1981 Michigan Champ Cars in CART at the Michigan circuit. Full information

1981 Michigan Champ Cars

1981 Michigan Champ Cars is 34th CART race. Passed at the Michigan circuit. Rick Mears won the pole position and this race. This was his 7th victory. Mario Andretti and Al Unser also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 74 laps (238 km).

Previous race: 1981 Milwaukee Champ Cars
Next race: 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1981 Michigan Champ Cars

19th victory for the Penske Racing team
7th victory for the Rick Mears
19th podium for the Rick Mears
8th podium for the Mario Andretti
6th podium for the Al Unser

Penske PC9B - 1981 Michigan Champ Cars winner

Penske PC9B #1 - 1981 Michigan Champ Cars winner

1981 Michigan Champ Cars results

Position Name Car Points Result Lap Team
1 Rick Mears Penske PC9B, #1 21 1h 10m 30s 0 Penske Racing
2 Mario Andretti Wildcat Mk8, #40 17 74 laps 0 Patrick Racing
3 Al Unser Eagle 81, #8 14 74 laps 0 Longhorn Racing
4 Bill Alsup Penske PC9B, #41 12 74 laps 0 Penske Racing
5 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk8, #20 10 74 laps 0 Patrick Racing
6 Dick Ferguson Penske PC7, #99 8 74 laps 0 Kraco Racing
7 Bobby Unser Penske PC9B, #3 6 74 laps 0 Penske Racing
8 Larry Dickson Penske PC7, #31 5 73 laps 0 Machinists Union Racing
9 Tom Bigelow Penske PC7, #56 4 73 laps 0 Gohr Racing
10 Tony Bettenhausen jr Phoenix 80, #16 3 73 laps 0 Bettenhausen Motorsports
11 Jim McElreath Eagle ? 1981, #23 2 72 laps 0 McElreath Racing
12 Steve Chassey Eagle ? 1981, #64 1 71 laps 0 Jet Engineering
13 Bob Lazier March 81C, #35 1 71 laps 0 Fletcher Racing Team
14 Billy Vukovich Watson ? 1981, #42 1 71 laps 0 Rattlesnake Racing
15 Bill Tempero McLaren M16E, #15 1 70 laps 0 Bill Tempero
16 Ross Davis Wildcat ? 1981, #77 1 67 laps 0 Davis Racing
17 Steve Krisiloff Longhorn LR02, #7 1 62 laps 0 Ohio Racing Associates
18 Pancho Carter Penske PC7, #5 1 59 laps Accident 0 Alex Foods Racing
19 Tom Sneva March 81C, #2 1 43 laps Accident 0 Bignotti-Cotter Racing
20 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #4 1 34 laps Piston 0 Chaparral Racing
21 Roger Rager Wildcat ? 1981, #66 0 20 laps Suspension 0 Roger Rager
22 Cliff Hucul McLaren ? 1981, #57 0 19 laps Oil leak 0 Hucul Racing
23 Josele Garza Penske PC9, #55 0 2 laps Oil leak 0 Psachie-Garza Racing
24 Scott Brayton Penske PC7, #37 0 2 laps Accident 0 Forsythe Racing
25 Dick Simon Watson ? 1981, #22 0 Clutch 0 Leader Card Racers
26 Mike Mosley Eagle 81, #48 0 Gearbox 0 All-American Racers

Qualifying Results for the 1981 Michigan Champ Cars on the Michigan circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Rick Mears Penske PC9B, #1 35.98s Penske Racing
2 Bobby Unser Penske PC9B, #3 36.133s Penske Racing
3 Mario Andretti Wildcat Mk8, #40 36.231s Patrick Racing
4 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #4 36.722s Chaparral Racing
5 Pancho Carter Penske PC7, #5 36.956s Alex Foods Racing
6 Bill Alsup Penske PC9B, #41 37.049s Penske Racing
7 Steve Krisiloff Longhorn LR02, #7 37.109s Ohio Racing Associates
8 Mike Mosley Eagle 81, #48 37.125s All-American Racers
9 Josele Garza Penske PC9, #55 37.252s Psachie-Garza Racing
10 Al Unser Eagle 81, #8 37.409s Longhorn Racing
11 Dick Ferguson Penske PC7, #99 37.736s Kraco Racing
12 Scott Brayton Penske PC7, #37 37.757s Forsythe Racing
13 Larry Dickson Penske PC7, #31 37.985s Machinists Union Racing
14 Bob Lazier March 81C, #35 38.483s Fletcher Racing Team
15 Tony Bettenhausen jr Phoenix 80, #16 38.597s Bettenhausen Motorsports
16 Jim McElreath Eagle ? 1981, #23 39.039s McElreath Racing
17 Tom Bigelow Penske PC7, #56 39.042s Gohr Racing
18 Roger Rager Wildcat ? 1981, #66 39.147s Roger Rager
19 Dick Simon Watson ? 1981, #22 39.646s Leader Card Racers
20 Billy Vukovich Watson ? 1981, #42 40.431s Rattlesnake Racing
21 Tom Sneva March 81C, #2 36.645s Bignotti-Cotter Racing
22 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk8, #20 37.286s Patrick Racing
23 Steve Chassey Eagle ? 1981, #64 40.657s Jet Engineering
24 Ross Davis Wildcat ? 1981, #77 42.197s Davis Racing
25 Cliff Hucul McLaren ? 1981, #57 40.032s Hucul Racing
26 Bill Tempero McLaren M16E, #15 49.821s Bill Tempero

List of all cars for the 1981 Michigan Champ Cars on the Michigan circuit

Penske PC9

Cosworth

March 81C

Cosworth

McLaren ? 1981

Offenhauser

Wildcat ? 1981

Offenhauser

Wildcat Mk8

Cosworth

McLaren M16E

Chevrolet

Chaparral 2K

Cosworth

Eagle 81

Cosworth

Wildcat ? 1981

Chevrolet

Eagle 81

Chevrolet

Eagle ? 1981

Chevrolet

Phoenix 80

Cosworth

Penske PC7

Cosworth

Watson ? 1981

Offenhauser

Penske PC7

Chevrolet

Longhorn LR02

Cosworth

Penske PC9B

Cosworth