbitor Mk1, #43 48.157s Armstrong Mould Racing Team
31 Larry Cannon Wildcat Mk1, #95 48.161s Kraco Racing
32 Larry Dickson IAM 001, #30 49.515s Machinists Union Racing
33 Roger Rager Wildcat Mk3, #66 Roger Rager
34 Dick Ferguson McLaren M24, #81 O'Hanlon Racing Team
35 John Mahler Penske PC6, #92 Accident Intercomp Racing
36 Jeff Heywood, Chip Mead Lightning ? 1980, #86 Oil leak Pacific Coast Racing

List of all cars for the 1980 California 500 on the Ontario circuit

Chaparral 2K

Cosworth

Watson ? 1980

Cosworth

Lola T500

Cosworth TC

IAM 001

Chevrolet

Wildcat Mk4

Cosworth

Penske PC6

Offenhauser

Lightning ? 1980

Offenhauser

Longhorn LR01

Cosworth

Penske PC9

Cosworth

Vollstedt ? 1980

Offenhauser

Penske PC6

Cosworth

Phoenix 80

Cosworth

McLaren M24

Cosworth

Eagle ? 1980

Offenhauser

Wildcat Mk1

Offenhauser

Orbitor Mk1

Cosworth

Penske PC7

Cosworth

Watson ? 1980

Offenhauser

Orbitor Mk2

Cosworth

McLaren M16C

Offenhauser

Eagle ? 1980

Chevrolet

McLaren M16E

Chevrolet

Wildcat Mk2

Offenhauser

Wildcat Mk3

Chevrolet

Parnelli VPJ6B

Cosworth

Eagle 80

Chevrolet