Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid - 1981

Position Car Num. Driver Car Name/Entrant* Make/Model Qual Speed
1 3 Bobby Unser (W) Norton Spirit Penske/Cosworth 200.546
2 48 Mike Mosley Pepsi Challenger Eagle/Chevrolet 197.141
3 14 A.J. Foyt (W) Valvoline-Gilmore Coyote/Cosworth 196.078
4 20 Gordon Johncock (W) STP Oil Treatment Wildcat/Cosworth 195.429
5 1 Johnny Rutherford (W) Pennzoil Chaparral/Cosworth 195.387
6 55 Josele Garza (R) Psachie/Garza/ESSO Penske/Cosworth 195.101
7 7 Bill Alsup (R) AB Dick Pacemaker Penske/Cosworth 193.154
8 60 Gordon Smiley Intermedics Wildcat/Cosworth 192.988
9 88 Al Unser (W) Valvoline-Longhorn Longhorn/Cosworth 192.719
10 5 Pancho Carter Alex Foods Penske/Cosworth 191.022
11 8 Gary Bettenhausen Hopkins Lightning/Cosworth 190.870
12 32 Kevin Cogan (R) Jerry O'Connell Racing Phoenix/Cosworth 189.444
13 35 Bob Lazier (R) Montgomery Ward Auto Club Penske/Cosworth 189.424
14 56 Tom Bigelow Genesee Beer Penske/Chevrolet 188.294
15 50 Geoff Brabham (R) Psachie/Garza/ESSO Penske/Cosworth 187.990
16 16 Tony Bettenhausen Jr. (R) Provimi Veal McLaren/Cosworth 187.013
17 53 Steve Krisiloff Psachie/Garza/ESSO Penske/Cosworth 186.722
18 33 Vern Schuppan Red Roof Inns McLaren/Cosworth 186.548
19 31 Larry Dickson Machinist Union Penske/Cosworth 186.278
20 2 Tom Sneva Blue Poly March/Cosworth 200.691
21 25 Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Interscope/Cosworth 197.694
22 6 Rick Mears (W) The Gould Charge Penske/Cosworth 194.018
23 81 Sheldon Kinser Sergio Valente Jeans Longhorn/Cosworth 189.454
24 79 Pete Halsmer (R) Hubler Chevrolet/KISS 99/Colonial Bread Penske/Cosworth 187.705
25 74 Michael Chandler (R) National Engineering Co. Penske/Cosworth 187.568
26 91 Don Whittington Whittington Brothers March/Cosworth 187.237
27 90 Bill Whittington Kraco Car Stereo March/Cosworth 197.098
28 4 Dennis Firestone Rhoades Aircraft Sales Wildcat/Cosworth 187.784
29 37 Scott Brayton (R) Forsythe Industries Penske/Cosworth 187.774
30 51 Tom Klausler (R) IDS Idea Schkee/Chevrolet 186.732
31 38 Jerry Karl Tonco Trailer McLaren/Chevrolet 186.008
32 40 Mario Andretti (W) STP Oil Treatment Wildcat/Cosworth 193.040
33 84 Tim Richmond UNO/WTTV/Guarantee Auto Parnelli/Cosworth 189.255