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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1991

IROC - International Race of Champions

IROC returned to its traditional four-race format and began at Daytona with Indy Car driver Scott Pruett winning in only his second start after recovering from severe leg and foot injuries. After that, it was all Rusty Wallace's show, with victories at Talladega, Michigan and Watkins Glen, to claim his first IROC championship. Which is not to say the competition wasn't intense. There were 13 lead changes at Daytona, eight at Talladega and six at Michigan (including six different leaders in the first 21 laps). Wallace led all the way at Watkins Glen to become the first driver to win three straight IROC events in the series' 15-year history. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 15 Champion
Rusty Wallace

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Rusty Wallace/Concord, NC/NASCAR
86
$175,000
2
Bill Elliott/Dawsonville, GA/NASCAR
64
65,000
3
Mark Martin/Jamestown, NC/NASCAR
56
55,000
4
Scott Pruett/Roseville, CA/CART
51
50,000
5
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
47
45,000
6
Al Unser/Albuquerque, NM/CART
37
40,000
7
Geoff Brabham/Manalapan, FL/IMSA
30
40,000
8
Geoff Bodine/Julian, NC/NASCAR
29
40,000
9
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
27
40,000
10
Bob Wollek/Strasbourg, France/WSPC
25
40,000
11
* Tom Kendall/La Canada, CA/IMSA
24
40,000
12
Dorsey Schroeder/Ballwin, MO/IMSA
16
40,000
  * Injured, competed only in first two events.

 

Race One

 
February 15, 1991
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Scott Pruett
40
Running
2
7
Bill Elliott
40
Running
3
11
Al Unser
40
Running
4
6
Al Unser Jr.
40
Running
5
3
Tommy Kendall
40
Running
6
9
Geoff Bodine
40
Running
7
10
Mark Martin
40
Running
8
1
Geoff Brabham
40
Running
9
8
Dorsey Schroeder
40
Running
10
12
Rusty Wallace
40
Running
11
4
Bob Wollek
37
Accident
12
2
Dale Earnhardt
13
Accident

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 31 seconds
Average Speed: 184.521 MPH
Margin of Victory: One car length
Caution Flags : 2 (Earnhardt spin; Wollek spin).
Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 14 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt, 1-4; Wallace, 5; Martin, 6;
Wallace, 7-8; Pruett, 9-10; Wallace, 11; Martin, 12-13;
Unser Jr., 14-18; Wallace, 19-23; Elliott, 24-25; Pruett, 26-30; Martin, 31; Elliott, 32-33; Pruett, 34-40.
Lap Leader Totals: Pruett led three times for 14 laps; Wallace led four times for nine laps; Unser Jr. led once for five laps; Earnhardt led once for four laps; Martin led three times for four laps; Elliott led twice for four laps.

 

Race Two

 
May 4, 1991
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
3
Rusty Wallace
38
Running
2
11
Bill Elliott
38
Running
3
6
Mark Martin
38
Running
4
12
Scott Pruett
38
Running
5
5
Geoff Brabham
38
Running
6
10
Al Unser
38
Running
7
8
Tom Kendall
38
Running
8
2
Bob Wollek
37
Running
9
1
Dale Earnhardt
36
Running
10
9
Al Unser Jr.
5
Accident
11
4
Dorsey Schroeder
4
Accident
12
7
Geoff Bodine
3
Accident

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 16 seconds
Average Speed: 187.958 MPH
Margin of Victory: One car length
Caution Flags: 2 (Bodine accident; Schroeder-Unser Jr.-Earnhardt accident). Laps do not count.
*Race was red flagged for two hours at the completion of lap three due to rain.
Lead Changes: 9 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Wallace, 1-2; Earnhardt, 3-4; Wallace, 5; Pruett, 6; Martin, 7-10; Elliott, 11-14; Wallace, 15-18; Kendall, 19-20; Wallace, 21-38.
Lap Leader Totals: Wallace led four times for 25 laps; Elliott led once for four laps; Martin led once for four laps; Earnhardt led once for two laps; Kendall led once for two laps; Pruett led once for one lap.

 

Race Three

 
August 3, 1991
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
9
Rusty Wallace
50
Running
2
10
Bill Elliott
50
Running
3
6
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
4
8
Mark Martin
50
Running
5
4
Geoff Bodine
50
Running
6
11
Scott Pruett
50
Running
7
7
Al Unser
50
Running
8
3
Bob Wollek
50
Running
9
1
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
10
5
Geoff Brabham
50
Running
11
2
Dorsey Schroeder
50
Running
12
DNS
Tom Kendall
0
Did not start

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 47.800 seconds
Average Speed: 158.744 MPH
Margin of Victory: .200 seconds
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 6 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt, 1; Martin, 2-5; Bodine, 6-9;
Unser Jr., 10-11; Wallace, 12-20; Elliott, 21-22; Wallace, 23-50.
Lap Leader Totals: Wallace led twice for 37 laps;
Martin led once for four laps; Bodine led once for four laps; Unser Jr. led once for two laps; Elliott led once for two laps; Earnhardt led once for one lap.

 

Race Four

 
August 10, 1991
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, New York
2.428-mile road course, 30 laps, 72.84 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Rusty Wallace
30
Running
2
4
Mark Martin
30
Running
3
11
* Al Unser Jr.
30
Running
4
9
Dale Earnhardt
30
Running
5
2
Bill Elliott
30
Running
6
10
Dorsey Schroeder
30
Running
7
7
Geoff Brabham
30
Running
8
8
Bob Wollek
30
Running
9
5
Al Unser
29
Running
10
6
Geoff Bodine
28
Running
11
3
Scott Pruett
20
Mechanical
12
DNS
Tom Kendall
0
Did not start
  * Started backup car in 11th position (from fifth on original grid) due to first lap accident.

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 12 seconds
Average Speed: 111.490 MPH
Margin of Victory: .15 second
Caution Flags: Al Unser Jr. accident, lap one (laps do not count). Complete restart
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Wallace, 1-30