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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1985

IROC - International Race of Champions

For the first time in IROC history, the series champion was determined in a tiebreaker after the last race, with Harry Gant winning over Darrell Waltrip. In Race 1, it was Waltrip who came out on top, in one of the wildest finishes in racing history. Waltrip started 11th and was running fourth exiting the last turn when Tom Sneva touched the rear of Cale Yarborough's car, knocking Yarborough into leader A. J. Foyt. Those three, along with Bobby Rahal, spun, clearing a path for Waltrip to the checkered flag. In Race 2 at Mid-Ohio, Mario Andretti led from the pole until Rahal bumped him in a passing attempt less than two laps from the finish. Andretti spun off course, and Rahal went on to win at his "home" track. Race 3 at Talladega was rained out. Gant came into the last race at Michigan ninth in the point totals but led the most laps and retook the lead from Terry Labonte on the last lap to gain the victory. Waltrip finished fourth and both he and Gant had scored 45 points. Under IROC rules, Gant was declared champion because he finished higher in the final race. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 9 Champion
Harry Gant

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
* Harry Gant/Taylorsville, NC/NASCAR
45
$158,200
2
Darrell Waltrip/Franklin, TN/NASCAR
45
80,400
3
Bobby Rahal/Dublin, OH/CART
40
55,100
4
Tom Sneva/Paradise Valley, AZ/CART
32
43,000
5
* Terry Labonte/Archdale, NC/NASCAR
31
39,300
6
Derek Bell/England/FISA
31
30,000
7
John Watson/N. Ireland/FISA
30
29,000
8
Cale Yarborough/Sardis, SC/NASCAR
29
27,400
9
A. J. Foyt/Houston, TX/CART
28
29,500
10
Jochen Mass/St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France/FISA
27
23,000
11
# Mario Andretti/Nazareth, PA/CART
25
26,700
12
Tom Gloy/Lafayette, CA/SCCA
13
20,000

* Tiebreaker, higher finish in final race
# Injured, did not compete in final race

 

 

Race One

 
February 15, 1985
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high banked tri-oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
11
Darrell Waltrip
40
Running
2
6
Tom Sneva
40
Running
3
9
A. J. Foyt
40
Running
4
4
Derek Bell
40
Running
5
12
Harry Gant
40
Running
6
7
Cale Yarborough
40
Running
7
8
Jochen Mass
40
Running
8
1
John Watson
40
Running
9
3
Bobby Rahal
39
Accident
10
5
Terry Labonte
39
Running
11
10
Tom Gloy
15
Accident
12
2
Mario Andretti
5
Mechanical

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 55 seconds
Average Speed: 182.278 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3 seconds
Caution Flags : 1, Gloy accident
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Yarborough, 1-4; Foyt, 5-39;
Waltrip, 40

 

Race Two

 
June 8, 1985
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, Ohio
2.4-mile road course, 29 laps, 69.6 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
4
Bobby Rahal
29
Running
2
5
John Watson
29
Running
3
1
Mario Andretti
29
Running
4
6
Jochen Mass
29
Running
5
9
Derek Bell
29
Running
6
8
Harry Gant
29
Running
7
12
Darrell Waltrip
29
Running
8
11
Tom Sneva
29
Running
9
3
Terry Labonte
29
Running
10
10
A. J. Foyt
29
Running
11
2
Tom Gloy
29
Running
12
7
Cale Yarborough
29
Running

 

Time of Race: 49 minutes, 30 seconds
Average Speed: 84.363 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.4 seconds
Caution Flags: no full-course yellows
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Andretti, 1-27, Rahal, 28-29

 

Race Three

 
July 27, 1985
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

         
Race cancelled due to all-day rain.

 

Race Four

 
August 10, 1985
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
8
Harry Gant
50
Running
2
10
Terry Labonte
50
Running
3
9
Cale Yarborough
50
Running
4
1
Darrell Waltrip
50
Running
5
2
Bobby Rahal
50
Running
6
6
Derek Bell
50
Running
7
3
Tom Sneva
50
Running
8
7
Jochen Mass
50
Running
9
4
John Watson
50
Running
10
11
Tom Gloy
49
Running
11
5
A. J. Foyt
27
Mechanical
12
DNS
Mario Andretti
0
Didn't start

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 9 seconds
Average Speed: 153.257 MPH
Margin of Victory: 4 feet
Lead Changes: 8 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Waltrip, 1-4; Labonte, 5-9;
Gant, 10-29; Labonte, 30-35; Gant, 36-43;
Labonte, 44; Gant, 45-48; Labonte, 49; Gant, 50