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The 1957 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11. There were also five non-championship events. The USAC National Champion was Jimmy Bryan and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Sam Hanks. Keith Andrews was killed in crash while practicing for the Indianapolis 500; he was 36 years old.

1957 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races13
Start dateMay 30
End dateNovember 11
Awards
National championUnited States Jimmy Bryan
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Sam Hanks
← 1956
1958 →

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   Pat O'Connor   Sam Hanks
2 June 2   Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt   Johnny Thomson   Johnny Thomson
3 June 9   Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Jimmy Bryan   Rodger Ward
4 June 23   Detroit 100 Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt   George Amick   Jimmy Bryan
NC June 29   500 Miglia di MonzaB Autodromo Nazionale di Monza Monza, Italy Paved   Tony Bettenhausen   Jimmy Bryan
  Jimmy Bryan   Jimmy Bryan
  Jimmy Bryan   Troy Ruttman
5 July 4   Atlanta 100 Lakewood Speedway Atlanta, Georgia Dirt   Jimmy Bryan   George Amick
NC July 4   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Bill McConnellC   Bob Finney
NC July 20   Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt   Jud Larson   Jud Larson
6 August 17   Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   George Amick   Rodger Ward
7 August 25   Milwaukee 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Andy Linden   Jim Rathmann
8 September 2   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Jud Larson   Jud Larson
9 September 7   Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt   Elmer George   Elmer George
10 September 14   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   Jud Larson   Jud Larson
11 September 29   Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Johnny Thomson   Pat O'Connor
12 October 20   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   Rodger Ward   Rodger Ward
13 November 11   Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Rodger Ward   Jimmy Bryan
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
^A Indianapolis 500 was USAC-sanctioned and counted towards the 1957 FIA World Championship of Drivers title.
^B Run in three heats of 166 miles (267 km).
^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

Pos Driver INDY
 
LAN
 
MIL1
 
DET
 
ATL
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
TRE
 
SAC
 
PHX
 
Pts
1   Jimmy Bryan 3 DNQ 19 1 13 7 22 18 4 2 8 2 1 1650
2   Jim Rathmann 2 5 1 6 12 6 1470
3   George Amick DNQ 5 6 2 1 3 5 16 5 3 3 4 11 1400
4   Pat O'Connor 8 DNQ 4 DNQ 3 8 2 10 1 15 2 1250
5   Jud Larson DNQ 16 4 2 2 8 1 6 1 22 3 12 1170
6   Andy Linden 5 6 18 3 3 5 10 DNQ 7 18 13 8 1130
7   Johnny Thomson 12 1 2 18 17 14 4 2 3 17 2 14 1110
8   Johnny Boyd 6 3 4 24 6 9 14 9 6 3 1040
9   Sam Hanks 1 1000
10   Elmer George 33 17 7 5 15 6 6 4 1 6 21 10 16 830
11   Rodger Ward 30 DNQ 1 16 16 1 18 3 18 13 20 1 13 740
12   Bob Veith 9 7 14 6 4 18 13 5 DNQ DNQ 15 7 10 650
13   Paul Russo 4 600
14   Jimmy Reece 18 14 12 9 2 14 10 8 5 13 550
15   Ed Elisian 29 4 DNQ 13 5 15 20 10 13 7 10 17 340
16   Len Sutton DNQ 19 7 17 4 4 DNQ 17 300
17   Billy Garrett DNQ 8 DNQ 7 DNQ 9 12 DNQ DNQ 5 18 300
18   Marshall Teague 7 DNQ 300
19   Don Branson 9 21 10 8 11 DNQ 9 DNS 5 19 280
20   Art Bisch 3 20 DNQ DNQ 4 260
21   Gene Hartley 10 15 15 7 DNP 210
22   Jack Turner 11 DNQ 22 DNQ 11 11 DNP 9 Wth 200
23   Johnny Tolan 20 DNQ 8 12 DNQ 11 DNQ 16 5 190
24   Don Freeland 17 13 DNQ 8 6 8 15 12 16 DNQ 14 190
25   Eddie Sachs 23 2 16 160
26   A. J. Foyt 9 23 DNQ DNQ DNQ 11 9 7 160
27   Johnny Parsons 16 7 120
28   Ralph Liguori 11 DNQ 10 DNQ 17 8 12 DNQ 110
29   Tony Bettenhausen 15 DNQ 21 15 DNQ 11 7 18 80
30   Bud Randall 18 14 10 DNQ 26 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 80
31   Bill Cheesbourg 26 11 12 9 DNQ DNP DNQ DNQ DNQ 70
32   Jim McWithey DNQ 9 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 40
33   Earl Motter 9 40
34   Don Edmunds 19 15 17 11 17 DNQ 13 14 DNQ DNQ 11 DNQ 40
35   Van Johnson 10 DNQ 16 DNQ 15 DNQ DNQ 30
36   Troy Ruttman 31 10 25 30
37   Chuck Weyant 14 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 20
38   Al Herman 21 DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ 12 10
39   Dick Rathmann DNQ 12 16 DNP DNQ 16 DNQ 10
40   Al Keller 27 DNQ 12 10
41   Ken Gottschalk 12 DNQ 10
-   Jimmy Daywalt 28 13 14 0
-   Mike Magill 24 DNQ 13 DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob Christie 13 0
-   Jim Hemmings DNQ 14 0
-   Rex Easton DNQ DNQ 15 DNQ 0
-   Bud Clemons DNQ 15 0
-   Shorty Templeman 17 DNQ 17 0
-   Fred Agabashian 22 17 0
-   Charles Musselman DNQ 18 0
-   Chuck Rodee DNQ 18 0
-   Eddie Johnson 25 0
-   Eddie Russo 32 DNQ 0
-   Bob Tattersall DNS 0
-   Gene Force DNQ DNQ 0
-   Danny Kladis DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ray Crawford DNQ DNQ 0
-   Don Evans DNQ DNQ 0
-   Luther Baughman DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bill Homeier DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ernie Koch DNQ DNQ 0
-   Don Whittington DNQ DNQ 0
-   Keith Andrews DNQ 0
-   Johnny Baldwin DNQ 0
-   Tony Bonadies DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Davies DNQ 0
-   Giuseppe Farina DNQ 0
-   Johnny Fedricks DNQ 0
-   Andy Furci DNQ 0
-   Cliff Griffith DNQ 0
-   Cal Niday DNQ 0
-   Leroy Warriner DNQ 0
-   Dempsey Wilson DNQ 0
-   Chuck Arnold DNQ 0
-   Del Fanning DNQ 0
Pos Driver INDY
 
LAN
 
MIL1
 
DET
 
ATL
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
TRE
 
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. "USAC National Championship 1957". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • "1957 USAC National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 280-281)

See alsoEdit