1965 USAC Championship Car season

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1965 USAC Championship Car season
USAC National Championship Trail
Season
Races 18
Start date March 28
End date November 21
Awards
National champion United States Mario Andretti
Indianapolis 500 winner United Kingdom Jim Clark
Chronology
Previous season Next season
1964 1966

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.

Schedule and results[edit]


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

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

Note: Bobby Johns not eligible for points.

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