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A. J. Foyt driving a Championship Car in 1984

From 1956 to 1978, USAC Championship Car seasons featured the top teams and drivers in U.S. open-wheel racing. Until 1971, the Championship contained road courses, ovals, dirt courses, and, on occasion, a hill climb. Thereafter, the schedule consisted mainly of paved ovals. In 1979, the majority of car owners left the USAC to race in the Indy Car World Series, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and CART. This led to a decline in the number of events in the schedule, and by the 1984-85 season, the Championship comprised only one race, the Indianapolis 500. The era of USAC Championship Cars concluded with the formation of the Indy Racing League in 1995, which was sanctioned by the USAC until the controversial finish of the 81st Indianapolis 500. The most successful driver in USAC Championship Car history was A. J. Foyt with seven National Championships and four Indianapolis 500 victories. Foyt competed in every season from 1957 to 1992-93.

SeasonsEdit

# Year Races National Champion Indianapolis 500 Drivers Notes
Dirt Oval Hill Climb Paved Oval Road Total Ranked Fatalities
USAC National Championship Trail
1 1956 8 (1) (1) 4 (1) - 12 (3) USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan USAflagsmall Pat Flaherty 36 - [1][2]
2 1957 9 (1) (1) 4 (3) - 13 (5) USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan USAflagsmall Sam Hanks 41 1 [3][4]
3 1958 8 (1) (1) 5 (3) - 13 (5) USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan 38 2 [5][6]
4 1959 7 (1) (1) 6 (1) - 13 (3) USAflagsmall Rodger Ward USAflagsmall Rodger Ward 50 5 [7][8]
5 1960 7 (1) (1) 5 - 12 (2) USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Jim Rathmann 45 1 [9][10]
6 1961 7 (1) 5 - 12 (1) USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 43 1 [11][12]
7 1962 7 (1) 6 - 13 (1) USAflagsmall Rodger Ward USAflagsmall Rodger Ward 39 1 [13][14]
8 1963 6 (1) 6 - 12 (1) USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Parnelli Jones 36 - [15][16]
9 1964 5 (1) 8 - 13 (1) USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 46 3 [17][18]
10 1965 4 1 12 1 18 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jim Clark 57 - [19][20]
11 1966 4 1 10 1 (1) 16 (1) USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Graham Hill 57 1 [21][22]
12 1967 4 1 10 6 21 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 62 - [23][24]
13 1968 5 1 13 9 28 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 68 2 [25][26]
14 1969 5 1 10 8 24 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti USAflagsmall Mario Andretti 72 - [27][28]
15 1970 5 (1) 10 3 18 (1) USAflagsmall Al Unser USAflagsmall Al Unser 55 - [29][30]
16 1971 - - 12 - 12 USAflagsmall Joe Leonard USAflagsmall Al Unser 44 - [31][32]
17 1972 - - 10 - 10 USAflagsmall Joe Leonard USAflagsmall Mark Donohue 42 1 [33][34]
18 1973 - - 16 - 16 USAflagsmall Roger McCluskey USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock 36 1 [35][36]
19 1974 - - 14 - 14 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 37 - [37][38]
20 1975 - - 13 - 13 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Bobby Unser 38 - [39][40]
21 1976 - - 13 - 13 USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 39 - [41][42]
22 1977 - - 13 1 14 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt 41 - [43][44]
23 1978 - - 15 3 18 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva USAflagsmall Al Unser 45 - [45][46]
24 1979 - - 7 - 7 USAflagsmall A. J. Foyt USAflagsmall Rick Mears 32 - [47][48]
Championship Racing League
25 1980 - - 4 1 5 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford 57 - [49][50]
USAC Gold Crown Championship
26 1981-82 3 - 3 - 6 USAflagsmall George Snider USAflagsmall Bobby Unser* 51 1 [51][52]
USAflagsmall Gordon Johncock*
27 1982-83 3 - 1 - 4 USAflagsmall Tom Sneva USAflagsmall Tom Sneva 39 - [53][54]
28 1983-84 1 - 1 - 2 USAflagsmall Rick Mears USAflagsmall Rick Mears 39 - [55][56]
29 1984-85 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Danny Sullivan 32 - [57]
30 1985-86 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Bobby Rahal 33 - [58]
31 1986-87 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Al Unser 33 - [59]
32 1987-88 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Rick Mears 33 - [60]
33 1988-89 - - 1 - 1 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi 33 - [61]
34 1989-90 - - 1 - 1 [[Image:Template:Country flag alias The Netherlands22x20px}}|Template:Country alias The Netherlands]] Arie Luyendyk 33 - [62]
35 1990-91 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Rick Mears 33 - [63]
36 1991-92 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 33 1 [64]
37 1992-93 - - 1 - 1 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi 33 - [65]
38 1993-94 - - 1 - 1 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. 33 - [66]
39 1994-95 - - 1 - 1 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve 33 - [67]

* The 1981-82 season included both the 65th and 66th Indianapolis 500 races.
( ) Figures in parentheses denote the number of non-championship races in that season.

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