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The 1965 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 18 races, beginning in Avondale, Arizona on March 28 and concluding at the same location on November 21. This season was notable for the Hoosier Grand Prix, the first ever road course race for this series. The USAC National Champion was Mario Andretti and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Jim Clark.

1965 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races18
Start dateMarch 28
End dateNovember 21
Awards
National championUnited States Mario Andretti
Indianapolis 500 winnerUnited Kingdom Jim Clark
← 1964
1966 →

Contents

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 March 28   Jimmy Bryan Memorial Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved   A. J. Foyt   Don Branson
2 April 25   Trenton 100 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   A. J. Foyt   Jim McElreath
3 May 31   International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved   A. J. Foyt   Jim Clark
4 June 6   Rex Mays Classic Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   A. J. Foyt   Parnelli Jones
5 June 20   Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Paved   Mario Andretti   Jim McElreath
6 July 4   Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill   Al UnserA   Al Unser
7 July 18   Trenton 150 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   A. J. Foyt   A. J. Foyt
8 July 25   Hoosier Grand Prix Indianapolis Raceway Park Clermont, Indiana Road   Mario Andretti   Mario Andretti
9 August 1   Atlanta Championship 250 Atlanta International Raceway Hampton, Georgia Paved   A. J. Foyt   Johnny Rutherford
10 August 8   Langhorne 125 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Paved   Gordon Johncock   Jim McElreath
11 August 14   Milwaukee 150 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   Parnelli Jones   Joe Leonard
12 August 21   Tony Bettenhausen Memorial Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt   Jim McElreath   A. J. Foyt
13 August 22   Tony Bettenhausen 200 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin Paved   A. J. Foyt   Gordon Johncock
14 September 6   Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt   A. J. Foyt   Don Branson
15 September 18   Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt   A. J. Foyt   A. J. Foyt
16 September 26   Trenton 200 Trenton International Speedway Trenton, New Jersey Paved   A. J. Foyt   A. J. Foyt
17 October 24   Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt   Don Branson   Don Branson
18 November 21   Bobby Ball Memorial Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Arizona Paved   Mario Andretti   A. J. Foyt
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
^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

Note: Bobby Johns not eligible for points.

