Race Results for the 1981 Indianapolis 500

Finish Start Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Status Laps Led Winnings
1 1 3 Bobby Unser (W) Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth 139.184 200 89 $299,124
2 32 40 Mario Andretti (W) STP Oil Treatment Wildcat/Cosworth 139.029 200 12 $128,974
3 18 33 Vern Schuppan Red Roof Inns McLaren/Cosworth Running 199 0 $87,974
4 12 32 Kevin Cogan (R) Jerry O'Connell Racing Phoenix/Cosworth Running 197 0 $59,024
5 15 50 Geoff Brabham (R) Psachie/Garza/ESSO Penske/Cosworth Running 197 0 $55,684
6 23 81 Sheldon Kinser Sergio Valente Jeans Longhorn/Cosworth Running 195 0 $44,754
7 16 16 Tony Bettenhausen Jr. (R) Provimi Veal McLaren/Cosworth Running 195 0 $44,064
8 17 53 Steve Krisiloff Psachie/Garza/ESSO Penske/Cosworth Running 194 0 $39,986
9 4 20 Gordon Johncock (W) STP Oil Treatment Wildcat/Cosworth Engine 194 52 $62,501
10 28 4 Dennis Firestone Rhoades Aircraft Sales Wildcat/Cosworth Engine 193 0 $36,376
11 7 7 Bill Alsup (R) AB Dick Pacemaker Penske/Cosworth Running 193 0 $35,632
12 25 74 Michael Chandler (R) National Engineering Co. Penske/Cosworth Running 192 0 $34,116
13 3 14 A.J. Foyt (W) Valvoline-Gilmore Coyote/Cosworth Running 191 0 $35,795
14 33 84 Tim Richmond UNO/WTTV/Guarantee Auto Parnelli/Cosworth Running 191 0 $33,612
15 31 38 Jerry Karl Tonco Trailer McLaren/Chevrolet Running 189 0 $35,480
16 29 37 Scott Brayton (R) Forsythe Industries Penske/Cosworth Engine 173 0 $32,176
17 9 88 Al Unser (W) Valvoline-Longhorn Longhorn/Cosworth Running 166 0 $31,600
18 19 31 Larry Dickson Machinist Union Penske/Cosworth Piston 165 0 $30,652
19 13 35 Bob Lazier (R) Montgomery Ward Auto Club Penske/Cosworth Engine 154 0 $33,732
20 14 56 Tom Bigelow Genesee Beer Penske/Chevrolet Engine 152 0 $30,140
21 27 90 Bill Whittington Kraco Car Stereo March/Cosworth Stalled 146 0 $31,243
22 8 60 Gordon Smiley Intermedics Wildcat/Cosworth Accident 141 1 $29,240
23 6 55 Josele Garza (R) Psachie/Garza/ESSO Penske/Cosworth Accident 138 13 $40,282
24 24 79 Pete Halsmer (R) Hubler Chevrolet/KISS 99/Colonial Bread Penske/Cosworth Accident 123 0 $30,702
25 20 2 Tom Sneva Blue Poly March/Cosworth Clutch 96 25 $38,000
26 11 8 Gary Bettenhausen Hopkins Lightning/Cosworth Rod 69 0 $27,976
27 21 25 Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Interscope/Cosworth Accident 64 4 $30,380
28 10 5 Pancho Carter Alex Foods Penske/Cosworth Compression 63 0 $27,712
29 30 51 Tom Klausler (R) IDS Idea Schkee/Chevrolet Gearbox 60 0 $27,972
30 22 6 Rick Mears (W) The Gould Charge Penske/Cosworth Pit fire 58 1 $28,560
31 26 91 Don Whittington Whittington Brothers March/Cosworth Accident 32 0 $28,743
32 5 1 Johnny Rutherford (W) Pennzoil Chaparral/Cosworth Fuel pump 25 3 $29,620
33 2 48 Mike Mosley Pepsi Challenger Eagle/Chevrolet Radiator 16 0 $31,392

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