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The 1962 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Trenton, New Jersey on April 8 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 18. There was also one non-championship event at Pikes Peak, Colorado. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Rodger Ward. Hugh Randall was killed in the Langhorne 100 at Langhorne Speedway; he was 29 years old.

1962 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races13
Start dateApril 8
End dateNovember 18
Awards
National championUnited States Rodger Ward
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Rodger Ward
← 1961
1963 →

Contents

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 8   Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Don Davis   A. J. Foyt
2 May 30   International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   Parnelli Jones   Rodger Ward
3 June 10   Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   A. J. Foyt   A. J. Foyt
4 July 1   Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt   Jim Hurtubise   A. J. Foyt
NC July 4   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Bobby UnserA   Bobby Unser
5 July 22   Trenton 150 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   A. J. Foyt   Rodger Ward
6 August 19   Tony Bettenhausen Memorial Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Roger McCluskey   Jim Hurtubise
7 August 20   Tony Bettenhausen 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Bobby Marshman   Rodger Ward
8 August 26   Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt   A. J. Foyt   Don Branson
9 September 8   Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt   Parnelli Jones   Rodger Ward
10 September 15   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   Parnelli Jones   Parnelli Jones
11 September 23   Trenton 200 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   A. J. Foyt   Don Branson
12 October 28   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   A. J. Foyt   A. J. Foyt
13 November 18   Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Parnelli Jones   Bobby Marshman
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A 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
 
LAN1
 
TRE2
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
LAN2
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
TRE3
 
SAC
 
PHX
 
Pts
1   Rodger Ward 3 1 4 1 17 1 1 5 5 2460
2   A. J. Foyt 1 23 1 1 7 7 2 4 2 16 4 1 2 1950
3   Parnelli Jones 2 7 2 2 4 2 9 3 15 1 19 5 4 1760
4   Don Branson 4 12 17 4 2 3 25 1 7 2 1 2 8 1700
5   Bobby Marshman 10 5 12 5 21 4 3 9 13 6 3 15 1 1581
6   Jim Hurtubise 6 13 3 3 5 1 21 2 4 8 9 4 5 1340
7   Len Sutton 7 2 15 20 DNP 2 10 9 1250
8   Jim McElreath 16 6 14 7 6 5 5 7 10 3 8 14 DNQ 1210
9   Eddie Sachs 18 3 21 15 4 7 1060
10   Don Davis 5 4 8 17 3 960
11   Lloyd Ruby 8 19 6 22 11 13 6 8 3 700
12   Roger McCluskey 8 16 5 14 DNQ 15 6 5 6 4 21 18 6 690
13   Ronnie Duman 19 DNQ 6 6 10 DNQ 8 10 9 10 20 DNQ 405
14   Allen Crowe DNQ 31 10 10 8 DNQ 10 12 5 14 305
15   Troy Ruttman 18 DNQ 13 3 DNQ 13 6 7 280
16   Bud Tingelstad 21 15 7 9 7 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 240
17   Chuck Hulse 22 21 DNQ 13 13 26 6 DNQ 7 10 13 10 230
18   Elmer George DNQ 17 18 DNQ DNQ 10 17 DNQ 18 18 3 16 229
19   Jim Rathmann 9 200
20   Johnny Boyd 10 150
21   Shorty Templeman 9 11 16 13 18 140
22   Al Farmer DNQ DNQ DNQ 8 14 24 8 16 DNQ 18 16 DNQ 100
23   Bobby Grim 19 8 11 11 97
24   Bob Mathouser DNQ DNQ 16 17 18 DNQ 13 8 DNQ 12 DNQ 83
25   Johnny Rutherford 15 14 7 11 80
26   Bruce Jacobi 11 DNQ DNQ 9 12 75
27   Bobby Marvin 17 DNQ 9 15 11 17 17 DNQ 12 70
28   Ernie Koch DNQ DNQ 16 12 9 22 11 17 70
29   Chuck Rodee 32 11 11 60
30   Chuck Booth 9 15 40
31   Bob Veith 33 9 23 DNQ 40
32   Don Freeland DNQ 11 30
33   Bill Cheesbourg DNQ DNQ 12 DNQ 12 17 30
34   Jiggs Peters DNQ 23 11 DNQ 15 DNQ 24 20
35   Red Riegel 11 20
36   Keith Rachwitz DNQ 13 Wth 12 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 10
37   Ralph Liguori DNQ 18 22 DNQ 17 12 17 13 10
38   Colby Scroggin 12 14 10
39   Dempsey Wilson 12 DNQ 10
-   Roy Graham 13 DNQ 0
-   Leroy Neumayer DNQ 15 14 16 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Jack Conely DNQ 22 19 14 16 0
-   Al Miller DNQ DNQ 14 DNQ 0
-   Chuck Arnold 14 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ebb Rose 14 0
-   Ed Kostenuk DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 15 0
-   Johnny Coy 15 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Dick Rathmann 20 24 DNQ DNS 18 16 0
-   Bob Christie 30 DNQ 16 0
-   Art Malone DNQ 18 0
-   Jack Turner 29 19 DNQ 23 0
-   Eddie Johnson 25 20 0
-   Jim Hemmings DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 20 DNQ 0
-   Dan Gurney 20 0
-   Jimmy Daywalt 22 0
-   Bill Randall DNQ 24 0
-   Paul Goldsmith 26 0
-   Gene Hartley 27 0
-   Paul Russo 28 DNQ 0
-   Curtis Turner DNQ DNS 0
-   Herb Hill DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Gig Stephens DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Hugh Randall DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Duane Carter DNQ DNQ 0
-   Tommy Copp DNQ DNQ 0
-   Mike McGreevy DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ray Brown DNQ 0
-   Leon Clum DNQ 0
-   Russ Congdon DNQ 0
-   Chuck Daigh DNQ 0
-   Jack Ensley DNQ 0
-   Jack Fairman DNQ 0
-   Cliff Griffith DNQ 0
-   Norm Hall DNQ 0
-   Chuck Stevenson DNQ 0
-   Chuck Weyant DNQ 0
-   Carl Williams DNQ 0
-   George Morris DNQ 0
-   Buzz Rose DNQ 0
-   Bobby Unser DNQ 0
-   Ray Wearne DNQ 0
-   Howard Osborn DNQ 0
Pos Driver TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN1
 
TRE2
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
LAN2
 
SYR
 
ISF
 
TRE3
 
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 1962". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  • "1962 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. 270-271)

See alsoEdit