List of USAC Championship Car seasons

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A. J. Foyt driving a Championship Car in 1984

From 1956 to 1978, USAC Championship Car seasons featured the top teams and drivers in U.S. open-wheel racing. Until 1971, the Championship contained road courses, ovals, dirt courses, and, on occasion, a hill climb. Thereafter, the schedule consisted mainly of paved ovals. In 1979, the majority of car owners left the USAC to race in the Indy Car World Series, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and CART. This led to a decline in the number of events in the schedule, and by the 1984-85 season, the Championship comprised only one race, the Indianapolis 500. The era of USAC Championship Cars concluded with the formation of the Indy Racing League in 1995, which was sanctioned by the USAC until the controversial finish of the 81st Indianapolis 500. The most successful driver in USAC Championship Car history was A. J. Foyt with seven National Championships and four Indianapolis 500 victories. Foyt competed in every season from 1957 to 1992-93.

Seasons[edit]

# Year Races National Champion Indianapolis 500 Drivers Notes
Dirt Oval Hill Climb Paved Oval Road Total Ranked Fatalities
USAC National Championship Trail
1 1956 8 (1) (1) 4 (1) - 12 (3) United States Jimmy Bryan United States Pat Flaherty 36 - [1][2]
2 1957 9 (1) (1) 4 (3) - 13 (5) United States Jimmy Bryan United States Sam Hanks 41 1 [3][4]
3 1958 8 (1) (1) 5 (3) - 13 (5) United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Jimmy Bryan 38 2 [5][6]
4 1959 7 (1) (1) 6 (1) - 13 (3) United States Rodger Ward United States Rodger Ward 50 5 [7][8]
5 1960 7 (1) (1) 5 - 12 (2) United States A. J. Foyt United States Jim Rathmann 45 1 [9][10]
6 1961 7 (1) 5 - 12 (1) United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt 43 1 [11][12]
7 1962 7 (1) 6 - 13 (1) United States Rodger Ward United States Rodger Ward 39 1 [13][14]
8 1963 6 (1) 6 - 12 (1) United States A. J. Foyt United States Parnelli Jones 36 - [15][16]
9 1964 5 (1) 8 - 13 (1) United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt 46 3 [17][18]
10 1965 4 1 12 1 18 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Jim Clark 57 - [19][20]
11 1966 4 1 10 1 (1) 16 (1) United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Graham Hill 57 1 [21][22]
12 1967 4 1 10 6 21 United States A. J. Foyt United States A. J. Foyt 62 - [23][24]
13 1968 5 1 13 9 28 United States Bobby Unser United States Bobby Unser 68 2 [25][26]
14 1969 5 1 10 8 24 United States Mario Andretti United States Mario Andretti 72 - [27][28]
15 1970 5 (1) 10 3 18 (1) United States Al Unser United States Al Unser 55 - [29][30]
16 1971 - - 12 - 12 United States Joe Leonard United States Al Unser 44 - [31][32]
17 1972 - - 10 - 10 United States Joe Leonard United States Mark Donohue 42 1 [33][34]
18 1973 - - 16 - 16 United States Roger McCluskey United States Gordon Johncock 36 1 [35][36]
19 1974 - - 14 - 14 United States Bobby Unser United States Johnny Rutherford 37 - [37][38]
20 1975 - - 13 - 13 United States A. J. Foyt United States Bobby Unser 38 - [39][40]
21 1976 - - 13 - 13 United States Gordon Johncock United States Johnny Rutherford 39 - [41][42]
22 1977 - - 13 1 14 United States Tom Sneva United States A. J. Foyt 41 - [43][44]
23 1978 - - 15 3 18 United States Tom Sneva United States Al Unser 45 - [45][46]
24 1979 - - 7 - 7 United States A. J. Foyt United States Rick Mears 32 - [47][48]
Championship Racing League
25 1980 - - 4 1 5 United States Johnny Rutherford United States Johnny Rutherford 57 - [49][50]
USAC Gold Crown Championship
26 1981-82 3 - 3 - 6 United States George Snider United States Bobby Unser* 51 1 [51][52]
United States Gordon Johncock*
27 1982-83 3 - 1 - 4 United States Tom Sneva United States Tom Sneva 39 - [53][54]
28 1983-84 1 - 1 - 2 United States Rick Mears United States Rick Mears 39 - [55][56]
29 1984-85 - - 1 - 1 United States Danny Sullivan 32 - [57]
30 1985-86 - - 1 - 1 United States Bobby Rahal 33 - [58]
31 1986-87 - - 1 - 1 United States Al Unser 33 - [59]
32 1987-88 - - 1 - 1 United States Rick Mears 33 - [60]
33 1988-89 - - 1 - 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 33 - [61]
34 1989-90 - - 1 - 1 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 33 - [62]
35 1990-91 - - 1 - 1 United States Rick Mears 33 - [63]
36 1991-92 - - 1 - 1 United States Al Unser, Jr. 33 1 [64]
37 1992-93 - - 1 - 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 33 - [65]
38 1993-94 - - 1 - 1 United States Al Unser, Jr. 33 - [66]
39 1994-95 - - 1 - 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 33 - [67]

* The 1981-82 season included both the 65th and 66th Indianapolis 500 races.
( ) Figures in parentheses denote the number of non-championship races in that season.

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