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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1986

IROC - International Race of Champions

IROC completed its first decade with its youngest champion in series history. Al Unser Jr., at age 23, earned his invitation by finished second--by one point--to his father in the 1985 CART/PPG Indy Car World Series standings. However, it was "Big Al" who came home a winner in Race 1, when leader Harry Gant was eliminated with mechanical problems 8 laps from the finish. Bill Elliott and Cale Yarborough failed to pass Unser with traditional Daytona "slingshot" moves on the last lap. In Race 2 at Mid-Ohio, Unser Jr.--now 24 --out-dragged Rahal going into turn one and led all the way as the elder Unser came from last to finish fifth. In Race 3 at Talladega, Yarborough won a record fifth IROC event after passing Rick Mears on the ninth lap. Yarborough led the point totals going into the last race at Watkins Glen, but quickly faded. Unser seemed headed for his second IROC title until an accident, while leading, eliminated him midway through the race. "Little Al" passed Elliott one lap later, and then held him off in a spectacular final-lap battle to earn the IROC championship . . . the third member of the Unser family to do so. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 10 Champion
Al Unser Jr.

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
62
$164,100
2
Bill Elliott/Dawsonville, GA/NASCAR
59
82,100
3
Cale Yarborough/Sardis, NC/NASCAR
57
60,900
4
Al Unser/Albuquerque, NM/CART
51
47,400
5
Darrell Waltrip/Franklin, TN/NASCAR
48
39,000
6
Harry Gant/Taylorsville, NC/NASCAR
42
36,000
7
Bobby Rahal/Dublin, OH/CART
37
29,000
8
* Klaus Ludwig/Bonn, W. Germany/FISA
29
25,000
9
Hans Stuck/Zierwaldweg, W. Germany/FISA
29
24,000
10
* Hurley Haywood/Ponte Vedra, FL/IMSA
28
23,000
11
Jochen Mass/St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France/FISA
28
22,000
12
Rick Mears/Reading, PA/CART
25
20,800
  * Tiebreaker, higher finishing position in final race 

 

Race One

 
February 14, 1986
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
4
Al Unser
40
Running
2
8
Cale Yarborough
40
Running
3
12
Bill Elliott
40
Running
4
2
Hurley Haywood
40
Running
5
5
Klaus Ludwig
40
Running
6
7
Hans Stuck
39
Running
7
11
Darrell Waltrip
39
Running
8
1
Harry Gant
32
Fuel press.
9
6
Rick Mears
25
Accident
10
10
Jochen Mass
4
Accident
11
3
Al Unser Jr.
4
Accident
12
9
Bobby Rahal
4
Accident

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 4 seconds
Average Speed: 181.452 MPH
Margin of Victory: 40 feet
Caution Flags : 2, Mass-Unser Jr-Rahal accident; Mears accident
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Gant, 1-30; Unser, 31-40

 

Race Two

 
June 7, 1986
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, Ohio
2.4-mile road course, 29 laps, 69.6 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
2
Al Unser Jr.
29
Running
2
1
Bobby Rahal
29
Running
3
6
Darrell Waltrip
29
Running
4
10
Bill Elliott
29
Running
5
12
Al Unser
29
Running
6
5
Harry Gant
29
Running
7
3
Jochen Mass
29
Running
8
7
Hans Stuck
29
Running
9
8
Klaus Ludwig
29
Running
10
11
Cale Yarborough
29
Running
11
9
Hurley Haywood
29
Running
12
4
4 Rick Mears
29
Running

 

Time of Race: 49 minutes, 53.218 seconds
Average Speed: 80.823 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.870 seconds
Caution Flags: No full course yellows
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Unser Jr., 1-29

 

Race Three

 
July 26, 1986
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Cale Yarborough
38
Running
2
6
Harry Gant
38
Running
3
9
Bill Elliott
38
Running
4
8
Darrell Waltrip
38
Running
5
2
Jochen Mass
38
Running
6
11
Al Unser
38
Running
7
10
Al Unser Jr
38
Running
8
1
Rick Mears
38
Running
9
4
Hans Stuck
38
Running
10
5
Bobby Rahal
38
Running
11
3
Hurley Haywood
38
Running
12
12
*Klaus Ludwig
38
Running
  *Did not practice--moved from fourth to 12th on grid

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 4 seconds
Average Speed: 183.411 MPH
Margin of Victory: one Camaro length
Caution Flags: No full course yellows
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Mears, 1-8; Yarborough, 9-38

 

Race Four

 
August 9, 1986
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, New York
2.428-mile road course, 30 laps, 72.84 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Al Unser Jr.
30
Running
2
3
Bill Elliott
30
Running
3
6
Darrell Waltrip
30
Running
4
7
Bobby Rahal
30
Running
5
12
Klaus Ludwig
30
Running
6
1
Cale Yarborough
30
Running
7
10
Hurley Haywood
30
Running
8
9
Hans Stuck
30
Running
9
11
Rick Mears
30
Running
10
8
Jochen Mass
29
Running
11
4
Harry Gant
29
Running
12
2
Al Unser
18
Accident

 

Time of Race: 40 minutes, 5 seconds
Average Speed: 109.078 MPH
Margin of Victory: three Camaro lengths
Caution Flags: No full course yellows
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Unser, 1-15; Elliott, 16; Unser Jr., 17-30