1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars in CART at the Watkins Glen circuit. Full information

1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars

1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars is 35th CART race. Passed at the Watkins Glen circuit. Mario Andretti won the pole position, Rick Mears won this race. This was his 8th victory. Johnny Rutherford and Bill Alsup also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 60 laps (326 km).

Previous race: 1981 Michigan Champ Cars
Next race: 1981 Mexico City Champ Cars

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars

20th victory for the Penske Racing team
8th victory for the Rick Mears
20th podium for the Rick Mears
17th podium for the Johnny Rutherford
3rd podium for the Bill Alsup

Penske PC9B - 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars winner

Penske PC9B #6 - 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars winner

1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars results

Position Name Car Points Result Lap Team
1 Rick Mears Penske PC9B, #6 40 1h 52m 17s 0 Penske Racing
2 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #1 32 59 laps 0 Chaparral Racing
3 Bill Alsup Penske PC7, #41 28 59 laps 0 Alsup Racing
4 Bob Lazier Penske PC7, #35 24 58 laps 0 Fletcher Racing Team
5 Steve Chassey Eagle ? 1981, #64 20 56 laps 0 Jet Engineering
6 Rocky Moran Eagle 81, #48 16 55 laps Out of fuel 0 All-American Racers
7 Larry Dickson Penske PC7, #31 12 55 laps 0 Machinists Union Racing
8 Tony Bettenhausen jr Phoenix 80, #16 10 54 laps 0 Bettenhausen Motorsports
9 Herm Johnson Eagle ? 1981, #28 8 54 laps 0 Team Menard
10 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk8, #20 6 52 laps 0 Patrick Racing
11 Dick Simon Watson ? 1981, #22 4 50 laps 0 Leader Card Racers
12 Hurley Haywood Eagle ? 1981, #34 2 48 laps 0 Wysard Motor Co
13 Ross Davis Wildcat ? 1981, #77 2 44 laps Engine 0 Davis Racing
14 Al Unser Longhorn LR02, #8 2 30 laps Engine 0 Longhorn Racing
15 Pancho Carter Lightning ? 1981, #5 2 32 laps 0 Alex Foods Racing
16 Mario Andretti Wildcat Mk8, #40 6 25 laps Gearbox 0 Patrick Racing
17 Bobby Unser Penske PC9B, #3 2 23 laps Piston 0 Penske Racing
18 Gordon Smiley Wildcat Mk8, #12 2 22 laps Engine 0 Patrick Racing
19 Jerry Karl McLaren M16E, #38 2 22 laps Stalled 0 Jerry Karl
20 Scott Brayton Penske PC7, #37 2 20 laps Gearbox 0 Forsythe Racing
21 Tom Sneva March 81C, #2 0 20 laps Gearbox 0 Bignotti-Cotter Racing
22 Teddy Pilette McLaren ? 1981, #67 0 14 laps Gearbox 0 Mergard Racing
23 Bill Tempero McLaren M16E, #15 0 11 laps Engine 0 Bill Tempero
24 Josele Garza Penske PC9, #55 0 9 laps Accident 0 Psachie-Garza Racing
0 Jim McElreath Eagle ? 1981, #23 0 0 McElreath Racing
0 Roger Rager Wildcat ? 1981, #66 0 0 Roger Rager

Qualifying Results for the 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars on the Watkins Glen circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Mario Andretti Wildcat Mk8, #40 1m 56.167s Patrick Racing
2 Al Unser Longhorn LR02, #8 1m 58.348s Longhorn Racing
3 Rick Mears Penske PC9B, #6 1m 59.818s Penske Racing
4 Johnny Rutherford Chaparral 2K, #1 2m 0.117s Chaparral Racing
5 Gordon Johncock Wildcat Mk8, #20 2m 1.03s Patrick Racing
6 Herm Johnson Eagle ? 1981, #28 2m 3.827s Team Menard
7 Rocky Moran Eagle 81, #48 2m 8.228s All-American Racers
8 Scott Brayton Penske PC7, #37 2m 8.835s Forsythe Racing
9 Bill Alsup Penske PC7, #41 2m 9.116s Alsup Racing
10 Bob Lazier Penske PC7, #35 2m 9.132s Fletcher Racing Team
11 Tom Sneva March 81C, #2 2m 10.228s Bignotti-Cotter Racing
12 Teddy Pilette McLaren ? 1981, #67 2m 10.304s Mergard Racing
13 Dick Simon Watson ? 1981, #22 2m 11.344s Leader Card Racers
14 Hurley Haywood Eagle ? 1981, #34 2m 13.881s Wysard Motor Co
15 Bobby Unser Penske PC9B, #3 2m 14.191s Penske Racing
16 Josele Garza Penske PC9, #55 2m 15.653s Psachie-Garza Racing
17 Bill Tempero McLaren M16E, #15 2m 15.766s Bill Tempero
18 Larry Dickson Penske PC7, #31 2m 16.57s Machinists Union Racing
19 Steve Chassey Eagle ? 1981, #64 2m 20.175s Jet Engineering
20 Tony Bettenhausen jr Phoenix 80, #16 2m 20.88s Bettenhausen Motorsports
21 Jerry Karl McLaren M16E, #38 2m 20.997s Jerry Karl
22 Pancho Carter Lightning ? 1981, #5 2m 24.154s Alex Foods Racing
23 Ross Davis Wildcat ? 1981, #77 2m 24.486s Davis Racing
24 Gordon Smiley Wildcat Mk8, #12 2m 53.717s Patrick Racing
25 Jim McElreath Eagle ? 1981, #23 McElreath Racing
26 Roger Rager Wildcat ? 1981, #66 Roger Rager

List of all cars for the 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars on the Watkins Glen circuit

Wildcat ? 1981

Chevrolet

Wildcat ? 1981

Offenhauser

Eagle ? 1981

Offenhauser

Penske PC9B

Cosworth

Penske PC9

Cosworth

March 81C

Cosworth

Eagle 81

Chevrolet

Eagle ? 1981

Chevrolet

Wildcat Mk8

Cosworth

McLaren M16E

Chevrolet

Chaparral 2K

Cosworth

Eagle ? 1981

Cosworth

Longhorn LR02

Cosworth

Watson ? 1981

Cosworth

Phoenix 80

Cosworth

Penske PC7

Cosworth

McLaren ? 1981

Chevrolet