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 - 1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars winner

1981 Watkins Glen Champ Cars results

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

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

Position Name Result Team
1 Mario Andretti 1m 56.167s Patrick Racing
2 Al Unser 1m 58.348s Longhorn Racing
3 Rick Mears 1m 59.818s Penske Racing
4 Johnny Rutherford 2m 0.117s Chaparral Racing
5 Gordon Johncock 2m 1.03s Patrick Racing
6 Herm Johnson 2m 3.827s Team Menard
7 Rocky Moran 2m 8.228s All-American Racers
8 Scott Brayton 2m 8.835s Forsythe Racing
9 Bill Alsup 2m 9.116s Alsup Racing
10 Bob Lazier 2m 9.132s Fletcher Racing Team
11 Tom Sneva 2m 10.228s Bignotti-Cotter Racing
12 Teddy Pilette 2m 10.304s Mergard Racing
13 Dick Simon 2m 11.344s Leader Card Racers
14 Hurley Haywood 2m 13.881s Wysard Motor Co
15 Bobby Unser 2m 14.191s Penske Racing
16 Josele Garza 2m 15.653s Psachie-Garza Racing
17 Bill Tempero 2m 15.766s Bill Tempero
18 Larry Dickson 2m 16.57s Machinists Union Racing
19 Steve Chassey 2m 20.175s Jet Engineering
20 Tony Bettenhausen jr 2m 20.88s Bettenhausen Motorsports
21 Jerry Karl 2m 20.997s Jerry Karl
22 Pancho Carter 2m 24.154s Alex Foods Racing
23 Ross Davis 2m 24.486s Davis Racing
24 Gordon Smiley 2m 53.717s Patrick Racing
25 Jim McElreath McElreath Racing
26 Roger Rager Roger Rager

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

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

Wildcat ? 1981

Chevrolet

Wildcat ? 1981

Offenhauser

Eagle ? 1981

Offenhauser

Penske PC9B

Cosworth