1909 AAA Championship Car season
|1909 AAA Championship Car season|
|AAA National Circuit Championship|
|Start date||June 12|
|End date||November 6|
|National champion||George Robertson|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1909 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 24 races, beginning in Portland, Oregon on June 12 and concluding with a point-to-point race from Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona on November 6. There were three events sanctioned by the Automobile Club of America in Lowell, Massachusetts. The de facto National Champion as poled by the American automobile journal Motor Age was Bert Dingley. Points were not awarded by the AAA Contest Board during the 1909 season. Champions of the day were decided by Chris G. Sinsabaugh, an editor at Motor Age, based on merit and on track performance. The points table was created retroactively in 1927 keeping Dingley as champion. In 1951 the championship standings were reworked, stripping the traditional champion of his title and giving it to George Robertson. All championship results should be considered unofficial.
Schedule and results
|Track||Location||Type||Notes||Pole Position||Winning Driver||Winner Car|
|June 12||Portland Race 1, 43.8||Portland Road Race Circuit||Portland, Oregon||Road Race||Stock class, costing $1600 or under||Howard Covey||Cadillac|
|Portland Race 2, 43.8||Limited to stock chassis of less than $3000||Charlie Arnold||Pope Hartford|
|June 12||Wemme Cup Race, 102.2||Free-For-All class.||Bert Dingley||Chalmers Detroit|
|June 18||Indiana Trophy Race, 232.74||Crown Point Road Race Circuit||Crown Point, Indiana||Road Race||Limited to stock chassis of maximum of 300 ci||Joe Matson||Chalmers Detroit|
|June 19||Cobe Trophy Race, 395.65||Limited to stock chassis of over 300 ci||Louis Chevrolet||Buick|
|July 5||Denver Trophy Race, 290||Brighton Road Race Circuit||Denver, Colorado||Road Race||Limited to stock chassis, Open engine||Eaton McMillan||Colburn|
|July 10||Ferris Trophy Race, 202.42||Santa Monica Road Race Circuit||Santa Monica, California||Road Race||Limited to stock chassis, light cars||Harris Hanshue||Harris Hanshue||Apperson|
|July 10||Shelter Trophy Race, 202.42||Limited to stock chassis, heavy cars||Bert Dingley||Chalmers Detroit|
|August 19||Prest-O-Lite Trophy Race*, 250||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Indianapolis, Indiana||Dirt Oval||Stock chassis, 301–450 ci.||Bob Burman||Buick|
|August 20||G & J Trophy Race, 100||Stock chassis.||Lewis Strang||Buick|
|August 21||Wheeler-Schebler Trophy Race**, 245||Limited to stock chassis||Leigh Lynch||Jackson|
|September 6||Vesper Club Trophy Race***, 212||Merrimack Valley Course||Lowell, Massachusetts||Road Race||Limited to stock chassis, 301–450 ci||Lee Lorimer||Bob Burman||Buick|
|Yorick Club Trophy Race***, 159||Limited to stock chassis, 231–300 ci,||John Coffey||Louis Chevrolet||Buick|
|Merrimack Valley Trophy Race***, 127.2||Limited to stock chassis, 161–230 ci||Joseph Grinnon||Willie Knipper||Chalmers Detroit|
|Lowell Trophy Race***, 318||Limited to stock chassis, 451–600 ci||George Robertson||Simplex|
|September 29||Riverhead Class A****, 227.5||Riverhead Road Race Circuit||Riverhead, New York||Road Race||$4001 and over||Ralph DePalma||Fiat|
|Riverhead Class B****, 182||$3001–4000||Frank Lescault||Palmer Singer|
|Riverhead Class C****, 136.5||$2001–3000||William Sharp||Sharp Arrow|
|Riverhead Class D****, 113.75||$1251–2000||Louis Chevrolet||Buick|
|Riverhead Class E****, 91||$851–1250||Arthur See||Maxwell|
|October 9||Philadelphia Race, 202.5||Fairmount Park||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Road Race||Stock Chassis||George Robertson||Simplex|
|October 24||Portola Festival Race, 258.16||Portola Road Race||San Leandro, California||Road Race||Jack Fleming||Pope Hartford|
|October 30||William K. Vanderbilt Cup, 278||Long Island Motor Parkway||Long Island, New York||Road Race||Limited to stock chassis, 301–600 ci||Lewis Strang||Harry Grant||Alco|
|November 6||Cactus Derby, 480||Los Angeles to Phoenix||California to Phoenix||Point to Point||Limited to stock chassis||Joe Nikrent
* William Bourque and his riding mechanic Harry Holcomb fatally injured on lap 58
** Race halted at 235 miles due to track breaking up. AAA report states that race was halted at 245 miles. Claude Kellem, Charles Merz's riding mechanic, was killed. Merz's car broke through the fence and crashed into spectators fatally injuring Howard H. Jolliff and James West.
*** Event sanctioned by Automobile Club of America, 301–450, 231–300 & 161–230 run simultaneously.
**** All classes run simultaneously.
Leading National Championship standings
* Bert Dingley was poled as national champion in 1909 and held his championship when points were applied in 1927. These are the final standing as of 1951 after AAA revised the championship trail for 1909. The earliest know occurrence of George Robertson holding the title was in the 1952 Indianapolis 500 program.
The points paying system for the 1909–1915 and 1917–1919 season were retroactively applied in 1927 and revised in 1951 using the points system from 1920. Points were awarded as follows.
- http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1909.htm accessed 9/16/10
- http://www.rumbledrome.com/10stats.html accessed 9/16/10
- http://www.motorsport.com/stats/champ/byyear.asp?Y=1909 accessed 9/16/10