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1978 Season
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1978 Italian GP
1977 United States GP

1978 United States GP

1978 Canadian GP
1979 United States GP
 XXI  Toyota United States Grand Prix


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led

Details
DateSunday 1 October 1978
Start time14:00
EventUnited States GP
CircuitWatkins Glen
Event FormatRace of 59 laps
Race16 of 17
Championship race312
Circuit
Laps59
Circuit Perimeter5435 m
Race Distance5435 × 59 = 320.665 km
Grid Format2-2-2-2
Pole PositionRight
First CornerRight
Track DirectionClockwise
Weather
WeatherOvercast, Dry
Participants
Entries27
Qualifiers26
Finishers16
Championship Debutants
Beppe Gabbiani (Driver),
Bobby Rahal (Driver),
   ATS D1 (Car Model)
MilestonesCar 11 - 200th Race Entry (Car Number)
Car 55 - 1st Fastest Lap (Car Number)
Jean-Pierre Jarier - 75th Race Entry (Driver)
Records Broken 1. Highest 3rd Place Finish RatioWolf (16.22%),
2. Most 23rd Fastest LapsArturo Merzario (4),
3. Most 23rd Fastest Laps in a SeasonArturo Merzario (3),
4. Most Poles in a SeasonLotus (11),
5. Most 24th Place Qualifications in a SeasonBrett Lunger (5)
Records Extended 1. Most Constructors' Championship Points ScoresFerrari (252),
2. Most RetirementsLotus (348),
3. Most Drivers' Championship Points ScoresFerrari (384),
4. Most Podium FinishesFerrari (254),
5. Most Race WinsFerrari (73),
6. Most Races LedFerrari (182),
7. Most Laps LedFerrari (5063),
8. Most Race EntriesLotus (817),
9. Most 2nd Place QualificationsFerrari (85),
10. Most 4th Place QualificationsFerrari (78),
11. Most 24th Place QualificationsBrett Lunger (9),
12. Most 12th Place Qualifications in a SeasonPatrick Depailler (6)

Championships
1 Mario Andretti 64 
same
2 Ronnie Peterson 51 
same
3 Carlos Reutemann 44 
up
4 Niki Lauda 44 
down
5 Patrick Depailler 32 
same
6 John Watson 25 
same
7 Jacques Laffite 19 
same
8 Jody Scheckter 18 
up
9 Emerson Fittipaldi 17 
down
10 Alan Jones 11 
up
11 Riccardo Patrese 8 
down
12 James Hunt 8 
down
13 Patrick Tambay 8 
same
14 Gilles Villeneuve 8 
down
15 Didier Pironi 7 
down
16 Clay Regazzoni 4 
same
17 Jean-Pierre Jabouille 3 
up
18 Hans-Joachim Stuck 2 
down
19 Hector Rebaque 1 
down
 Vittorio Brambilla 1 
down
1 Lotus / Ford 86 
same
2 Brabham / Alfa Romeo 53 
same
3 Ferrari / Ferrari 49 
same
4 Tyrrell / Ford 36 
same
5 Ligier / Matra 19 
same
6 Wolf / Ford 18 
up
7 Fittipaldi / Ford 17 
down
8 McLaren / Ford 15 
same
9 Williams / Ford 11 
up
10 Arrows / Ford 8 
down
11 Shadow / Ford 6 
down
12 Renault / Renault 3 
up
13 Surtees / Ford 1 
down

Results
 WinnerPole PositionFastest Lap
Car NumberCar 11Car 5Car 55
EntrantScuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACJohn Player Team LotusJohn Player Team Lotus
DriverCarlos ReutemannMario AndrettiJean-Pierre Jarier
CarFerrari 312T3Lotus 79Lotus 79
EngineFerrari 3.0 F12Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8
Time1:40'48.8001'38.1141'39.557
Speed190.847 km/h199.421 km/h196.531 km/h


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led