1953 AAA Championship Car season

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1953 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races 12
Start date May 30
End date November 11
Awards
National champion United States Sam Hanks
Indianapolis 500 winner United States Bill Vukovich
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1952 1954

The 1953 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11. There was also one non-championship event in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The AAA National Champion was Sam Hanks, and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Bill Vukovich. Chet Miller died while practicing for the Indy 500.

Schedule and results[edit]


Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 May 30 United States International 500 Mile SweepstakesA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved United States Bill Vukovich United States Bill Vukovich
2 June 7 United States Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt United States Manny Ayulo United States Jack McGrath
3 June 21 United States Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt United States Don Freeland United States Rodger Ward
4 July 4 United States Detroit 100B Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway Detroit, Michigan Dirt United States Duane Carter United States Rodger Ward
NC July 26 United States Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt United States Duane Carter United States Jimmy Davies
5 August 22 United States Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt United States Chuck Stevenson United States Sam Hanks
6 August 30 United States Milwaukee 200 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Dirt United States Jack McGrath United States Chuck Stevenson
7 September 7 United States Ted Horn Memorial DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt United States Mike Nazaruk United States Sam Hanks
8 September 7 United States Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill United States Bob FinneyC United States Louis Unser
9 September 12 United States Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt United States Bob Sweikert United States Tony Bettenhausen
10 September 26 United States Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt United States Manny Ayulo United States Bob Sweikert
11 October 25 United States Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt United States Mike Nazaruk United States Jimmy Bryan
12 November 11 United States Phoenix 100 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Tony Bettenhausen
  Paved/Dirt Oval
  Road Course/Hill Climb
  Non-championship race
^A Indianapolis 500 was AAA-sanctioned and counted towards the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship title.
^B 73 laps were completed. Race stopped due to flipped car. Final standings reverted to 51 laps because of red flag and work done on cars. Half points awarded.
^C 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 standings[edit]

