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The 1953 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11. There was also one non-championship event in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The AAA National Champion was Sam Hanks, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Bill Vukovich. Chet Miller died while practicing for the Indianapolis 500.

1953 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races12
Start dateMay 30
End dateNovember 11
Awards
National championUnited States Sam Hanks
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Bill Vukovich
← 1952
1954 →

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 May 30   International 500 Mile SweepstakesA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   Bill Vukovich   Bill Vukovich
2 June 7   Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt   Manny Ayulo   Jack McGrath
3 June 21   Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Don Freeland   Rodger Ward
4 July 4   Detroit 100B Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt   Duane Carter   Rodger Ward
NC July 26   Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt   Duane Carter   Jimmy Davies
5 August 22   Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Chuck Stevenson   Sam Hanks
6 August 30   Milwaukee 200 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt   Jack McGrath   Chuck Stevenson
7 September 7   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Mike Nazaruk   Sam Hanks
8 September 7   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Bob FinneyC   Louis Unser
9 September 12   Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt   Bob Sweikert   Tony Bettenhausen
10 September 26   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   Manny Ayulo   Bob Sweikert
11 October 25   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   Mike Nazaruk   Jimmy Bryan
12 November 11   Phoenix 100 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Tony Bettenhausen   Tony Bettenhausen
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A The Indianapolis 500 was AAA-sanctioned and counted towards the 1953 World Championship of Drivers.
^B 73 laps were completed. Race stopped due to flipped car. Final standings reverted to 51 laps because of red flag and work done on cars. Half points awarded.
^C No pole is awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in this schedule on the pole is the driver who started first. No lap led was awarded for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, however, a lap was awarded to the drivers that completed the climb.

Final points standingsEdit

Note1: The points became the car, when not only one driver led the car, the relieved driver became small part of the points. Points for driver method: (the points for the finish place) / (number the lap when completed the car) * (number the lap when completed the driver)

Note2: Bob Scott was running at the finish of two races after taking over mid-event as a relief driver.

Pos Driver INDY
 
MIL1
 
SPR1
 
DET
 
SPR2
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
PIK
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
SAC
 
