Don Branson

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Don Branson
Born (1920-06-02)June 2, 1920
Rantoul, Illinois
Died November 12, 1966(1966-11-12) (aged 46)
Gardena, California
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19591960
Teams Phillips
Races 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 3
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1959 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1960 Indianapolis 500

Donald L. Branson (June 2, 1920 – November 12, 1966) was an American racecar driver.

Career[edit]

Born in Rantoul, Illinois, Branson drove in the USAC Championship Car series and also in sprint cars, racing champ cars in the 1956–1966 seasons with 129 starts, including the 1959–1966 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 85 times, with 7 victories.

Branson was also the 1959 and 1964 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion.

He was killed in a crash at a sprint car race at Ascot Park in Gardena, California, along with fellow driver Dick Atkins.

Awards[edit]

He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.[1]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1959 Bob Estes Phillips Offenhauser L4 MON
500
24
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
1960 Bob Estes Phillips Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
4
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
21st 3

References[edit]