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Charles "Chuck" Stevenson (October 15, 1919 – August 21, 1995) was an American racecar driver.

Chuck Stevenson
Chuck Stevenson 1952cr.jpg
Stevenson in 1952
Born(1919-10-15)October 15, 1919
Sidney, Montana, U.S.
DiedAugust 21, 1995(1995-08-21) (aged 75)
Benson, Arizona, U.S.
Awards1952 AAA Champion
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
2 races run over 2 years
Best finish94th – 1956 (Grand National)
First race1955 LeHi 300 Race #2 (LeHi)
Last race1956 Willow Springs Raceway (Lancaster)
First win1956 Willow Springs Raceway (Lancaster)
Last win1956 Willow Springs Raceway (Lancaster)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 1 0
Statistics current as of March 22, 2007.
Chuck Stevenson
Born(1919-10-15)October 15, 1919
DiedAugust 21, 1995(1995-08-21) (aged 75)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19511954, 1960
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Marchese, Watson
Entries5
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1951 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

AAA and USAC Championship Car seriesEdit

Stevenson drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949–1954, 1960–1961, and 1963–1965 seasons with 54 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1951–1954, 1960–1961, and 1963–1965. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with four victories, two of them coming in the 1952 season when he won the AAA National Championship.

Panamericana raceEdit

In 1951 Stevenson drove a Nash-Healey course (pace) car that was supplied by the Mexican Nash automobile importer in the grueling 2,000-mile (3,219 km) Carrera Panamericana race.[1][2] This endurance event is described as one of the most dangerous automobile races of any type in the world, and Stevenson had to be ahead of the racers to ensure the way was clear.[1][3] In both 1952 and 1953 Stevenson won the sedan class driving a "well-prepared" Lincoln Capri.[4][5] He is the only two-time winner in the history of the Carrera Panamericana.[6]

NASCAREdit

Stevenson also raced in two NASCAR events: one in 1955 and one in 1956, picking up a win at Willow Springs Raceway in 1956 driving a Ford.[7] In the 1955 race, he was driving a car owned by Indy winner Pete DePaolo.[8]

Complete AAA Championship Car resultsEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pos Points
1949 ARL INDY MIL TRE SPR MIL
14
DUQ PIK SYR DET SPR
4
LAN SAC DMR 34th 120
1950 INDY MIL
DNS
LAN
3
SPR
DNQ
MIL
20
PIK SYR DET
6
SPR
3
SAC
4
PHX
4
BAY
19
DAR
6
8th 760
1951 INDY
20
MIL
DNQ
LAN DAR
9
SPR
5
MIL
6
DUQ
10
DUQ
4
PIK SYR
9
DET DNC
DNP
SJS PHX BAY 14th 538
1952 INDY
18
MIL
6
RAL
6
SPR
5
MIL
1
DET
3
DUQ
1
PIK SYR
7
DNC
2
SJS
7
PHX
6
1st 1.440
1953 INDY
29
MIL
15
SPR
6
DET
DNQ
SPR
3
MIL
1
DUQ
9
PIK SYR
18
ISF
DNQ
SAC
9
PHX 8th 745
1954 INDY
12
MIL
1
LAN DAR
29
SPR
2
MIL
2
DUQ
2
PIK SYR ISF SAC PHX LVG 7th 861,5
1960 TRE INDY
15
MIL
20
LAN
DNQ
SPR
6
MIL
24
DUQ
17
SYR
DNP
ISF
8
TRE SAC PHX 29th 130
1961 TRE INDY
6
MIL LAN MIL SPR DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX 14th 400
1962 TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN TRE SPR MIL LAN SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0
1963 TRE INDY
21
MIL
DNQ
LAN TRE SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0
1964 PHX
DNQ
TRE INDY
28
MIL
6
LAN TRE SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC PHX 35th 80
1965 PHX TRE INDY
25
MIL
DNQ
LAN
DNQ
PIP TRE IRP ATL LAN MIL SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0
1966 PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN ATL PIP IRP LAN SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0
1967 PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN PIP MOS MOS IRP LAN MTR MTR SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC HAN PHX RIV - 0
1968 HAN LVG PHX TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL MOS MOS LAN PIP CDR NAZ IRP IRP LAN LAN MTR MTR SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC MCH HAN PHX RIV - 0

Indy 500 resultsEdit

World Championship career summaryEdit

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Chuck Stevenson participated in five World Championship races, but scored no World Championship points.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tipler, Johnny; Ramirez, Jo (2008). La Carrera Panamericana: "The World's Greatest Road Race!". Veloce Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-84584-170-6. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Murphy, Daryl E. (2008). Carrera Panamericana: History of the Mexican Road Race, 1950–54. iUniverse. p. 25. ISBN 9780595483242. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nash Healey Racing" (PDF). Nash Healey Newsletter: 4. December 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ White, Gordon Eliot (2001). Kurtis-Kraft: masterworks of speed and style. MBI Publishing. p. 145. ISBN 9780760309100. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Donnelly, Jim (August 2004). "Hot Rod Lincoln". Hemmings Muscle Machines. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Tipler, p. 83.
  7. ^ "Chuck Stevenson results by track". racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Pete DePaolo: ownership stats". racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 19, 2014.