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1959 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Rodger Ward
Previous: 1958 Next: 1960

The 1959 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Daytona Beach, Florida on April 4 and concluding in Sacramento, California on October 25. There were also three non-championship events. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Rodger Ward.

Schedule and resultsEdit


Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 4 USAflagsmall Daytona 100 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida Paved USAflagsmall Dick Rathmann USAflagsmall Jim Rathmann
NC April 4 USAflagsmall USAC/FIA Formula Libre Race Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida Paved USAflagsmall Dick Rathmann USAflagsmall Jim Rathmann
2 April 19 USAflagsmall Race of Champions Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved USAflagsmall Don Branson USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
3 May 30 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved USAflagsmall Johnny Thomson USAflagsmall Rodger Ward
4 June 7 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved USAflagsmall Johnny Thomson USAflagsmall Johnny Thomson
5 June 14 USAflagsmall Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt USAflagsmall Jud Larson USAflagsmall Van Johnson
NC July 4 USAflagsmall Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
NC July 19 USAflagsmall Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt USAflagsmall Rodger Ward USAflagsmall Rodger Ward
6 August 22 USAflagsmall Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Don Branson USAflagsmall Len Sutton
7 August 30 USAflagsmall Milwaukee 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved USAflagsmall Shorty Templeman USAflagsmall Rodger Ward
8 September 7 USAflagsmall Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Don Branson USAflagsmall Rodger Ward
9 September 12 USAflagsmall Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt USAflagsmall Johnny Thomson USAflagsmall Eddie Sachs
10 September 19 USAflagsmall Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt USAflagsmall Rodger Ward USAflagsmall Rodger Ward
11 September 27 USAflagsmall Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved USAflagsmall Eddie Sachs USAflagsmall Eddie Sachs
12 October 18 USAflagsmall Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt USAflagsmall Lloyd Ruby USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
13 October 25 USAflagsmall Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt USAflagsmall Wayne Weiler USAflagsmall Jim Hurtubise

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  • Indianapolis 500 was USAC-sanctioned and counted towards the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship title.

Leading National Championship standingsEdit

 #  Driver Team/Car Owner Points
1 USAflagsmall Rodger Ward Leader Card Racing 2400
2 USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen Racing Associates

Central Excavating

Hoover Motor Express

Ansted Racing

Dean Racing Enterprises

John Zink

Linsey Hopkins Racing

1430
3 USAflagsmall Johnny Thomson Racing Associates 1400
4 USAflagsmall Jim Rathmann Linsey Hopkins Racing 1154.8
5 USAflagsmall AJ Foyt Dean Racing Enterprises

Racing Associates

910.2

ReferencesEdit

from the original on 2011-01-01. http://www.driverdb.com/standings/980-1959/. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 


from the original on 2011-01-01. http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1959.htm. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 


See alsoEdit

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