1981 Indianapolis 500 in CART at the Indianapolis circuit. Full information

1981 Indianapolis 500

1981 Indianapolis 500 is 27th CART race. Passed at the Indianapolis circuit. Bobby Unser won the pole position and this race. This was his 11th victory. Mario Andretti and Vern Schuppan also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 200 laps (805 km).

Previous race: 1981 Phoenix Champ Cars
Next race: 1981 Milwaukee Champ Cars

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1981 Indianapolis 500

15th victory for the Penske Racing team
11th victory for the Bobby Unser
19th podium for the Bobby Unser
4th podium for the Mario Andretti
1st podium for the Vern Schuppan

1981 Indianapolis 500

1981 Indianapolis 500

Penske PC9B - 1981 Indianapolis 500 winner

Penske PC9B - 1981 Indianapolis 500 winner

1981 Indianapolis 500 results

Position Name Points Result Lap Team
1 Bobby Unser 0 3h 35m 41.78s 0 Penske Racing
2 Mario Andretti 0 3h 35m 46.96s 0 Patrick Racing
3 Vern Schuppan 0 199 laps 0 Theodore Racing Team
4 Kevin Cogan 0 197 laps 0 Jerry O'Connell Racing
5 Geoff Brabham 0 197 laps 0 Psachie-Garza Racing
6 Sheldon Kinser 0 195 laps 0 Longhorn Racing
7 Tony Bettenhausen jr 0 195 laps 0 Bettenhausen Motorsports
8 Steve Krisiloff 0 194 laps 0 Psachie-Garza Racing
9 Gordon Johncock 0 194 laps Engine 0 Patrick Racing
10 Dennis Firestone 0 193 laps Engine 0 Rhoades Racing
11 Bill Alsup 0 192 laps 0 Penske Racing
12 Michael Chandler 0 192 laps 0 National Engineering
13 AJ Foyt jr 0 191 laps 0 Gilmore Racing Team
14 Tim Richmond 0 191 laps 0 MACH 1 Racing
15 Jerry Karl 0 189 laps Engine 0 Jerry Karl
16 Scott Brayton 0 173 laps 0 Forsythe Racing
17 Al Unser 0 166 laps 0 Longhorn Racing
18 Larry Dickson 0 165 laps Piston 0 Machinists Union Racing
19 Bob Lazier 0 154 laps Engine 0 Fletcher Racing Team
20 Tom Bigelow 0 152 laps Engine 0 Gohr Racing
21 Bill Whittington 0 146 laps Stalled 0 Whittington Racing
22 Gordon Smiley 0 141 laps Accident 0 Patrick Racing
23 Josele Garza 0 138 laps Accident 0 Psachie-Garza Racing
24 Pete Halsmer 0 123 laps Accident 0 Arciero Racing
25 Tom Sneva 0 96 laps Clutch 0 Bignotti-Cotter Racing
26 Gary Bettenhausen 0 69 laps Con rod 0 Lindsey Hopkins Racing
27 Danny Ongais 0 64 laps Accident 0 Interscope Racing
28 Pancho Carter 0 63 laps Turbo boost pressure 0 Alex Foods Racing
29 Tom Klausler 0 60 laps Gearbox 0 Douglas Schulz
30 Rick Mears 0 58 laps Fire 0 Penske Racing
31 Don Whittington 0 32 laps Accident 0 Whittington Racing
32 Johnny Rutherford 0 25 laps Fuel pump 0 Chaparral Racing
33 Mike Mosley 0 16 laps Radiator 0 All-American Racers

Qualifying Results for the 1981 Indianapolis 500 on the Indianapolis circuit

Position Name Result Team
1 Bobby Unser 2m 59.51s Penske Racing
2 Mike Mosley 3m 2.61s All-American Racers
3 AJ Foyt jr 3m 3.6s Gilmore Racing Team
4 Gordon Johncock 3m 4.21s Patrick Racing
5 Johnny Rutherford 3m 4.25s Chaparral Racing
6 Josele Garza 3m 4.52s Psachie-Garza Racing
7 Bill Alsup 3m 6.38s Penske Racing
8 Gordon Smiley 3m 6.54s Patrick Racing
9 Al Unser 3m 6.8s Longhorn Racing
10 Pancho Carter 3m 8.46s Alex Foods Racing
11 Gary Bettenhausen 3m 8.61s Lindsey Hopkins Racing
12 Kevin Cogan 3m 10.03s Jerry O'Connell Racing
13 Bob Lazier 3m 10.05s Fletcher Racing Team
14 Tom Bigelow 3m 11.19s Gohr Racing
15 Geoff Brabham 3m 11.5s Psachie-Garza Racing
16 Tony Bettenhausen jr 3m 12.5s Bettenhausen Motorsports
17 Steve Krisiloff 3m 12.8s Psachie-Garza Racing
18 Vern Schuppan 3m 12.98s Theodore Racing Team
19 Larry Dickson 3m 13.26s Machinists Union Racing
20 Tom Sneva 2m 59.38s Bignotti-Cotter Racing
21 Danny Ongais 3m 2.1s Interscope Racing
22 Rick Mears 3m 5.55s Penske Racing
23 Sheldon Kinser 3m 10.02s Longhorn Racing
24 Pete Halsmer 3m 17.89s Arciero Racing
25 Michael Chandler 3m 11.93s National Engineering
26 Don Whittington 3m 12.27s Whittington Racing
27 Bill Whittington 3m 2.65s Whittington Racing
28 Dennis Firestone 3m 11.71s Rhoades Racing
29 Scott Brayton 3m 11.72s Forsythe Racing
30 Tom Klausler 3m 12.79s Douglas Schulz
31 Jerry Karl 3m 13.54s Jerry Karl
32 Mario Andretti 3m 6.49s Patrick Racing
33 Tim Richmond 3m 10.22s MACH 1 Racing

List of all cars for the 1981 Indianapolis 500 on the Indianapolis circuit

Chaparral 2K

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Interscope 022

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Eagle 81

Chevrolet

Penske PC9B

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Penske PC9

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Penske PC7

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Parnelli VPJ6C

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March 81C

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Penske PC7

Chevrolet

Wildcat Mk8

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McLaren M16E

Chevrolet

McLaren M24B

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Penske PC6

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Coyote 80

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Longhorn LR02

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Phoenix 80

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Longhorn LR01

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