1981 Mexico City Champ Cars in CART at the Mexico City circuit. Full information

1981 Mexico City Champ Cars

1981 Mexico City Champ Cars is 36th CART race. Passed at the Mexico City circuit. Bobby Unser won the pole position, Rick Mears won this race. Al Unser and Gordon Johncock also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 59 laps (235 km).

Previous race: 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars
Next race: 1981 Phoenix Champ Cars
Race Start: 18th October 1981

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1981 Mexico City Champ Cars

21st victory for the Penske Racing team
9th victory for the Rick Mears
21st podium for the Rick Mears
7th podium for the Al Unser
10th podium for the Gordon Johncock

Penske PC9B - 1981 Mexico City Champ Cars winner

Penske PC9B #6 - 1981 Mexico City Champ Cars winner

1981 Mexico City Champ Cars results

Position Name Car Points Result Lap Team
1 Rick Mears Penske PC9B, #6 20 1h 24m 48s 0 Penske Racing
2 Al Unser Longhorn LR02, #8 16 1h 24m 53s 0 Longhorn Racing
3 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk8, #20 14 59 laps 0 Patrick Racing
4 Bob Lazier March 81C, #35 12 59 laps 0 Fletcher Racing Team
5 Bill Alsup Penske PC9B, #7 10 58 laps 0 Penske Racing
6 Pancho Carter Penske PC7, #5 8 58 laps 0 Alex Foods Racing
7 Mike Mosley Penske PC6, #21 6 58 laps 0 Forsythe Racing
8 Herm Johnson Eagle ? 1981, #28 5 58 laps 0 Team Menard
9 Geoff Brabham Eagle 81, #48 4 57 laps 0 All-American Racers
10 Dick Ferguson Penske PC7, #99 3 57 laps 0 Kraco Racing
11 Tony Bettenhausen jr Phoenix 80, #16 2 56 laps 0 Bettenhausen Motorsports
12 Bill Tempero McLaren M16E, #15 1 55 laps 0 Bill Tempero
13 Jim McElreath Eagle ? 1981, #23 1 55 laps 0 McElreath Racing
14 Phil Krueger Eagle ? 1981, #89 1 54 laps 0 Joe Hunt
15 Bobby Unser Penske PC9B, #3 3 52 laps Accident 0 Penske Racing
16 Michael Chandler Penske PC7, #74 1 51 laps Accident 0 National Engineering
17 Hurley Haywood Eagle ? 1981, #34 1 47 laps 0 Wysard Motor Co
18 Josele Garza Penske PC9, #55 1 38 laps 0 Psachie-Garza Racing
19 Jerry Karl McLaren M16E, #38 1 36 laps Engine 0 Jerry Karl
20 Tom Sneva March 81C, #2 1 38 laps Suspension 0 Bignotti-Cotter Racing
21 Vern Schuppan McLaren M24B, #33 0 26 laps Engine 0 Theodore Racing Team
22 Larry Dickson Penske PC7, #31 0 23 laps Clutch 0 Machinists Union Racing
23 Scott Brayton Penske PC7, #37 0 23 laps Gearbox 0 Forsythe Racing
24 Michel Jourdain Penske PC6, #93 0 18 laps Oil line 0 Michel Jourdain
25 Dick Simon Watson ? 1981, #22 0 16 laps Fuel pump 0 Leader Card Racers
26 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #1 0 9 laps Piston 0 Chaparral Racing
27 Billy Vukovich, Orio Trice Watson ? 1981, #42 0 4 laps Oil pressure 0 Rattlesnake Racing

Qualifying Results for the 1981 Mexico City Champ Cars on the Mexico City circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Bobby Unser Penske PC9B, #3 1m 11.538s Penske Racing
2 Geoff Brabham Eagle 81, #48 1m 12.487s All-American Racers
3 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk8, #20 1m 12.803s Patrick Racing
4 Tom Sneva March 81C, #2 1m 13.006s Bignotti-Cotter Racing
5 Al Unser Longhorn LR02, #8 1m 13.039s Longhorn Racing
6 Rick Mears Penske PC9B, #6 1m 13.148s Penske Racing
7 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #1 1m 13.701s Chaparral Racing
8 Michael Chandler Penske PC7, #74 1m 13.707s National Engineering
9 Herm Johnson Eagle ? 1981, #28 1m 14.168s Team Menard
10 Bill Alsup Penske PC9B, #7 1m 15.09s Penske Racing
11 Josele Garza Penske PC9, #55 1m 15.332s Psachie-Garza Racing
12 Pancho Carter Penske PC7, #5 1m 15.768s Alex Foods Racing
13 Dick Ferguson Penske PC7, #99 1m 16.288s Kraco Racing
14 Bob Lazier March 81C, #35 1m 16.718s Fletcher Racing Team
15 Hurley Haywood Eagle ? 1981, #34 1m 16.94s Wysard Motor Co
16 Scott Brayton Penske PC7, #37 1m 16.977s Forsythe Racing
17 Jerry Karl McLaren M16E, #38 1m 17.348s Jerry Karl
18 Mike Mosley Penske PC6, #21 1m 17.394s Forsythe Racing
19 Larry Dickson Penske PC7, #31 1m 17.601s Machinists Union Racing
20 Jim McElreath Eagle ? 1981, #23 1m 18.029s McElreath Racing
21 Vern Schuppan McLaren M24B, #33 1m 18.161s Theodore Racing Team
22 Tony Bettenhausen jr Phoenix 80, #16 1m 18.222s Bettenhausen Motorsports
23 Phil Krueger Eagle ? 1981, #89 1m 18.343s Joe Hunt
24 Bill Tempero McLaren M16E, #15 1m 18.346s Bill Tempero
25 Dick Simon Watson ? 1981, #22 1m 18.348s Leader Card Racers
26 Michel Jourdain Penske PC6, #93 1m 19.904s Michel Jourdain
27 Billy Vukovich, Orio Trice Watson ? 1981, #42 1m 22.496s Rattlesnake Racing

List of all cars for the 1981 Mexico City Champ Cars on the Mexico City circuit

Longhorn LR02

Cosworth

Wildcat ? 1981

Chevrolet

Penske PC6

Cosworth

March 81C

Cosworth

Penske PC7

Cosworth

Penske PC9

Cosworth

Phoenix 80

Cosworth

Penske PC9B

Cosworth

Watson ? 1981

Cosworth

Eagle ? 1981

Chevrolet

Eagle 81

Chevrolet

Watson ? 1981

Offenhauser

Chaparral 2K

Cosworth

Eagle ? 1981

Cosworth

McLaren M24B

Cosworth

McLaren M16E

Chevrolet

Penske PC6

Offenhauser

Wildcat Mk8

Cosworth

Eagle ? 1981

Offenhauser