Race Results for the 1979 Indianapolis 500

Finish Start Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Status Laps Led Winnings
1 1 9 Rick Mears The Gould Charge Penske/Cosworth 158.899 200 25 $270,401
2 6 14 A.J. Foyt (W) Gilmore Racing Team Parnelli/Cosworth 158.260 200 1 $107,291
3 12 36 Mike Mosley Theodore Racing Eagle/Cosworth 158.228 200 0 $65,031
4 27 25 Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Penske/Cosworth Running 199 0 $41,197
5 4 12 Bobby Unser (W) Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth Running 199 89 $62,319
6 5 3 Gordon Johncock (W) North American Van Lines Penske/Cosworth Running 197 0 $34,815
7 13 46 Howdy Holmes (R) Armstrong Mould/Jiffy Mix Wildcat/Cosworth Running 195 0 $38,503
8 34 22 Bill Vukovich II Hubler/WNDE/Thermo-King Watson/Offy Running 194 0 $31,305
9 15 11 Tom Bagley Dairy Queen/Kent Oil Penske/Cosworth Running 193 0 $26,927
10 31 19 Spike Gehlhausen Sta-On Car Glaze/WIRE Wildcat/Cosworth Running 192 0 $26,366
11 28 7 Steve Krisiloff Frosty Acres/Winton Sales Lightning/Offy Running 192 0 $25,713
12 16 77 Salt Walther Dayton-Walther Penske/Cosworth Running 191 0 $24,739
13 25 72 Roger McCluskey National Engineering Co. McLaren/Cosworth Running 191 0 $26,392
14 30 44 Tom Bigelow Armstrong Mould Lola/Cosworth Running 190 0 $25,817
15 2 1 Tom Sneva Sugaripe Prune McLaren/Cosworth Accident 188 0 $30,578
16 26 69 Joe Saldana KBHL/Spirit of Nebraska Eagle/Offy Running 186 0 $24,467
17 29 97 Phil Threshie Guiffre Brothers Crane King/Chevrolet Running 172 0 $24,634
18 8 4 Johnny Rutherford (W) Budweiser McLaren/Cosworth Running 168 0 $30,729
19 23 31 Larry Rice S&M Electric Lightning/Offy Accident 142 0 $21,053
20 17 10 Pancho Carter Alex XLNT Foods Lightning/Offy Wheel bearing 129 0 $21,656
21 22 34 Vern Schuppan Wysard Motor Co. Wildcat/DGS Transmission 111 0 $20,537
22 3 2 Al Unser (W) Pennzoil Chaparral/Cosworth Transmission 104 85 $39,646
23 33 50 Eldon Rasmussen Vans by Bivouac/WFMS Antares/Offy Header pipe 89 0 $19,433
24 24 80 Larry Dickson Russ Polak Penske/Cosworth Fuel pump 86 0 $19,149
25 32 92 John Mahler Intercomp/Sports Magazine Eagle/Offy Fuel pump 66 0 $18,894
26 20 17 Dick Simon Sanyo Vollstedt/Offy Clutch 57 0 $19,267
27 7 6 Wally Dallenbach Foreman Industries Penske/Cosworth Lost wheel 43 0 $19,768
28 10 24 Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer Watson/Offy Piston 40 0 $18,297
29 18 29 Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing McLaren/Offy Rod 22 0 $21,605
30 11 89 Lee Kunzman Vetter Windjammer Parnelli/Cosworth Scavenger pump 18 0 $18,042
31 21 73 Jerry Sneva National Engineering Co. Spirit/AMC Piston 16 0 $18,357
32 9 15 Johnny Parsons Hopkins Lightning/Offy Piston 16 0 $18,900
33 35 59 George Snider KBHL/Spirit of Nebraska Lightning/Offy Fuel pump 7 0 $18,921
34 14 45 Janet Guthrie Texaco Star Lola/Cosworth Piston 3 0 $18,121
35 19 23 Jim McElreath Amax Coal Penske/Cosworth Valves 0 0 $18,671

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