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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1980

IROC - International Race of Champions

Once again, qualifying races were staged for the NASCAR, Indy Car and road racing drivers. In the road racing final at Riverside, Darrell Waltrip took the lead one-third of the way into the event and went on to an easy victory. Strong challengers Bobby Allison and Mario Andretti fell back to finish second and third, respectively. The oval track finale at Atlanta was one of the most memorable in series history. Seven cars were eliminated in a front-straight wreck on the second lap. As almost the entire field ran in a close pack, Andretti made contact with Waltrip, triggering the incident. Waltrip was eliminated, allowing Allison a "free shot" at the championship, which he captured by winning the race in a dogfight with Rick Mears. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 7 Champion
Bobby Allison

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Bobby Allison/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR
41
$75,000
2
Darrell Waltrip/Owensboro, KY/NASCAR
32
35,000
3
Rick Mears/Bakersfield, CA/CART
31
22,000
4
Gordon Johncock/Coldwater, MI/CART
26
21,000
5
Mario Andretti/Nazareth, PA/FIA
25
20,000
6
Johnny Rutherford/Ft. Worth, TX/CART
24
19,000
7
Neil Bonnett/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR
20
18,000
8
Don Whittington/Fort Lauderdale, FL/IMSA
15
17,000
9
Bobby Unser/Albuquerque, NM/CART
14
15,500
10
Buddy Baker/Charlotte, NC/NASCAR
14
15,500
11
Peter Gregg/Jacksonville, FL/IMSA
11
15,000
12
Clay Regazzoni/Switzerland/ FIA
9
15,000

 

NASCAR Qualifying Race

 
June 16, 1979
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Neil Bonnett
50
Running
2
8
Bobby Allison
50
Running
3
4
Darrell Waltrip
50
Running
4
6
Buddy Baker
50
Running
5
3
Cale Yarborough
50
Running
6
1
Benny Parsons
50
Running
7
7
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
8
2
Donnie Allison
4
Running

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 28 seconds
Lead Changes: 11
Average Speed: 151.963 MPH
Margin of Victory: Five feet
Qualifiers for Finals: First four finishers

 

CART Qualifying Race

 
September 15, 1979
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
3
Gordon Johncock
50
Running
2
5
Bobby Unser
50
Running
3
7
Rick Mears
50
Running
4
1
Johnny Rutherford
50
Running
5
6
Wally Dallenbach
50
Running
6
8
Mike Mosley
50
Running
7
2
Tom Sneva
50
Running
8
4
Danny Ongais
49
Running

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 15 seconds
Lead Changes: 16
Average Speed: 152.866 MPH
Margin of Victory: Two feet
Qualifiers for finals: First four finishers

 

Road Racing Qualifying Race

 
October 27, 1979
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Mario Andretti
30
Running
2
7
Peter Gregg
30
Running
3
3
Don Whittington
30
Running
4
4
Clay Regazzoni
30
Running
5
6
Alan Jones
30
Running
6
5
John Watson
23
Accident
7
8
Keke Rosberg
23
Flat tire
8
2
Emerson Fittipaldi
10
Brakes

 

Time of Race: 48 minutes, 59.5 seconds
Lead Changes: 3
Average Speed: 93.577 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.15 seconds

Yellow Flags: Lap 18, debris; Lap 22, Jones spin; Lap 24, Watson accident

Qualifiers for Finals: First four finishers

 

Roag Racing Final

 
October 28, 1979
Riverside International Raceway
Riverside, California
2.54-mile road course, 30 laps, 76.2 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Darrell Waltrip
30
Running
2
5
Bobby Allison
30
Running
3
3
Mario Andretti
30
Running
4
9
Rick Mears
30
Running
5
2
Gordon Johncock
30
Running
6
12
Johnny Rutherford
30
Running
7
1
Neil Bonnett
30
Running
8
11
Buddy Baker
30
Running
9
4
Bobby Unser
30
Running
10
10
Clay Regazzoni
30
Running
11
6
Peter Gregg
25
Running
12
8
Don Whittington
26
Oil pump

 

Time of Race: 45 minutes, 24.465 seconds
Lead Changes: 4
Margin of Victory: 1.48 seconds

 

Oval Final

 
March 15, 1980
Atlanta International Raceway
Hampton, Georgia
1.522-mile, high-banked oval, 66 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
2
Bobby Allison
66
Running
2
4
Rick Mears
66
Running
3
6
Johnny Rutherford
66
Running
4
5
Gordon Johncock
66
Running
5
12
Don Whittington
41
Accident
6
1
Darrell Waltrip
2
Accident
7
7
Neil Bonnett
2
Accident
8
3
Mario Andretti
2
Accident
9
8
Buddy Baker
2
Accident
10
9
Bobby Unser
2
Accident
11
11
Peter Gregg
2
Accident
12
10
Clay Regazzoni
2
Accident

 

Time of Race: Unavailable
Lead Changes: 23
Margin of Victory: One car length
Yellow Flags: 2
Red Flags: 2