List of American Championship Car Rookie of the Year Winners

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The following is a list compiling all the winners of the Rookie of the Year award in open wheel American Championship Car Racing from 1946 season to the present day. Before the creation of Championship Auto Racing Teams the prize is not officially awarded. So all of the AAA and USAC winners of the Rookie of the Year award is not officially recognized. The list of "Indy car" or "Champ car" rookies under the following auspices:

Sanctioning bodies[edit]

The AAA Contest Board began sanctioning races as early as 1904. In the early years of the sport, only two seasons (1905 and 1916) an official national championship was recognized and awarded. The 1946 season is a source of a statistical anomaly. The AAA Contest Board included a substantial number of "Big Car" races in the national championship for 1946, swelling the season to 77 events (6 Champ Car races and 71 Big Car races). Some later texts chose to dismiss the 71 Big Car races from record, but reliable records and historians contend that the season should be regarded as the full 77-race schedule.
Officially, Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award named after the late founder of the two-time champion TrueSports Racing Team, it was presented from 1979 Season to 2007 Season to the rookie who accumulates the most Champ Car Championship Series points among first year drivers.

Rookie of the Year winners[edit]

AAA and USAC Rookie of the Year winners[edit]

AAA National Motor Car Championship
Year Rookie of the Year winners Driver standings Wins Team
1946 United States Jimmy Jackson 4 Jimmy Jackson Racing
1947 United States Bill Holland 2 2 Fred Peters Racing
1948 United States Mack Hellings 8 Tommy Lee Racing
1949 United States Jimmy Davies 17 1 Pat Clancy Racing
1950 United States Walt Faulkner 2 1 J.C. Agajanian Racing
1951 United States Mike Nazaruk 5 Jim Robbins Racing,
Lou & Bruce Bromme Racing
1952 United States Jimmy Reece 9 John Zink Racing
1953 United States Ernie McCoy 16 H.A. Chapman Racing
1954 United States Larry Crockett 11 Federal Engineering
1955 United States George Amick 9 Lindsey Hopkins Racing
USAC National Championship
Year Rookie of the Year winners Driver standings Wins Team
1956 United States Jud Larson 22 1 John Zink Racing
1957 United States A. J. Foyt 26 John Wills Racing
1958 United States Joe Barzda 18 Joe Barzda Racing
1959 United States Jim Hurtubise 21 1 Racing Associates
1960 United States Parnelli Jones 18 D.A. Caruthers Racing
1961 United States Bobby Marshman 8 Walter Meskowski Racing
1962 United States Johnny Rutherford 25 Ollie Prather Racing
1963 United Kingdom Jim Clark 6 1 Team Lotus
1964 United States Mario Andretti 11 Dean Van Lines Racing
1965 United States Carl Williams 23
1966 United States Al Smith 16 Federal Automotive Associates
1967 United States Jim Malloy 27 Jim Robbins Racing
1968 United States Sonny Ates 24 Boyce Holt Racing,
Joe Barzda Racing,
Federal Automotive Associates
1969 United States Steve Krisiloff 24 Shelby-Dowd Racing
1970 United States Dick Simon 10 Racing International
1971 Canada George Eaton 24 Fejer Brothers Racing
1972 United States Mike Hiss 6 Page Racing Enterprises
1973 United States Tom Sneva 31
1974 United States Pancho Carter 11 Bob Fletcher Racing
1975 United States Spike Gehlhausen 24 Carl Gehlhausen Racing
1976 United States Rick Mears 16 Art Sugai Racing
1977 United States Danny Ongais 12 1 Interscope Racing
1978 United States Tom Bagley 11 Leader Card Racers
1979 United States Howdy Holmes 12 AMI Racing
1980 United States Gordon Smiley 18 Patrick Racing

CART Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year winners[edit]

The Rookie of the Year award in CART was named in the honor of Jim Trueman. [1]

Season Driver Driver standings Wins Team Chassis Engine Tyres
1979 United States Bill Alsup 15 WASP Racing Goodyear
1980 Australia Dennis Firestone 12 Rhoades Competition Penske Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1981 United States Bob Lazier 9 Bob Fletcher Racing Goodyear
1982 United States Bobby Rahal 2 2 Truesports March 82C Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1983 Italy Teo Fabi 2 4 Forsythe Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1984 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 11 Bignotti-Cotter Racing March 84C Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1985 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 18 Provimi Racing Lola T900 Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1986 Germany Dominic Dobson 30 Leader Cards Racing March 86C Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1987 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 12 Arciero Racing March 87C Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1988 Canada John Jones 11 Arciero Racing March 88C Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1989 Mexico Bernard Jourdain 20 Andale Racing Lola Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1990 United States Eddie Cheever 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Penske PC-18 Chevrolet A Goodyear
1991 United States Jeff Andretti 15 Bayside Disposal Racing Lola Cosworth DFX Goodyear
1992 Sweden Stefan Johansson 14 Bettenhausen Racing Penske PC-20 Chevrolet A Goodyear
1993 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Champion 5 Newman/Haas Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB Goodyear
1994 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 6 1 Forsythe Racing Reynard 94i Ford XB Goodyear
1995 Brazil Gil de Ferran 14 1 Jim Hall Racing Reynard 95i Mercedes-Benz IC108 Goodyear
1996 Italy Alex Zanardi 3 3 Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96i Honda HRH Firestone
1997 Canada Patrick Carpentier 17 Bettenhausen Racing Reynard 97i Mercedes-Benz IC108D Goodyear
1998 Brazil Tony Kanaan 9 Tasman Motorsports Reynard 98i Honda HRK Firestone
1999 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Champion 7 Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS Firestone
2000 Sweden Kenny Bräck 4 Team Rahal Reynard 2Ki Ford Cosworth XF Firestone
2001 New Zealand Scott Dixon 8 1 PacWest Racing Reynard 01i Toyota RV8F Firestone
2002 Mexico Mario Dominguez 18 1 Herdez Competition Lola B02/00 Ford Cosworth XF Bridgestone
2003 France Sébastien Bourdais 4 3 Newman/Haas Racing Lola B02/00 Ford Cosworth XFE Bridgestone
2004 United States A. J. Allmendinger 6 RuSPORT Lola B02/00 Ford Cosworth XFE Bridgestone
2005 Germany Timo Glock 8 Rocketsports Racing Lola B02/00 Ford Cosworth XFE Bridgestone
2006 Australia Will Power 6 Team Australia Lola B02/00 Ford Cosworth XFE Bridgestone
2007 Netherlands Robert Doornbos 3 2 Minardi Team USA Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE Bridgestone

IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year winners[edit]

As of 2018 IndyCar Series season The Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the top-finishing rookie in the IndyCar Series Drivers point standings. Winner also receives a $50,000 bonus. The Rookie of the Year Award is based on points for the IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship earned at each event.[2]

Season Driver Driver standings Wins Team Chassis Engine Tyres
1996–97 United States Jim Guthrie 12 1 Blueprint Racing Lola T93/00
Dallara IR7
Menard V6
Buick V6
Oldsmobile Aurora V8
Firestone
1998 United States Robby Unser 16 Cheever Racing G-Force GF01B
Dallara IR8
Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Goodyear
1999 United States Scott Harrington 14 Harrington Motorsports Dallara IR9 Infiniti VRH35ADE V8
Oldsmobile Aurora V8
Firestone
2000 Brazil Airton Daré 16 TeamXtreme G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Firestone
2001 Brazil Felipe Giaffone 6 Treadway Racing G-Force GF05B Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Firestone
2002 France Laurent Rédon 12 Conquest Racing Dallara IR-02 Infiniti VRH35ADE V8 Firestone
2003 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 11 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-03 Honda HI3R V8 Firestone
2004 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 14 Fernández Racing G-Force GF09B Honda HI4R V8 Firestone
2005 United States Danica Patrick 12 Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz GF09C Honda HI5R V8 Firestone
2006 United States Marco Andretti 7 1 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI6R V8 Firestone
2007 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 19 Rahal Letterman Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Firestone
2008 Japan Hideki Mutoh 10 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Firestone
2009 Brazil Raphael Matos 13 Luczo-Dragon Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Firestone
2010 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd 16 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Firestone
2011 Canada James Hinchcliffe 12 Newman/Haas Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Firestone
2012 France Simon Pagenaud 5 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda HI12TT V6t Firestone
2013 France Tristan Vautier 20 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda HI13TT V6t Firestone
2014 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 8 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t Firestone
2015 Colombia Gabby Chaves 15 Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda HI15TT V6t Firestone
2016 United States Alexander Rossi 11 1 Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda HI16TT V6t Firestone
2017 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones 14 Dale Coyne Racing Dallara DW12 Honda HI17TT V6t Firestone
2018 Canada Robert Wickens 11 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara IR-18 Honda HI18TT V6t Firestone
2019 Dallara IR-18 Firestone

Notes[edit]

  • Due to sanctioning body splits in the sport of American Open Wheel racing from 1979 to 2007, several years saw two separate Rookie of the Year Award winners for separately sanctioned championship circuits.
  • Although 2003 Season was Scott Dixon's first year in IndyCar and he won the championship and also Tony Kanaan who finished 4-th in Drivers Standings and Toranosuke Takagi who finished 10th in Drivers Standings, they are not considered a rookies because of earlier ChampCar experience.

IndyCar Rookie winners[edit]

# Season Date Sanction Track / Race No. Winning Driver Entrant / Team Chassis Engine Tire Grid Laps Led
1 1913 May 30 AAA Indianapolis 500 (O) 16 France Jules Goux Peugeot Auto Racing Peugeot L76 Peugeot I4 448 ci Firestone 7 138
2 1914 May 30 AAA Indianapolis 500 (O) 16 France René Thomas Louis Delâge Delage Type R Delage Palmer 15 102
3 1926 May 30 AAA Indianapolis 500 (O) 15 United States Frank Lockhart Peter Kreis 1926 Miller 91 Miller SC Firestone 20 95
4 1927 May 30 AAA Indianapolis 500 (O) 32 United States George Souders Bill White Duesenberg Duesenberg SC 90 ci Firestone 22 51
5 1947 June 8 AAA Milwaukee Mile (DO) 8 United States Bill Holland Fred Peters 1939 Wetteroth Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone Pole 71
6 June 22 AAA Langhorne Speedway (DO) 8 United States Bill Holland (2) Fred Peters 1939 Wetteroth Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone 7 31
7 1948 August 15 AAA Milwaukee Mile (DO) 98 United States Johnny Mantz J. C. Agajanian 1948 Kurtis 2000 Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone 3 1
8 October 10 AAA DuQuoin (DO) 7 United States Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft