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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1989

IROC - International Race of Champions

IROC 13 was the most competitive since the series' "rebirth" with four different winners and 24 official lead changes in four races. In the opener at Daytona International Speedway -- IROC's 50th event -- Rusty Wallace became the first driver to win after starting last (passing eight cars on lap one alone). Round 2, at Pennsylvania International Raceway, was IROC's first contest on a one-mile "short" oval. Danny Sullivan was the winner. Terry Labonte moved atop the point standings with his initial IROC triumph in Race 3 at Michigan International Speedway. In the finale at Watkins Glen, N.Y., Labonte placed third to clinch the title as Al Unser Jr. scored his fifth career series victory, tying Cale Yarborough as IROC's all-time leader. He also became the first IROC driver to top the half-million dollar mark in total prize money. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 13 Champion
Terry Labonte

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Terry Labonte/Thomasville, NC/NASCAR
72
$204,900
2
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
60
92,500
3
Rusty Wallace/Charlotte, NC/NASCAR
58
66,200
4
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
57
58,900
5
Scott Pruett/Roseville, CA/IMSA
51
55,700
6
Bill Elliott/Dawsonville, GA/NASCAR
38
52,000
7
A. J. Foyt/Houston, TX/CART
36
54,000
8
Danny Sullivan/Aspen, CO/CART
35
49,400
9
Hurley Haywood/Ponte Vedra, FL/SCCA
31
46,000
10
* Geoff Brabham/Noblesville, IN/IMSA
24
44,400
11
Rick Mears/Bakersfield, CA/CART
24
42,100
12
Richard Petty/Randleman, NC/NASCAR
16
40,400
  * Tiebreaker, higher finishing position in final race

 

Race One

 
February 17, 1989
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
12
Rusty Wallace
40
Running
2
5
Terry Labonte
40
Running
3
7
Dale Earnhardt
40
Running
4
10
Al Unser Jr.
40
Running
5
3
Bill Elliott
40
Running
6
9
Hurley Haywood
40
Running
7
2
A. J. Foyt
40
Running
8
1
Rick Mears
40
Running
9
6
Richard Petty
40
Running
10
8
Scott Pruett
40
Running
11
11
Geoff Brabham
40
Running
12
4
Danny Sullivan
39
Running

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 37 seconds
Average Speed: 183.955 MPH
Margin of Victory: one Camaro length
Caution Flags : None
Lead Changes: 9 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Mears, 1; Petty, 2-4; Earnhardt, 5-20;
Unser Jr., 21-25; Labonte, 26; Wallace, 27; Labonte, 28-30; Earnhardt, 31-34; Labonte, 35-36; Wallace, 37-40

 

Race Two

 
April 29, 1989
Pennsylvania International Raceway
Nazareth, Pennsylvania
One-mile oval, 75 laps, 75 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Danny Sullivan
75
Running
2
3
Scott Pruett
75
Running
3
11
Rusty Wallace
75
Running
4
9
Al Unser Jr.
75
Running
5
4
A. J. Foyt
75
Running
6
10
Terry Labonte
74
Running
7
8
Dale Earnhardt
74
Running
8
12
* Geoff Brabham
74
Running
9
7
Hurley Haywood
74
Running
10
5
Rick Mears
74
Running
11
6
Bill Elliott
73
Running
12
2
Richard Petty
73
Running
  *Went to back up car and back of field

 

Time of Race: 45 minutes, 40 seconds
Average Speed: 98.540 MPH
Margin of Victory: 13.45 seconds
Caution Flags: 3 - Caution laps do not count
Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Sullivan, 1; Pruett, 2-15; Foyt, 16-36; Wallace, 37-40; Foyt, 41-59; Pruett, 60-62; Sullivan, 63-75.
Lap Leader Totals: Foyt led twice for 40 laps; Pruett led twice for 17 laps; Sullivan led twice for 14 laps; and Wallace led once for 4 laps.

 

Race Three

 
August 5, 1989
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
11
Terry Labonte
50
Running
2
10
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
3
12
Rusty Wallace
50
Running
4
4
Bill Elliott
50
Running
5
7
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
6
8
Scott Pruett
50
Running
7
6
A. J. Foyt
50
Running
8
5
Hurley Haywood
50
Running
9
3
Rick Mears
50
Running
10
9
Danny Sullivan
50
Running
11
1
Richard Petty
50
Running
12
2
Geoff Brabham
50
Running

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 53.539 seconds
Average Speed: 158.343 MPH
Margin of Victory: .465 seconds
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Richard Petty, 1; Dale Earnhardt, 2-3; Geoff Brabham, 4-7; Terry Labonte, 8-25; Earnhardt, 26-29; Rusty Wallace, 30-32; Labonte, 33-40; Earnhardt, 41-43; Labonte, 44-50.
Lap Leader Totals: Labonte led 3 times for 33 laps;
Earnhardt led 3 times for 9 laps; Brabham led once for 4 laps; Wallace led once for 3 laps; Petty led once for 1 lap.

 

Race Four

 
August 12, 1989
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, New York
2.428-mile road course, 30 laps, 72.84 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
4
Al Unser Jr.
30
Running
2
5
Scott Pruett
30
Running
3
1
Terry Labonte
30
Running
4
8
Bill Elliott
30
Running
5
3
Dale Earnhardt
30
Running
6
9
Hurley Haywood
30
Running
7
12
Geoff Brabham
30
Running
8
2
Rusty Wallace
30
Running
9
10
Rick Mears
29
Running
10
6
A. J. Foyt
28
Running
11
7
Danny Sullivan
27
Running
12
11
Richard Petty
17
Accident

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 8 seconds
Average Speed: 111.680 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.3 seconds
Caution Flags: 0
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Labonte, 1-10; Unser Jr., 11-30