Don Freeland

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Don Freeland
Born(1925-03-25)March 25, 1925
Los Angeles, California
DiedNovember 2, 2007(2007-11-02) (aged 82)
San Diego, California
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19531960
TeamsPhillips, Kurtis Kraft, Watson
Entries8
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1953 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

Don Freeland (March 25, 1925 – November 2, 2007) was an American racecar driver who is best known for competing in the Indianapolis 500 eight times.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Freeland served in the Navy as a mechanic during World War II. After the war, he began racing. He raced in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series from 1952 to 1962, with 76 career starts. He finished in the top ten 41 times, with a best finish of second place occurring 3 times.

Freeland competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1953 to 1960. He appeared headed for a second-place finish in 1955 before a transmission failure ended his day 22 laps prior to the end of the race. He came back with a best Indy finish of third the next year. He also finished in the top ten in 1954 and 1958.

Freeland died in San Diego, California at age 82.

Complete AAA/USAC Championship Car results[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
1952 INDY
MIL
RAL
SPR
MIL
DET
DUQ PIK SYR
6
DNC
14
SJS
PHX
33rd 80
1953 INDY
27
MIL
16
SPR
3
DET
DNQ
SPR
7
MIL
5
DUQ
12
PIK SYR
3
ISF
4
SAC
17
PHX
6
7th 750
1954 INDY
7
MIL
9
LAN
9
DAR
18
SPR
3
MIL
9
DUQ
17
PIK SYR
2
ISF
DNQ
SAC
DNS
PHX
DNQ
LVG
DNQ
10th 760
1955 INDY
15
MIL
12
LAN
3
SPR
MIL
12
DUQ
18
PIK SYR
13
ISF
6
SAC
6
PHX
16
14th 315.2
1956 INDY
3
MIL
6
LAN
7
DAR
10
ATL SPR
2
MIL
24
DUQ
17
SYR
11
ISF
9
SAC
2
PHX
13
3rd 1.280
1957 INDY
17
LAN
13
MIL
DNQ
DET
8
ATL
6
SPR
8
MIL
15
DUQ
SYR
12
ISF
16
TRE
SAC
DNQ
PHX
14
24th 190
1958 TRE
INDY
7
MIL
DNQ
LAN
6
ATL
SPR
3
MIL
21
DUQ
9
SYR
18
ISF
16
TRE
14
SAC
DNQ
PHX
13th 560
1959 DAY
TRE
INDY
22
MIL
8
LAN
8
SPR
9
MIL
3
DUQ
15
SYR
17
ISF
7
TRE
SAC
PHX
11th 480
1960 TRE
21
INDY
22
MIL
DNQ
LAN
SPR
DNQ
MIL
4
DUQ
SYR
DNS
ISF
TRE SAC PHX 24th 240
1961 TRE
INDY
DNQ
MIL
9
LAN MIL
DNQ
SPR DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX 33rd 40
1962 TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL
LAN TRE
11
SPR MIL
LAN SYR
ISF
TRE
SAC
PHX
32nd 30
1963 TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL
LAN TRE SPR MIL DUQ ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0

Indy 500 results[edit]

World Championship career summary[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Don Freeland participated in 8 World Championship races. He started on the pole 0 times, won 0 races, set 0 fastest laps, and finished on the podium 1 times. He accumulated a total of 4 championship points.