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The 1963 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Trenton, New Jersey on April 21 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 17. There was also one non-championship event at Pikes Peak, Colorado. The USAC National Champion was A. J. Foyt, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Parnelli Jones. Jim Clark's win at Milwaukee in August marked the first win for a rear-engined car in Champ Car competition.[1]

1963 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races12
Start dateApril 21
End dateNovember 17
Awards
National championUnited States A. J. Foyt
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited States Parnelli Jones
← 1962
1964 →

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 April 21   Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Lloyd Ruby   A. J. Foyt
2 May 30   International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   Parnelli Jones   Parnelli Jones
3 June 9   Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Johnny Boyd   Rodger Ward
4 June 23   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 28   Trenton 150 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   A. J. Foyt   A. J. Foyt
6 August 17   Tony Bettenhausen Memorial Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   A. J. Foyt   Rodger Ward
7 August 18   Tony Bettenhausen 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Jim Clark   Jim Clark
8 September 2   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   Rodger Ward   A. J. Foyt
9 September 14   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   Rodger Ward   Rodger Ward
10 September 22   Trenton 200 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   Jim Clark   A. J. Foyt
11 October 27   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   Rodger Ward   Rodger Ward
12 November 17   Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt   Johnny Rutherford   Rodger Ward
  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
 
LAN
 
TRE2
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
ISF
 
TRE3
 
SAC
 
PHX
 
Pts
1   A. J. Foyt 1 3 4 1 1 2 2 1 3 1 2 8 2950
2   Rodger Ward 18 4 1 3 1 4 2 1 26 1 1 2210
3   Jim McElreath 4 6 5 2 8 6 11 7 5 4 3 3 1655
4   Parnelli Jones 2 1 DNQ 4 22 8 23 6 18 22 12 4 1540
5   Don Branson 17 5 17 DNS 12 3 10 5 2 5 6 7 1352
6   Jim Clark 2 1 21 1200
7   Chuck Hulse 22 8 3 12 6 DNQ 5 3 15 19 16 2 1020
8   Roger McCluskey 8 15 18 10 7 4 6 11 6 18 5 5 750
9   Jim Hurtubise 3 22 19 3 4 17 8 8 10 24 11 660
10   Johnny Rutherford 10 29 20 7 16 5 7 10 4 6 17 11 640
11   Troy Ruttman 5 12 DNQ 5 14 3 580
12   Dan Gurney 7 3 16 580
13   Bud Tingelstad 28 15 9 11 18 12 2 13 6 490
14   Bobby Grim 25 11 2 9 11 8 10 440
15   Bobby Marshman 6 16 7 5 19 15 22 4 DNQ 20 18 18 323
16   Lloyd Ruby 19 19 12 24 9 26 17 8 8 4 16 320
17   Johnny White 7 19 9 7 7 9 15 320
18   Ronnie Duman 9 DNQ 10 6 10 16 9 235
19   Al Miller 9 22 DNQ DNQ 25 DNQ 200
20   Len Sutton 7 DNQ 6 21 12 12 13 DNQ DNQ 170
21   Eddie Sachs 15 17 2 DNQ 24 23 160
22   Dempsey Wilson 11 DNQ DNQ 10 160
23   Dick Rathmann 10 DNQ 150
24   Bob Harkey DNQ DNQ 9 17 13 DNQ 14 9 15 DNQ 120
25   Bobby Unser 33 18 7 9 100
26   Bob Mathouser 11 DNQ DNQ 11 11 15 DNQ 15 DNQ 14 70
27   Colby Scroggin 13 DNQ 8 DNQ 17 17 50
28   Ralph Liguori DNQ 16 8 15 14 DNQ 18 16 DNQ 50
29   Jack Conely DNQ 9 17 40
30   Ed Kostenuk DNQ DNQ 21 11 40
31   Arnie Knepper 13 DNQ 10 14 30
32   Chuck Booth 10 DNQ 30
33   Eddie Johnson 20 12 20
34   Sonny Helms 13 12 10
35   Curtis Turner 12 DNQ 10
36   Jerry Daniels 12 10
-   Bob Veith 26 13 13 0
-   Jerry Weld DNQ 16 DNQ 14 DNQ 13 0
-   Chuck Rodee DNQ 20 DNQ 13 0
-   Bruce Jacobi DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob Christie 13 DNQ 0
-   Johnny Boyd 32 14 0
-   Billy Cantrell DNQ 14 DNQ 0
-   Mel Kenyon 14 DNQ 0
-   Jiggs Peters 14 0
-   Ebb Rose 14 0
-   Mickey Shaw 20 18 DNQ DNQ 15 DNQ 25 0
-   Bob Wente DNQ DNQ 16 17 0
-   Allen Crowe 16 27 0
-   Paul Goldsmith 18 0
-   Art Malone 31 DNQ 20 0
-   Al Farmer 21 Wth 23 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Pat Flaherty 21 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Chuck Stevenson 21 DNQ 0
-   Duane Carter 23 0
-   Jim Rathmann 24 0
-   Elmer George 30 DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Davies DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ed Hoyle DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob McLean DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bobby Hogle DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Gig Stephens DNQ DNQ 0
-   Masten Gregory DNQ DNQ 0
-   Paul Russo DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bill Cheesbourg DNQ DNQ 0
-   George Morris DNQ DNQ 0
-   Tommy Copp DNQ DNQ 0
-   Ray Crawford DNQ 0
-   Jimmy Daywalt DNQ 0
-   Chuck Engle DNQ 0
-   Don Freeland DNQ 0
-   Cliff Griffith DNQ 0
-   Norm Hall DNQ 0
-   Gene Hartley DNQ 0
-   Graham Hill DNQ 0
-   Junior Johnson DNQ 0
-   Bill Krause DNQ 0
-   Keith Rachwitz DNQ 0
-   Pedro Rodríguez DNQ 0
-   Joe Sostilio DNQ 0
-   Jack Turner DNQ 0
-   Red Amick DNQ 0
-   Howard Osborn DNQ 0
-   Wally Talbot DNQ 0
-   Curly Boyd DNQ 0
-   Dee Jones DNQ 0
Pos Driver TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN
 
TRE2
 
SPR
 
MIL2
 
DQSF
 
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 1963". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-12-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • "1963 USAC National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2010-12-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  1. ^ Case, Dean. "Eagle-eye Feature: August 18, 1963 - The Day the Dinosaurs Died". All American Racers. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

See alsoEdit