Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid - 1979

Position Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Qual Speed
1 9 Rick Mears The Gould Charge Penske/Cosworth 193.736
2 1 Tom Sneva Sugaripe Prune McLaren/Cosworth 192.998
3 2 Al Unser (W) Pennzoil Chaparral/Cosworth 192.503
4 12 Bobby Unser (W) Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth 189.913
5 3 Gordon Johncock (W) North American Van Lines Penske/Cosworth 189.753
6 14 A.J. Foyt (W) Gilmore Racing Team Parnelli/Cosworth 189.613
7 6 Wally Dallenbach Foreman Industries Penske/Cosworth 188.285
8 4 Johnny Rutherford (W) Budweiser McLaren/Cosworth 188.137
9 15 Johnny Parsons Hopkins Lightning/Offy 187.813
10 24 Sheldon Kinser Genesee Beer Watson/Offy 186.674
11 89 Lee Kunzman Vetter Windjammer Parnelli/Cosworth 186.403
12 36 Mike Mosley Theodore Racing Eagle/Cosworth 186.278
13 46 Howdy Holmes (R) Armstrong Mould/Jiffy Mix Wildcat/Cosworth 185.864
14 45 Janet Guthrie Texaco Star Lola/Cosworth 185.720
15 11 Tom Bagley Dairy Queen/Kent Oil Penske/Cosworth 185.414
16 77 Salt Walther Dayton-Walther Penske/Cosworth 184.162
17 10 Pancho Carter Alex XLNT Foods Lightning/Offy 185.806
18 29 Cliff Hucul Hucul Racing McLaren/Offy 186.200
19 23 Jim McElreath Amax Coal Penske/Cosworth 185.833
20 17 Dick Simon Sanyo Vollstedt/Offy 185.071
21 73 Jerry Sneva National Engineering Co. Spirit/AMC 184.379
22 34 Vern Schuppan Wysard Motor Co. Wildcat/DGS 184.341
23 31 Larry Rice S&M Electric Lightning/Offy 184.219
24 80 Larry Dickson Russ Polak Penske/Cosworth 184.181
25 72 Roger McCluskey National Engineering Co. McLaren/Cosworth 183.908
26 69 Joe Saldana KBHL/Spirit of Nebraska Eagle/Offy 188.778
27 25 Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Penske/Cosworth 188.009
28 7 Steve Krisiloff Frosty Acres/Winton Sales Lightning/Offy 186.287
29 97 Phil Threshie Guiffre Brothers Crane King/Chevrolet 185.854
30 44 Tom Bigelow Armstrong Mould Lola/Cosworth 185.147
31 19 Spike Gehlhausen Sta-On Car Glaze/WIRE Wildcat/Cosworth 185.061
32 92 John Mahler Intercomp/Sports Magazine Eagle/Offy 184.322
33 50 Eldon Rasmussen Vans by Bivouac/WFMS Antares/Offy 183.927
34 22 Bill Vukovich II Hubler/WNDE/Thermo-King Watson/Offy 187.042
35 59 George Snider KBHL/Spirit of Nebraska Lightning/Offy 185.319