Pos Driver PHX1
 
TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN1
 
PIP
 
TRE2
 
IRP
 
ATL
 
LAN2
 
MIL2
 
SPR
 
MIL3
 
DQSF
 
ISF
 
TRE3
 
SAC
 
PHX2
 
Pts
1   Mario Andretti 6 2 3 4 2 DNQ 1 2 4 2 3 16 15 2 13 3 2 3110
2   A. J. Foyt 19 17 15 16 17 1 4 19 2 19 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 2500
3   Jim McElreath 2 1 20 3 1 11 5 10 1 14 5 6 2 DNQ 3 8 23 2035
4   Don Branson 1 13 8 20 15 4 6 8 6 6 6 25 1 13 15 1 5 1875
5   Gordon Johncock 17 8 5 7 10 23 8 6 3 15 11 1 10 DNQ 14 21 1540
6   Joe Leonard 29 2 19 5 10 Wth 1 5 2 4 1415
7   Bobby Unser 16 10 19 17 14 2 14 2 22 5 4 10 18 17 4 6 4 3 1402
8   Roger McCluskey 21 30 6 13 17 3 9 DNQ 5 4 DNS 4 9 26 1060
9   Jud Larson 12 5 DNQ DNQ 6 19 16 12 7 8 9 4 3 8 5 8 1028
10   Parnelli Jones DNQ 2 1 17 DNQ 1000
11   Jim Clark 1 1000
12   Johnny Rutherford 15 11 31 15 DNQ DNS 11 1 8 13 4 24 5 6 16 6 22 993
13   Lloyd Ruby 5 DNQ 11 19 3 18 7 23 9 3 10 26 DNQ 850
14   Jim Hurtubise 4 19 33 DNQ 21 2 18 4 21 16 DNQ 21 7 16 25 16 743
15   Al Miller 4 DNQ Wth 20 10 12 15 Wth DNQ 18 655
16   Billy Foster 24 7 17 DNQ 5 20 DNP 3 17 20 26 12 24 DNQ 13 520
17   Bobby Grim 15 DNQ 8 11 3 28 24 8 7 500
18   Mickey Rupp 6 5 18 500
19   Al Unser DNQ 9 13 12 1 22 12 26 16 11 DNQ 7 DNQ DNQ 20 11 17 495
20   Bud Tingelstad 13 4 16 18 4 15 14 19 21 7 13 16 14 16 6 460
21   George Snider 23 21 DNQ 16 9 9 25 7 2 14 8 10 15 DNQ 453
22   Ronnie Duman 3 6 22 9 6 16 14 12 14 23 15 14 Wth DNS 19 DNQ 447
23   Carl Williams DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ 9 7 13 8 7 17 13 7 370
24   Chuck Rodee 22 28 5 12 10 DNQ DNQ 325
25   Bob Harkey 20 9 DNQ DNQ 8 8 15 11 DNQ 9 DNQ 10 11 325
26   Dan Gurney 26 3 12 230
27   Tommy Copp DNQ 7 8 DNQ 25 225
28   Red Riegel DNQ DNQ 11 14 6 5 DNQ 205
29   Art Pollard 22 5 DNQ 19 200
30   Arnie Knepper 7 16 18 14 22 DNQ 16 21 DNQ 16 11 13 15 7 190
31   Gary Congdon 10 22 10 9 11 11 DNQ 18 DNQ 163
32   Sam Sessions DNS DNQ 13 9 DNQ DNQ 11 10 150
33   Eddie Johnson 10 150
34   Bob Wente 14 3 DNQ DNQ 140
35   Len Sutton 12 21 7 DNQ 110
36   Wally Dallenbach 13 DNQ 9 80
37   Bill Vukovich, Jr. 9 80
38   Bob Hurt 8 DNQ DNQ DNQ Wth 29 DNQ DNQ 75
39   Norm Hall 10 DNQ 10 DNQ 19 21 75
40   Charles Louderman 3 70
41   Wes Vandervoort 4 60
42   Dee Jones 9 24 DNQ DNQ DNQ 60
43   Paul Kleinschmidt 5 50
44   Bob Mathouser 21 DNQ 11 DNQ 12 13 27 18 DNQ 17 12 22 18 45
45   Jack Hahn 6 40
46   Bay Darnell 9 DNQ 40
47   Roy Walker 7 30
48   Rodger Ward 11 20 DNQ 22 DNQ DNQ 24 22 23 23 15 30
49   Dick Atkins 12 12 30
50   Orville Nance 8 25
51   Slim Roberts 9 20
52   Greg Weld DNQ DNQ 17 12 DNQ 20 20
53   Grier Manning 10 15
54   Malcolm Brazier 11 10
55   Bill Cheesbourg 32 12 DNQ 17 DNQ 10
56   Louis Unser 12 5
-   Bobby Johns 7 0
-   Dave Paul DNQ DNQ 13 20 15 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Johnny Boyd 13 0
-   Vern Root 13 0
-   Art Malone 14 DNQ 21 23 15 22 DNQ 20 0
-   Larry Dickson 14 24 0
-   Dempsey Wilson DNQ DNQ 14 0
-   Walt Hansgen 14 0
-   Thurel Novotny 14 0
-   Bob Daly 15 0
-   Bob McLees 16 0
-   Ralph Liguori 18 18 DNQ 20 24 20 17 DNQ 0
-   Mike McGreevy DNQ 17 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob Tattersall 17 DNQ 0
-   Rick Vermillion 17 0
-   Bruce Jacobi DNQ 18 DNQ 18 0
-   Mel Kenyon DNQ DNQ 18 0
-   Bob Werner 18 0
-   George Morris 18 0
-   Clark Yowell 19 0
-   Bob Pratt 19 0
-   Hank Davis 20 0
-   Dan Morgan 21 0
-   Skip Hedrick 21 0
-   Ted Foltz 22 0
-   Masten Gregory 23 0
-   Clyde McFarlin 23 0
-   Bob Veith 24 0
-   Walter Miller 24 0
-   Chuck Stevenson 25 DNQ DNQ 0
-   Danny Collins 25 0
-   Jerry Grant 27 DNQ 0
-   Chuck Arnold DNQ DNS 0
-   Bill Eldridge DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Gig Stephens DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob King DNQ DNQ 0
-   Chuck Booth DNQ DNQ 0
-   Bob Huebner Wth DNQ 0
-   Bob Christie DNQ 0
-   Paul Goldsmith DNQ 0
-   Skip Hudson DNQ 0
-   Ebb Rose DNQ 0
-   Paul Russo DNQ 0
-   Bill Sullivan DNQ 0
-   Chuck Hulse DNQ 0
-   Ray Furnal DNP 0
-   Sherman Cleveland DNP 0
Pos Driver PHX1
 
TRE1
 
INDY
 
MIL1
 
LAN1
 
PIP
 
TRE2
 
IRP
 
ATL
 
LAN2
 
MIL2
 
SPR
 
MIL3
 
DQSF
 
ISF
 
TRE3
 
SAC
 
PHX2
 
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 1965". Driver Database. Archived from the original on 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  • "1965 USAC National Championship Trail". ChampCarStats.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  • http://media.indycar.com/pdf/2011/IICS_2011_Historical_Record_Book_INT6.pdf (p. 260-265)

See alsoEdit