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1959 Indianapolis 500


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USAC Champ Car Series race number 3 of 13
Saturday, May 30, 1959 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, IN
200 laps on a 2.500 mile paved track (500.0 miles)

Time of race: 3:40:49
Average Speed: 135.857 mph
Pole Speed: 145.908 mph
Cautions: n/a
Margin of Victory: 23.28 sec
Attendance: n/a
Lead changes: 12

Glossary    1959 USAC Champ Car Series results   /   1959 standings

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Chassis / Engine Laps Money Status Led Points
1 65   Rodger Ward Leader Card 500 Roadster   (Bob Wilke)Watson / Offy200106,850running1301000
2 316   Jim Rathmann Simoniz   (Lindsey Hopkins)Watson / Offy20039,800running19800
3 13   Johnny Thomson Racing AssociatesLesovsky / Offy20032,375running40700
4151   Tony Bettenhausen Hoover Motor Express   (John Wills)Epperly / Offy20015,475running0600
51699   Paul Goldsmith Norm DemlerEpperly / Offy20011,975running0500
61133   Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Epperly / Offy2008,475running0400
71237   Duane Carter Smokey's Reverse Torque   (Smokey Yunick)Kurtis / Offy2007,275running0300
8 819   Eddie Johnson Bryant Heating & Cooling   (J.S. Donaldson)Kurtis / Offy2006,625running0250
101710   A.J. Foyt Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Kuzma / Offy2006,575running0150
92745   Paul Russo Bardahl   (Fred Gerhardt)Kurtis / Offy2006,325running0200
191864   Pat Flaherty John Zink Heater   (John Zink)Watson / Offy1625,725crash11 
141366   Jimmy Daywalt Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy2005,335running0 
11 988   Gene Hartley Drewry's   (M & W Racing)Kuzma / Offy2004,795running0100
17 244   Eddie Sachs Peter SchmidtKuzma / Offy1824,675grar train0 
12 774   Bob Veith John Zink Heater   (John Zink)Moore / Offy2004,675running050
252465   Bob Christie Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy1094,595rod bolt0 
222515   Don Freeland Jim RobbinsKurtis / Offy1364,485valve spring0 
132389   Al Herman Dunn Engineering   (Harry Dunn)Dunn / Offy2004,455running0 
271424   Jack Turner Travelon Trailer   (Ernest Ruiz)Christensen / Offy474,335fuel tank0 
26 548   Bobby Grim Sumar   (Chapman Root)Kurtis / Offy854,190piston0 
152171   Chuck Arnold Hall-Mar   (Karl Hall)Kurtis / Offy2004,165running0 
20 473   Dick Rathman McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Watson / Offy1504,045pit fire0 
163358   Jim McWithey Ray BradyKurtis / Offy2004,045running0 
182857   Al Keller Helse   (H.H. Johnson)Kuzma / Offy1633,980piston0 
312687   Red Amick Wheeler-Foutch   (Leroy Foutch)Kurtis / Offy453,915crash0 
213053   Bill Cheesbourg Greenman-Casale   (Lysle Greenman)Kuzma / Offy1473,765magneto0 
233249   Ray Crawford Meguiar's Mirror Glaze   (Ray Crawford)Elder / Offy1153,655spun out0 
29197   Jud Larson Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Kurtis / Offy453,650crash0 
24109   Don Branson Bob EstesPhillips / Offy1123,625torsion bar0 
282947   Chuck Weyant Roy McKayKurtis / Offy453,505crash0 
303177   Mike Magill Dayton Steel Foundry   (George Walther)Kurtis / Offy453,445crash0 
33206   Jimmy Bryan Belond A.P. Muffler   (George Salih)Salih / Offy13,405cam housing0 
32228   Len Sutton Wolcott Memorial Racing TeamLesovsky / Offy343,385spun out0 

Failed to qualify or withdrew:
PosNameNbrSponsorOwnerCar
Rex Easton39Massaglia Hotel
Jud Larson52Leader Card Duo
Don Edmunds54Bill Forbes Racing
Jim Packard55Sclavi & Amos
Gene Force55, 78Sclavi & Amos, Midwest Manufacturing
Jerry Unser57Helse
Chuck Arnold72Speed Enterprise
Bob Schroeder78Midwest Manufacturing
Chuck Rodee82Central Excavating
Johnny Moorehouse91Binter
Jack Ensley92McKay
Bob Cortner51Cornis Engineering
Johnnie Tolan43Chapman
Jimmy Davies41Sumar
Shorty Templeman76, 69Braund Plywood, Frank Arciero
Ralph Liguori12, 41El Dorado Italia, Sumar
Eddie Russo98, 1, 78, 93
Bill Homeier62, 42Rusco Battery Cable, Go Kart
Tony Bettenhausen1Ansted Rotary
Johnny Kay17Safety Auto Glass
Earl Motter21Dean Van Lines
Bill Cheesbourg25Hardwood Door
Dempsey Wilson34, 82Novi Diesel, Central Excavating
Paul Russo38Novi Diesel
Chuck Daigh98Agajanian

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 Ward85200116