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USAC National Championship 1979 standings

Championship points standings for the USAC National Championship 1979

PositionDriverTeamCarEngineTyresPoints
1.Flag A.J. FoytGilmore RacingParnelli (Cosworth TC)
Coyote (Foyt TC)


3320
2.Flag Billy (William John) Vukovich JrLeader CardWatson (Offenhauser TC)
1770
3.Flag Tom BigelowArmstrong MoldingLola 79 (Cosworth TC)
1305
4.Flag Larry DicksonThunder Racing, Russell Polak RacingMcLaren (Offenhauser TC)
Penske PC-5 (Cosworth TC)
Penske PC-6 (Cosworth TC)




1225
5.Flag Gary BettenhausenArmstrong Molding, OberdorferKing (Chevrolet)
Wildcat (DGS)
Wildcat (Offenhauser TC)




1008
6.Flag Jim McElreathMcElreath RacingPenske PC-6 (Cosworth TC)
Eagle (Offenhauser TC)


975
7.Flag Jerry SnevaShade Tree Racing, National EngineeringEagle (Chevrolet)
Spirit 78 (AMC V8)
Eagle (Offenhauser TC)




851
8.Flag Dick SimonVollstedt RacingVollstedt (Offenhauser TC)
766
9.Flag Roger McCluskeyNational Engineering, Armstrong Moulding McLaren (Cosworth TC)
Lola (Cosworth TC)


716
10.Flag Sheldon KinserLeader CardsWatson (Offenhauser TC)
673
11.Flag Cliff HuculHucul RacingMcLaren (Offenhauser TC)
653
12.Flag Howdy HolmesArmstrong MouldingWildcat (Offenhauser TC)
Wildcat (DGS)


600
13.Flag Johnny Parsons Jr.Hopkins RacingLightning (Offenhauser TC)
Lightning (DGS)


598
14.Flag George SniderArmstrong Moulding, Hopkins Racing, Vollstedt Racing, OberdorferKing (Chevrolet)
Vollstedt (AMC)
Lightning (Offenhauser TC)
Lola (Cosworth TC)






361
15.Flag Female Janet GuthrieTexaco Star Lola 79 (Cosworth TC)
Lola 79 (Offenhauser TC)


225
16.Flag Frank WeissB.M.Manta (Offenhauser TC)
218
17.Flag Tony Bettenhausen, Jr.Tilton Corp.Eagle (Chevrolet)
McLaren (Offenhauser TC)


185
18.Flag Dana CarterMolly-Mate, Shade Tree RacingEagle (Offenhauser TC)
McLaren (Offenhauser TC)
Marathon (Cosworth)




165
19.Flag Phil ThreshieAgajanian Racing, McElreath RacingKing 76 (Chevrolet)
Eagle (Cosworth TC)


153
20.Flag Al LoquastoMcLaren (Offenhauser TC)
150
21.Flag Todd GibsonGibson RacingEagle (Offenahuser TC)
130
22.Flag Jerry KarlTonco TrailerMcLaren (Offenhauser TC)
113
23.Flag Herm JohnsonMergard RacingEagle (Offenhauser TC)
100
24.Flag Eldon RasmussenRent-A-Racer, BFMRascar (Foyt)
Antares (Offenhauser TC)
Rascar (Chevrolet)




85
25.Flag Jerry W. MillerAgajanian RacingKing 76 (Chevrolet)
80
26.Flag Roger RagerAdvance CleanEagle (Chevrolet)
Eagle (Cosworth TC)


65
27.Flag Dick FergusonMolly-MateEagle (Offenhauser TC)
48
28.Flag John MartinVollstedt (Offenhauser TC)
McLaren (Offenhauser TC)


30
29.Flag Bob HarkeyHunt Magneto, VollstedtEagle (Offenhauser TC)
Vollstedt (AMC)


23
30.Flag Bill PuterbaughSSTCicada (Offenhauser TC)
16
31.Flag Ken NicholsFiore RacingMcLaren (Offenhauser TC)
10
32.Flag Jan SnevaMarathon (Chevrolet)
8
Flag Danny OngaisInterscope RacingParnelli (Cosworth TC)
0
Driver
Number
Most race winsFlag A.J. Foyt
5
Most pole positionsFlag A.J. Foyt
5
Most podium positionsFlag A.J. Foyt
6
Most podium positions without a winFlag Billy (William John) Vukovich Jr
3
Flag Tom Bigelow
3
Youngest driverFlag Jan Sneva
25 y/o
Oldest driverFlag Jim McElreath
51 y/o

Nationality of participating drivers

%CountryDriversNumber
90.9%U.S.A.Flag Tony Bettenhausen, Jr., A.J. Foyt, Billy (William John) Vukovich Jr, Sheldon Kinser, Roger Rager, Ken Nichols, Danny Ongais, Dick Ferguson, Howdy Holmes, Herm Johnson, Tom Bigelow, Jim McElreath, Jerry Karl, Dick Simon, Jerry Sneva, Jan Sneva, John Martin, Bill Puterbaugh, Todd Gibson, Johnny Parsons Jr., George Snider, Phil Threshie, Larry Dickson, Jerry W. Miller, Dana Carter, Al Loquasto, Roger McCluskey, Bob Harkey, Janet Guthrie, Gary Bettenhausen30
9.1%CanadaFlag Cliff Hucul, Frank Weiss, Eldon Rasmussen3

Individual driver statistics for the 1979 USAC National Championship

DriverAgeRacesWinsPodiumsPolesFastest laps
Bettenhausen, GaryFlag 37 y/o6010
Bettenhausen, Jr., TonyFlag 27 y/o5000
Bigelow, TomFlag 39 y/o7031
Carter, DanaFlag 26 y/o4000
Dickson, LarryFlag 40 y/o6020
Ferguson, DickFlag 30 y/o2000
Foyt, A.J.Flag 44 y/o7565
Gibson, ToddFlag 42 y/o2000
Guthrie, JanetFlag 41 y/o3000
Harkey, BobFlag 49 y/o2000
Holmes, HowdyFlag 31 y/o2000
Hucul, CliffFlag 30 y/o7000
Johnson, HermFlag 26 y/o1000
Karl, JerryFlag 38 y/o5000
Kinser, SheldonFlag 36 y/o7010
Loquasto, AlFlag 39 y/o1000
Martin, JohnFlag 40 y/o2000
McCluskey, RogerFlag 48 y/o6110
McElreath, JimFlag 51 y/o5010
Miller, Jerry W.Flag 36 y/o1000
Nichols, KenFlag 32 y/o1000
Ongais, DannyFlag 37 y/o10000
Parsons Jr., JohnnyFlag 34 y/o6010
Puterbaugh, BillFlag 43 y/o2000
Rager, RogerFlag 30 y/o3000
Rasmussen, EldonFlag 42 y/o4000
Simon, DickFlag 45 y/o6000
Sneva, JanFlag 25 y/o1000
Sneva, JerryFlag 30 y/o7000
Snider, GeorgeFlag 38 y/o6000
Threshie, PhilFlag 26 y/o4000
Vukovich Jr, Billy (William John)Flag 35 y/o7030
Weiss, FrankFlag 34 y/o4000
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