Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid - 1978

Position Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Qual Speed
1 1 Tom Sneva Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth 202.156
2 25 Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli/Cosworth 200.122
3 71 Rick Mears (R) CAM2 Motor Oil Penske/Cosworth 200.078
4 4 Johnny Rutherford (W) 1st National City Travelers Checks McLaren/Cosworth 197.098
5 2 Al Unser (W) 1st National City Travelers Checks Lola/Cosworth 196.474
6 20 Gordon Johncock (W) North American Van Lines Wildcat/DGS 195.833
7 6 Wally Dallenbach Sugaripe Prune McLaren/Cosworth 195.228
8 16 Johnny Parsons 1st National City Travelers Checks Lightning/Offy 194.280
9 80 Larry Dickson Polak/Stay-On Car Glaze Penske/Cosworth 193.434
10 17 Dick Simon La Machine Vollstedt/Offy 192.967
11 11 Roger McCluskey National Engineering Co. Eagle/AMC 192.256
12 24 Sheldon Kinser Thermo-King Watson/Offy 192.051
13 40 Steve Krisiloff Foreman Industries Wildcat/DGS 191.255
14 22 Tom Bagley (R) Kent Oil Watson/Offy 190.941
15 51 Janet Guthrie Texaco Star Wildcat/DGS 190.325
16 19 Spike Gehlhausen Hubler Chevrolet/WIRE Radio Eagle/Offy 190.325
17 39 John Mahler Tibon Eagle/Offy 189.723
18 43 Tom Bigelow Armstrong Mould Wildcat/DGS 189.115
19 48 Bobby Unser (W) ARCO Graphite Eagle/Cosworth 194.658
20 14 A.J. Foyt (W) Gilmore Racing/Citicorp Coyote/Foyt 200.122
21 8 Pancho Carter Budweiser Lightning/Cosworth 196.829
22 77 Salt Walther Dayton-Walther McLaren/Cosworth 193.226
23 84 George Snider Gilmore Racing/Citicorp Coyote/Foyt 192.627
24 69 Joe Saldana (R) Mr. Wize Buys Carpet Shop Eagle/Offy 190.809
25 78 Mike Mosley Alex XLNT Foods Lightning/Offy 188.719
26 26 Jim McElreath Circle City Coal Eagle/Offy 188.058
27 29 Cliff Hucul Wendy's Hamburgers McLaren/Offy 187.803
28 88 Jerry Karl Machinists Union McLaren/Offy 187.549
29 47 Phil Threshie (R) Circle City Chevrolet/Tutweiler Cadillac Lightning/Offy 187.520
30 35 Larry Rice (R) Bryant Heating/WIBC Lightning/Offy 187.393
31 98 Gary Bettenhausen Oberdorfer Kingfish/Offy 187.324
32 30 Jerry Sneva Smock Material Handling McLaren/Offy 187.266
33 7 Mario Andretti (W) Gould Charge Penske/Cosworth 194.329