PHX
 
Pts
1   Sam Hanks 3 10 2 4 1 22 1 4 5 3 3 1659.5
2   Jack McGrath 5 1 4 16 13 4 4 9 DNQ 10 13 1250
3   Bill Vukovich 1 DNQ 1000
4   Manuel Ayulo 13 14 DNQ 17 2 2 2 10 2 12 4 960
5   Paul Russo 25 4 DNQ 13 6 3 14 13 12 6 17 855
6   Art Cross 2 800
7   Don Freeland 27 16 3 DNQ 7 5 12 3 4 17 6 750
8   Chuck Stevenson 29 15 6 DNQ 3 1 9 18 DNQ 9 745
9   Jimmy Bryan 14 2 8 3 15 10 7 17 11 1 15 621.4
10   Tony Bettenhausen 9 DNS 18 1 6 1 596
11   Rodger Ward 16 18 1 1 17 6 DNQ 7 8 13 18 540.2
12   Jimmy Davies 10 8 15 16 12 5 16 DNS 4 7 494.2
13   Johnny Parsons 26 DNQ 8 4 21 3 12 3 15 16 435.5
14   Duane Carter 24 9 DNQ 7 DNQ 17 DNQ 10 Wth 2 428.6
15   Bob Sweikert 20 17 DNQ 13 17 8 1 2 12 420
16   Ernie McCoy 8 5 17 5 DNQ DNS DNS 401
17   Jimmy Daywalt 6 DNQ DNQ 400
18   Bob Scott 31 DNS 9 DNQ DNS DNQ 5 5 328
19   Fred Agabashian 4 315
20   Cal Niday 30 6 7 9 5 19 8 DNQ DNS Wth 310.4
21   Jerry Hoyt 23 3 14 DNQ 20 DNQ 6 DNQ 8 9 310
22   Andy Linden 33 7 5 10 DNQ 8 11 DNQ 16 DNQ 10 263.3
23   Jimmy Reece DNS 18 8 7 DNQ DNQ DNQ 7 14 245.8
24   Mike Nazaruk 21 11 6 DNQ 16 13 2 15 14 205
25   Louis Unser 1 200
26   Jim Rathmann 7 169.5
27   Keith Andrews 2 160
28   Walt Faulkner 17 DNQ 9 DNQ 18 DNS 6 DNQ DNQ DNP 158.4
29   Al Rogers 3 140
30   Eddie Johnson DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 130.5
31   Bob Finney 4 120
32   Pat O'Connor DNQ DNQ DNQ 7 8 110
33   Eddie Russo DNQ 11 10 11 15 11 DNQ 100.2
34   Bill Holland 15 DNQ 18 5 100
35   Hugh Thomas 5 100
36   Duke Nalon 11 100
37   Allen Heath DNQ DNQ 15 2 81.6
38   Tommy Hinnershitz 10 12 9 DNQ 14 81.6
39   Walt Killinger 6 80
40   Potsy Goacher DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ DNQ 62
41   Shelby Hill 7 60
42   Herb Bryers 8 50
43   Gene Hartley 28 DNQ 14 DNS DNQ 17 44.8
44   Ed Elisian DNQ 9 40
45   Pete Pusede 9 40
46   Chuck Weyant DNQ 10 DNQ 14 30
47   Pete Woods 10 30
48   Rex Easton DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ 11 20
49   Danny Oakes DNQ DNQ 11 14 DNS DNQ 20
50   Buzz Barton DNQ DNQ 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS 20
51   Charles Lowderman 11 20
52   Carl Scarborough 12 17.5
53   Frank Armi DNQ DNS 14.6
54   Bill Homeier DNQ DNS 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ 14.5
55   Paul Kleinschmidt 12 10
56   Vic Carter 12 5.5
57   Edgar Elder DNQ 11 DNQ 5.4
58   Duke Dinsmore DNS DNQ 12 15 DNQ 5.1
-   Johnny Thomson 32 13 0
-   Chuck Marshall DNQ 13 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Malcolm Brazier 13 0
-   Johnny Fedricks DNQ DNQ DNQ 18 14 DNQ DNQ 15 DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Good 14 0
-   Chuck Hulse 15 0
-   Spider Webb 19 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS DNP 0
-   Johnny Roberts DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Don Olds 16 DNQ 0
-   Norman Robinson 16 0
-   Charles Bryant 17 0
-   Eddie Sachs DNQ DNQ DNQ 18 DNQ 0
-   Leroy Warriner DNQ 18 0
-   Marshall Teague 18 0
-   George Hammond 18 0
-   Joe Garson 19 0
-   Don Carlson 20 0
-   Pat Flaherty 22 0
-   Johnny Mantz DNS 0
-   Jackie Holmes DNS 0
-   George Tichenor DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   George Wilson DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Johnny Key DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Johnny Tolan DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bill Doster DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ralph Pratt DNQ DNQ 0
-   Joe Barzda DNQ DNQ 0
-   Len Duncan DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ottis Stine DNQ DNQ 0
-   Gene Force DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bill Taylor DNQ DNQ 0
-   Henry Banks DNQ Wth 0
-   Bill Boyd DNQ 0
-   Billy Cantrell DNQ 0
-   Neal Carter DNQ 0
-   George Connor DNQ 0
-   Ray Crawford DNQ 0
-   Jorge Daponte DNQ 0
-   John Fitch DNQ 0
-   George Fonder DNQ 0
-   Cliff Griffith DNQ 0
-   Red Hamilton DNQ 0
-   Al Herman DNQ 0
-   Johnny Kay DNQ 0
-   Jud Larson DNQ 0
-   Jim Mayes DNQ 0
-   Chet Miller DNQ 0
-   Roy Newman DNQ 0
-   Hal Robson DNQ 0
-   Wayne Selser DNQ 0
-   Joe Sostilio DNQ 0
-   Harry Stockman DNQ 0
-   J. Chaplin DNQ 0
-   Gays Biro DNQ 0
-   Paul Howe DNQ 0
-   Johnny Hobel DNQ 0
-   Don Daly DNQ 0
-   R. Manual DNQ 0
-   Bill Milliken DNQ 0
-   Wayne Sankey DNQ 0
-   Phil Shafer DNQ 0
-   Art McKee DSQ 0
-   Troy Ruttman Wth 0
-   Ebe Yoder Wth 0
-   Alberto Ascari DNP 0
-   Johnny Mauro DNP 0
Pos Driver INDY
 
MIL1
 
SPR1
 
DET
 
SPR2
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
PIK
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
SAC
 
PHX
 
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th-10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
(Ret)
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
Rookie of the Year
Rookie

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "AAA National Championship 1953". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • "1953 AAA National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • Harms, Phil. "1953 Championship Driver Summary" (PDF). Motorsport.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 291-294)

See alsoEdit