Race Results for the 1978 Indianapolis 500

Finish Start Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Status Laps Led Winnings
1 5 2 Al Unser (W) 1st National City Travelers Checks Lola/Cosworth 161.363 200 121 $290,364
2 1 1 Tom Sneva Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth 161.244 200 3 $112,704
3 6 20 Gordon Johncock (W) North American Van Lines Wildcat/DGS Running 199 0 $61,769
4 13 40 Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries Wildcat/DGS Running 198 5 $39,504
5 7 6 Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune McLaren/Cosworth Running 195 0 $35,632
6 19 48 Bobby Unser (W) ARCO Graphite Eagle/Cosworth Running 195 0 $29,478
7 20 14 A.J. Foyt (W) Gilmore Racing/Citicorp Coyote/Foyt Running 191 0 $29,628
8 23 84 George Snider Gilmore Racing/Citicorp Coyote/Foyt Running 191 0 $25,818
9 15 51 Janet Guthrie Texaco Star Wildcat/DGS Running 190 0 $24,115
10 8 16 Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks Lightning/Offy Running 186 0 $26,129
11 30 35 Larry Rice (R) Bryant Heating/WIBC Lightning/Offy Engine 186 0 $24,276
12 33 7 Mario Andretti (W) Gould Charge Penske/Cosworth Running 185 0 $23,252
13 4 4 Johnny Rutherford (W) 1st National City Travelers Checks McLaren/Cosworth Running 180 0 $31,805
14 28 88 Jerry Karl Machinists Union McLaren/Offy Running 176 0 $20,930
15 24 69 Joe Saldana (R) Mr. Wize Buys Carpet Shop Eagle/Offy Running 173 0 $20,691
16 31 98 Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer Kingfish/Offy Engine 147 0 $20,130
17 25 78 Mike Mosley Alex XLNT Foods Lightning/Offy Turbocharger 146 0 $20,247
18 2 25 Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli/Cosworth Blown engine 145 71 $33,242
19 10 17 Dick Simon La Machine Vollstedt/Offy Wheel bearing 138 0 $18,516
20 26 26 Jim McElreath Circle City Coal Eagle/Offy Engine 132 0 $19,119
21 18 43 Tom Bigelow Armstrong Mould Wildcat/DGS Rod 107 0 $18,000
22 9 80 Larry Dickson Polak/Stay-On Car Glaze Penske/Cosworth Oil pressure 104 0 $22,659
23 3 71 Rick Mears (R) CAM2 Motor Oil Penske/Cosworth Engine 103 0 $22,396
24 21 8 Pancho Carter Budweiser Lightning/Cosworth Header 92 0 $20,262
25 11 11 Roger McCluskey National Engineering Co. Eagle/AMC Clutch 82 0 $18,707
26 17 39 John Mahler Tibon Eagle/Offy Timing gear 58 0 $16,330
27 14 22 Tom Bagley (R) Kent Oil Watson/Offy Oil leak 25 0 $16,281
28 22 77 Salt Walther Dayton-Walther McLaren/Cosworth Clutch 24 0 $16,560
29 16 19 Spike Gehlhausen Hubler Chevrolet/WIRE Radio Eagle/Offy Accident 23 0 $15,968
30 29 47 Phil Threshie (R) Circle City Chevrolet/Tutweiler Cadillac Lightning/Offy Oil pressure 22 0 $15,705
31 32 30 Jerry Sneva Smock Material Handling McLaren/Offy Transmission 18 0 $18,120
32 12 24 Sheldon Kinser Thermo-King Watson/Offy Oil pressure 15 0 $15,813
33 27 29 Cliff Hucul Wendy's Hamburgers McLaren/Offy Oil line 4 0 $15,534

* - complete car name/entrant data not available for all entries
(R) - Indicated Rookie
(W) - Indicates Past Winner