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1959 Indianapolis 500


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Formula One race number 2 of 9
Saturday, May 30, 1959 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 4.023 kilometer paved track (804.6 kilometers)

Time of race: 3:40:49.2
Average Speed: 218.646 kph
Pole Time: 246.73 seconds
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: 23.28 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1959 Formula One results   /   1959 standings

Fin St # Driver Team Chassis / Engine Laps Status Led
1 65   Rodger Ward Leader Card 500 RoadsterWatson / Offenhauser 4.5 L42003:40:49.20130
2 316   Jim Rathmann SimonizWatson / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+23.2819
3 13   Johnny Thomson Racing AssociatesLesovsky / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+50.6440
4151   Tony Bettenhausen Hoover Motor ExpressEpperly / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+107.090
51699   Paul Goldsmith DemlerEpperly / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+126.440
61133   Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal FastEpperly / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+196.980
71237   Duane Carter Smokey's Reverse TorqueKurtis / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+249.920
8 819   Eddie Johnson Bryant Heating & CoolingKK500G / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+250.530
92745   Paul Russo BardahlKK500G / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+251.040
101710   A.J. Foyt Dean Van LinesKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+254.480
11 988   Gene Hartley Drewry'sKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+342.480
12 774   Bob Veith John Zink HeaterMoore / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+369.730
132389   Al Herman Dunn EngineeringDunn / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+400.400
141366   Jimmy Daywalt Federal EngineeringKK500E / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+401.540
152171   Chuck Arnold Hall-MarKurtis / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+499.860
163358   Jim McWithey Ray BradyKK500C / Offenhauser 4.5 L4200+701.690
17 244   Eddie Sachs SchmidtKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L4182spun off0
182857   Al Keller HelseKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L4163piston0
191864   Pat Flaherty John Zink HeaterWatson / Offenhauser 4.5 L4162crash11
20 473   Dick Rathman McNamara ChiropracticWatson / Offenhauser 4.5 L4150pit fire0
213053   Bill Cheesbourg Greenman-CasaleKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L4147magneto0
222515   Don Freeland Jim RobbinsKK500G / Offenhauser 4.5 L4136magneto0
233249   Ray Crawford Meguiar's Mirror GlazeElder / Offenhauser 4.5 L4115crash0
24109   Don Branson Bob EstesPhillips / Offenhauser 4.5 L4112torsion bar0
252465   Bob Christie Federal EngineeringKK500D / Offenhauser 4.5 L4109rod0
26 548   Bobby Grim SumarKK500G / Offenhauser 4.5 L485magneto0
271424   Jack Turner Travelon TrailerChristensen / Offenhauser 4.5 L447fuel tank0
282947   Chuck Weyant McKayKK500J / Offenhauser 4.5 L445crash0
29197   Jud Larson Bowes Seal FastKK500J / Offenhauser 4.5 L445crash0
303177   Mike Magill Dayton Steel FoundryKK500G / Offenhauser 4.5 L445crash0
312687   Red Amick Wheeler-FoutchKK500C / Offenhauser 4.5 L445crash0
32228   Len Sutton Wolcott MemorialLesovsky / Offenhauser 4.5 L434crash0
33206   Jimmy Bryan Belond A.P. MufflerSalih / Offenhauser 4.5 L41cam housing0

Fastest Lap: 234.009 kph by Johnny Thomson

Lap leader breakdown:
LeaderFrom
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Johnny Thomson144
  Rodger Ward5128
  Jim Rathmann13131
  Rodger Ward14163
  Jim Rathmann173014
  Pat Flaherty31311
  Jim Rathmann32332
  Pat Flaherty34407
  Jim Rathmann41422
  Pat Flaherty43453
  Rodger Ward46483
  Johnny Thomson498436
  Rodger Ward8510016