1960 USAC Championship Car season

The 1960 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Trenton, New Jersey on April 10 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 20. There were also two non-championship events at Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Pikes Peak, Colorado. This was the final year that the Indianapolis 500 was a part of the Formula One World Championship. The USAC National Champion was A. J. Foyt and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Jim Rathmann. Three time USAC/AAA National Champion (1954, 1956, 1957), and 1958 Indianapolis 500 winner Jimmy Bryan, was killed in an accident during the Langhorne 100 at Langhorne Speedway; he was 34 years old.

1960 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races12
Start dateApril 10
End dateNovember 20
Awards
National championUnited States A. J. Foyt
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Jim Rathmann
← 1959
1961 →

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 10   Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Johnny Thomson   Rodger Ward
NC April 13   Langhorne 10 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt   Don Branson   Don Branson
2 May 30   International 500 Mile SweepstakesA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   Eddie Sachs   Jim Rathmann
3 June 5   Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Lloyd Ruby   Rodger Ward
4 June 19   Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt   Don Branson   Jim Hurtubise
NC July 4   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Al UnserB   Bobby Unser
5 August 20   Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Don Branson   Jim Packard
6 August 28   Milwaukee 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Rodger Ward   Len Sutton
7 September 5   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Don Branson   A. J. Foyt
8 September 10   Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt   Johnny Thomson   Bobby Grim
9 September 17   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   Rodger Ward   A. J. Foyt
10 September 25   Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Don Branson   Eddie Sachs
11 October 30   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   Don Branson   A. J. Foyt
12 November 20   Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Bob Cleberg   A. J. Foyt
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A Indianapolis 500 was USAC-sanctioned and counted towards the 1960 FIA World Championship of Drivers title.
^B 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 TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
TRE2
 
SAC
 
PHX
 
Pts
1   A. J. Foyt 4 25 2 16 17 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 1680
2   Rodger Ward 1 2 1 DNQ 21 16 18 14 2 17 10 1390
3   Don Branson 22 4 22 15 7 19 8 12 4 4 3 4 1220
4   Jim Rathmann 1 DNQ 18 21 1000
5   Tony Bettenhausen 2 23 4 DNQ 15 14 2 2 2 6 5 16 940
6   Gene Force 5 28 7 3 DNQ 5 12 16 3 9 6 7 830
7   Johnny Thomson 20 5 18 DNQ 9 23 9 4 5 800
8   Len Sutton 18 30 3 8 1 DNQ DNQ 7 5 10 DNQ 780
9   Lloyd Ruby 7 6 11 4 17 6 7 DNQ 8 DNQ 13 710
10   Jim Packard 6 DNQ DNQ 2 1 6 5 13 18 20 700
11   Paul Goldsmith 3 700
12   Eddie Sachs 8 21 5 13 2 20 4 11 13 1 DNQ 650
13   Wayne Weiler 7 24 21 DNQ 5 7 DNQ DNQ 19 7 11 3 500
14   Bobby Grim 10 16 19 8 18 DNQ 7 1 16 DNQ 9 5 480
15   Eddie Johnson 6 DNQ DNQ DNQ 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ 22 440
16   Jim Hurtubise 17 18 11 1 10 26 13 15 12 13 14 2 420
17   Dick Rathmann 31 10 10 3 DNQ DNQ 10 370
18   Parnelli Jones  RY  16 6 DNQ 13 18 6 17 19 2 DNQ 333
19   Roger McCluskey  R  DNQ 5 13 DNQ 15 DNQ 6 11 4 DNQ 320
20   Al Farmer 11 DNQ DNQ 4 16 25 3 DNQ 15 DNQ DNQ 11 300
21   Elmer George DNQ 3 14 8 DNQ 13 6 270
22   Ernie Koch  R  14 9 DNQ 5 DNQ 12 7 DNQ 250
23   Bob Veith 8 14 DNP 250
24   Don Freeland 21 22 DNQ DNQ 4 DNS 240
25   Bud Tingelstad  R  9 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 14 12 DNQ 210
26   Jim McWithey 3 29 DNQ 14 12 DNQ 15 160
27   Shorty Templeman 17 13 DNQ 10 10 9 9 DNQ 157
28   Bob Christie 10 150
29   Chuck Stevenson 15 20 DNQ 6 24 17 DNP 8 130
30   Dempsey Wilson 33 DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 DNQ 17 DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 100
31   Red Amick DNQ 11 DNQ 17 100
32   Jack Rounds DNQ DNQ 7 11 DNP 18 80
33   Chuck Hulse DNQ 11 10 11 17 DNQ 17 70
34   Jack Turner DNQ 8 15 DNQ DNQ 50
35   Bruce Jacobi  R  DNP DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 50
36   A. J. Shepherd  R  8 DNQ 50
37   Bill Homeier 13 DNQ 9 12 DNQ DNQ DNS DNS 50
38   Duane Carter 12 DNQ 50
39   Johnny Boyd 27 9 22 DNQ DNQ 40
40   Gig Stephens 9 DNQ 40
41   Don Davis  R  DNQ 9 40
42   Lee Drollinger 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 10 15 14 40
43   Jiggs Peters 12 DNQ DNQ DNP 16 10
44   Bob Cleberg DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 10
45   Bill Cheesbourg DNQ DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ 10
-   Chuck Arnold 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNP DNQ 0
-   Gene Hartley 19 14 DNQ 0
-   Al Herman 14 32 0
-   Harold Leep  R  DNQ DNQ DNQ 14 0
-   Bill Hyde DNQ 15 0
-   Len Duncan 15 0
-   Nelson Stacy  R  15 0
-   Chuck Rodee DNQ 17 16 DNQ 0
-   Danny Jones  R  16 18 0
-   Ralph Liguori 16 DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Bryan 19 DNQ 18 0
-   Troy Ruttman 20 DNQ 0
-   Eddie Russo 26 0
-   Ebb Rose DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ 0
-   Tommy Copp DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Davies DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Norm Hall DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Johnny Tolan DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Paul Russo DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob McLean DNQ DNQ DNP 0
-   Johnny Coy DNP DNQ DNQ 0
-   Russ Congdon DNQ DNQ 0
-   Cliff Griffith DNQ DNQ 0
-   Tony Romit DNQ DNQ 0
-   Mike Magill DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob Tattersall DNQ DNQ 0
-   Mike McGreevy DNQ DNQ 0
-   Jim Hemmings DNP DNQ 0
-   George Constantine DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Daywalt DNQ 0
-   Duke Dinsmore DNQ 0
-   Jack Ensley DNQ 0
-   Bob Gregg DNQ 0
-   Eddie Jackson DNQ 0
-   Al Keller DNQ 0
-   Marvin Pifer DNQ 0
-   Bob Wente DNQ 0
-   Chuck Weyant DNQ 0
-   Wib Spalding DNQ 0
-   Bobby Marshman DNQ 0
-   Cliff Spalding DNQ 0
-   Don Horvath DNQ 0
-   Foster Campbell DNP 0
-   Leon Clum DNP 0
Pos Driver TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
TRE2
 
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
 RY  Rookie of the Year
 R  Rookie

ReferencesEdit

  • Åberg, Andreas. "USAC National Championship 1960". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  • "1960 USAC National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 274-275)

See alsoEdit