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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 (500.000 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

1 65   Rodger Ward Leader Card 500 Roadster   (Bob Wilke)Watson / Offy200106850running1301000
2 316   Jim Rathmann Simoniz   (Lindsey Hopkins)Watson / Offy20039800running19800
3 13   Johnny Thomson Racing AssociatesLesovsky / Offy20032375running40700
4151   Tony Bettenhausen Hoover Motor Express   (John Wills)Epperly / Offy20015475running0600
51699   Paul Goldsmith Demler Special   (Norm Demler)Epperly / Offy20011975running0500
61133   Johnny Boyd Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Epperly / Offy2008475running0400
71237   Duane Carter Smokey's Reverse Torque   (Smokey Yunick)Kurtis / Offy2007275running0300
8 819   Eddie Johnson Bryant Heating & Cooling   (J.S. Donaldson)Kurtis / Offy2006625running0250
92745   Paul Russo Bardahl   (Fred Gerhardt)Kurtis / Offy2006325running0200
101710   A.J. Foyt Dean Van Lines   (Al Dean)Kuzma / Offy2006575running0150
11 988   Gene Hartley Drewry's   (M & W Racing)Kuzma / Offy2004795running0100
12 774   Bob Veith John Zink Heater   (John Zink)Moore / Offy2004675running050
132389   Al Herman Dunn Engineering   (Harry Dunn)Dunn / Offy2004455running0 
141366   Jimmy Daywalt Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy2005335running0 
152171   Chuck Arnold Hall-Mar   (Karl Hall)Kurtis / Offy2004165running0 
163358   Jim McWithey Ray BradyKurtis / Offy2004045running0 
17 244   Eddie Sachs Peter SchmidtKuzma / Offy1824675grar train0 
182857   Al Keller Helse   (H.H. Johnson)Kuzma / Offy1633980piston0 
191864   Pat Flaherty John Zink Heater   (John Zink)Watson / Offy1625725crash11 
20 473   Dick Rathmann McNamara Chiropractic   (Lee Elkins)Watson / Offy1504045pit fire0 
213053   Bill Cheesbourg Greenman-Casale   (Lysle Greenman)Kuzma / Offy1473765magneto0 
222515   Don Freeland Jim RobbinsKurtis / Offy1364485valve spring0 
233249   Ray Crawford Meguiar's Mirror Glaze   (Ray Crawford)Elder / Offy1153655spun out0 
24109   Don Branson Bob EstesPhillips / Offy1123625torsion bar0 
252465   Bob Christie Federal EngineeringKurtis / Offy1094595rod bolt0 
26 548   Bobby Grim Sumar   (Chapman Root)Kurtis / Offy854190piston0 
271424   Jack Turner Travelon Trailer   (Ernest Ruiz)Christiansen / Offy474335fuel tank0 
282947   Chuck Weyant Roy McKayKurtis / Offy453505crash0 
29197   Jud Larson Bowes Seal Fast   (George Bignotti)Kurtis / Offy453650crash0 
303177   Mike Magill Dayton Steel Foundry   (George Walther)Kurtis / Offy453445crash0 
312687   Red Amick Wheeler-Foutch   (Leroy Foutch)Kurtis / Offy453915crash0 
32228   Len Sutton Wolcott Memorial Racing TeamLesovsky / Offy343385spun out0 
33206   Jimmy Bryan Belond A.P. Muffler   (George Salih)Salih / Offy13405cam housing0 

Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
Tony Bettenhausen1Ansted Rotary
Ralph Liguori12, 41El Dorado Italia, Sumar
Johnny Kay17Safety Auto Glass
Earl Motter21Dean Van Lines
Bill Cheesbourg25Hardwood Door
Dempsey Wilson34, 82Novi Diesel, Central Excavating
Paul Russo38Novi Diesel
Rex Easton39Massaglia Hotel
Jimmy Davies41Sumar
Johnnie Tolan43Chapman
Bob Cortner51Cornis Engineering
Jud Larson52Leader Card Duo
Don Edmunds54Bill Forbes Racing
Gene Force55, 78Sclavi & Amos, Midwest Manufacturing
Jim Packard55Sclavi & Amos
Jerry Unser57Helse
Bill Homeier62, 42Rusco Battery Cable, Go Kart
Chuck Arnold72Speed Enterprise
Shorty Templeman76, 69Braund Plywood, Frank Arciero
Bob Schroeder78Midwest Manufacturing
Chuck Rodee82Central Excavating
Johnny Moorehouse91Binter
Jack Ensley92McKay
Chuck Daigh98Agajanian
Eddie Russo98, 1, 78, 93
WDKelly Petillo
WDWayne Weiler39Massaglia Hotel
WDRuss Congdon72Speed Enterprise

Lap leader breakdown:
# Of
  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