Pos Driver INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
SPR1
United States
DET
United States
SPR2
United States
MIL2
United States
DQSF
United States
PIK
United States
SYR
United States
ISF
United States
SAC
United States
PHX
United States
Pts
1 United States Sam Hanks 3 10 2 4 1 22 1 4 5 3 3 1659.5
2 United States Jack McGrath 5 1 4 16 13 4 4 9 DNQ 10 13 1250
3 United States Bill Vukovich 1 DNQ 1000
4 United States Manuel Ayulo 13 14 DNQ 17 2 2 2 10 2 12 4 960
5 United States Paul Russo 25 4 DNQ 13 6 3 14 13 12 6 17 855
6 United States Art Cross 2 800
7 United States Don Freeland 27 16 3 DNQ 7 5 12 3 4 17 6 750
8 United States Chuck Stevenson 29 15 6 DNQ 3 1 9 18 DNQ 9 745
9 United States Jimmy Bryan 14 2 8 3 15 10 7 17 11 1 15 621.4
10 United States Tony Bettenhausen 9 DNS 18 1 6 1 596
11 United States Rodger Ward 16 18 1 1 17 6 DNQ 7 8 13 18 540.2
12 United States Jimmy Davies 10 8 15 16 12 5 16 DNS 4 7 494.2
13 United States Johnny Parsons 26 DNQ 8 4 21 3 12 3 15 16 435.5
14 United States Duane Carter 24 9 DNQ 7 DNQ 17 DNQ 10 Wth 2 428.6
15 United States Bob Sweikert 20 17 DNQ 13 17 8 1 2 12 420
16 United States Ernie McCoy 8 5 17 5 DNQ DNS DNS 401
17 United States Jimmy Daywalt 6 DNQ DNQ 400
18 United States Bob Scott 31 DNS 9 DNQ DNS DNQ 5 5 328
19 United States Fred Agabashian 4 315
20 United States Cal Niday 30 6 7 9 5 19 8 DNQ DNS Wth 310.4
21 United States Jerry Hoyt 23 3 14 DNQ 20 DNQ 6 DNQ 8 9 310
22 United States Andy Linden 33 7 5 10 DNQ 8 11 DNQ 16 DNQ 10 263.3
23 United States Jimmy Reece DNS 18 8 7 DNQ DNQ DNQ 7 14 245.8
24 United States Mike Nazaruk 21 11 6 DNQ 16 13 2 15 14 205
25 United States Louis Unser 1 200
26 United States Jim Rathmann 7 169.5
27 United States Keith Andrews 2 160
28 United States Walt Faulkner 17 DNQ 9 DNQ 18 DNS 6 DNQ DNQ DNP 158.4
29 United States Al Rogers 3 140
30 United States Eddie Johnson DNS DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 130.5
31 United States Bob Finney 4 120
32 United States Pat O'Connor DNQ DNQ DNQ 7 8 110
33 United States Eddie Russo DNQ 11 10 11 15 11 DNQ 100.2
34 United States Bill Holland 15 DNQ 18 5 100
35 United States Hugh Thomas 5 100
36 United States Duke Nalon 11 100
37 Canada Allen Heath DNQ DNQ 15 2 81.6
38 United States Tommy Hinnershitz 10 12 9 DNQ 14 81.6
39 United States Walt Killinger 6 80
40 United States Potsy Goacher DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ DNQ 62
41 United States Shelby Hill 7 60
42 United States Herb Bryers 8 50
43 United States Gene Hartley 28 DNQ 14 DNS DNQ 17 44.8
44 United States Ed Elisian DNQ 9 40
45 United States Pete Pusede 9 40
46 United States Chuck Weyant DNQ 10 DNQ 14 30
47 United States Pete Woods 10 30
48 United States Rex Easton DNQ DNQ DNQ 13 DNQ 11 20
49 United States Danny Oakes DNQ DNQ 11 14 DNS DNQ 20
50 United States Buzz Barton DNQ DNQ 11 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS 20
51 United States Charles Lowderman 11 20
52 United States Carl Scarborough 12 17.5
53 United States Frank Armi DNQ DNS 14.6
54 United States Bill Homeier DNQ DNS 12 DNQ DNQ DNQ 14.5
55 United States Paul Kleinschmidt 12 10
56 United States Vic Carter 12 5.5
57 United States Edgar Elder DNQ 11 DNQ 5.4
58 United States Duke Dinsmore DNS DNQ 12 15 DNQ 5.1
- United States Johnny Thomson 32 13 0
- United States Chuck Marshall DNQ 13 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Malcolm Brazier 13 0
- United States Johnny Fedricks DNQ DNQ DNQ 18 14 DNQ DNQ 15 DNQ 0
- United States Jimmy Good 14 0
- United States Chuck Hulse 15 0
- United States Spider Webb 19 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNS DNP 0
- United States Johnny Roberts DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Don Olds 16 DNQ 0
- United States Norman Robinson 16 0
- United States Charles Bryant 17 0
- United States Eddie Sachs DNQ DNQ DNQ 18 DNQ 0
- United States Leroy Warriner DNQ 18 0
- United States Marshall Teague 18 0
- United States George Hammond 18 0
- United States Joe Garson 19 0
- United States Don Carlson 20 0
- United States Pat Flaherty 22 0
- United States Johnny Mantz DNS 0
- United States Jackie Holmes DNS 0
- United States George Tichenor DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States George Wilson DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Key DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Tolan DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bill Doster DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Ralph Pratt DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Joe Barzda DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Len Duncan DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Ottis Stine DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Gene Force DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Bill Taylor DNQ DNQ 0
- United States Henry Banks DNQ Wth 0
- United States Bill Boyd DNQ 0
- United States Billy Cantrell DNQ 0
- United States Neal Carter DNQ 0
- United States George Connor DNQ 0
- United States Ray Crawford DNQ 0
- Argentina Jorge Daponte DNQ 0
- United States John Fitch DNQ 0
- United States George Fonder DNQ 0
- United States Cliff Griffith DNQ 0
- United States Red Hamilton DNQ 0
- United States Al Herman DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Kay DNQ 0
- United States Jud Larson DNQ 0
- United States Jim Mayes DNQ 0
- United States Chet Miller DNQ 0
- United States Roy Newman DNQ 0
- Canada Hal Robson DNQ 0
- United States Wayne Selser DNQ 0
- United States Joe Sostilio DNQ 0
- United States Harry Stockman DNQ 0
- United States J. Chaplin DNQ 0
- United States Gays Biro DNQ 0
- United States Paul Howe DNQ 0
- United States Johnny Hobel DNQ 0
- United States Don Daly DNQ 0
- United States R. Manual DNQ 0
- United States Bill Milliken DNQ 0
- United States Wayne Sankey DNQ 0
- United States Phil Shafer DNQ 0
- United States Art McKee DSQ 0
- United States Troy Ruttman Wth 0
- United States Ebe Yoder Wth 0
- Italy Alberto Ascari DNP 0
- United States Johnny Mauro DNP 0
Pos Driver INDY
United States
MIL1
United States
SPR1
United States
DET
United States
SPR2
United States
MIL2
United States
DQSF
United States
PIK
United States
SYR
United States
ISF
United States
SAC
United States
PHX
United States
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

Note1: The points became the car, when not only one driver led the car, the relieved driver became small part of the points. Points for driver method: (the points for the finish place) / (number the lap when completed the car) * (number the lap when completed the driver)
Note2: Bob Scott was running at the finish of two races after taking over mid-event as a relief driver.

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