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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1987

IROC - International Race of Champions

IROC began its second 10 years with series "rookie" Geoff Bodine capturing Race 1 at Daytona, only the third driver ever to win his first IROC start. Bodine benefitted from a multi-car accident that eliminated Al Unser and Scott Pruett and slowed Mario Andretti and Wally Dallenbach Jr. In Race 2 at Mid-Ohio, Bobby Rahal played a waiting game, which paid off with a victory. Rahal avoided a three-car, first-turn accident and took the lead from pole-sitter Michael Andretti with nine laps to go. In Race 3 at Michigan, Al Unser Jr. scored his first major oval-track triumph, passing Darrell Waltrip in the final turn. "Little Al," with only five laps of practice, swapped the top spot with Waltrip throughtout the event. Bodine finished third, putting him on the pole for the final event at Watkins Glen, with Unser Jr. alongside. The NASCAR star got the jump at the green flag and led all the way to take the $191,900 title. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 11 Champion
Geoff Bodine

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Geoff Bodine/Julian, NC/NASCAR
76
$191,900
2
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
65
90,400
3
Bobby Rahal/Dublin, OH/CART
51
57,800
4
Wally Dallenbach Jr./Basalt, CO/SCCA
43
43,400
5
Darrell Waltrip/Franklin, TN/NASCAR
42
44,500
6
Bill Elliott/Dawsonville, GA/NASCAR
38
34,400
7
Michael Andretti/Nazareth, PA/CART
33
35,000
8
Scott Pruett/Roseville, CA/IMSA
32
29,000
9
Mario Andretti/Nazareth, PA/CART
31
28,100
10
Dale Earnhardt/Doolie, NC/NASCAR
30
30,000
11
Al Unser/Albuquerque, NM/CART
27
26,000
12
Derek Bell/England/FISA
27
25,000

 

Race One

 
February 13, 1987
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Geoff Bodine
40
Running
2
8
Dale Earnhardt
40
Running
3
1
Darrell Waltrip
40
Running
4
4
Bill Elliott
40
Running
5
7
Al Unser Jr.
40
Running
6
2
Wally Dallenbach Jr
39
Running
7
6
Mario Andretti
35
Running
8
12
Bobby Rahal
31
Running
9
3
Derek Bell
30
Engine
10
10
Al Unser
16
Accident
11
9
Scott Pruett
16
Accident
12
11
Michael Andretti
1
Accident

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 40 seconds
Average Speed: 183.673 MPH
Margin of Victory: one Camaro length
Caution Flags : 3 (Michael Andretti-Rahal accident;
Unser-Pruett-Dallenbach Jr.- Mario Andretti accident; Bell blown engine)
Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Dallenbach Jr., 1-4; Elliott, 5: Mario Andretti, 6; Elliott, 7-19; Bodine, 20-40

 

Race Two

 
June 6, 1987
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, Ohio
2.4-mile road course, 29 laps, 69.6 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Bobby Rahal
29
Running
2
7
Wally Dallenbach Jr.
29
Running
3
1
Michael Andretti
29
Running
4
8
Al Unser Jr.
29
Running
5
12
Geoff Bodine
29
Running
6
4
Derek Bell
29
Running
7
9
Bill Elliott
29
Running
8
6
Mario Andretti
29
Running
9
2
Scott Pruett
29
Running
10
3
Al Unser
29
Running
11
11
Dale Earnhardt
29
Running
12
10
Darrell Waltrip
23
Spun

 

Time of Race: 48 minutes, 43.618 seconds
Average Speed: 85.702 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.7 seconds
Caution Flags: No full course yellows
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Michael Andretti, 1-20; Rahal, 21-29

 

Race Three

 
August 1, 1987
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
2
5
Darrell Waltrip
50
Running
3
12
Geoff Bodine
50
Running
4
10
Wally Dallenbach Jr.
50
Running
5
2
Scott Pruett
50
Running
6
1
Al Unser
50
Running
7
4
Derek Bell
50
Running
8
3
Mario Andretti
50
Running
9
11
Bobby Rahal
50
Running
10
9
Bill Elliott
50
Running
11
8
Michael Andretti
47
Running
12
6
Dale Earnhardt
12
Accident

 

Time of Race: 38 minutes, 53.44 seconds
Average Speed: 155.633 MPH
Margin of Victory: .03 seconds
Caution Flags: One (Earnhardt-Michael Andretti accident)
Lead Changes: 6 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Waltrip, 1-5; Unser Jr., 6-12; Waltrip, 13-16; Unser Jr., 17-34; Waltrip, 35-49; Unser Jr., 50

 

Race Four

 
August 8, 1987
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, New York
2.428-mile road course, 30 laps, 72.84 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Geoff Bodine
30
Running
2
2
Al Unser Jr.
30
Running
3
5
Bobby Rahal
30
Running
4
11
Scott Pruett
30
Running
5
6
Bill Elliott
30
Running
6
10
Mario Andretti
30
Running
7
12
Al Unser
30
Running
8
7
Michael Andretti
30
Running
9
8
Dale Earnhardt
30
Running
10
4
Darrell Waltrip
29
Running
11
9
Derek Bell
29
Running
12
3
Wally Dallenbach Jr.
18
Accident

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 34 seconds
Average Speed: 110.457 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.02 seconds
Caution Flags: No full course yellows
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Bodine, 1-30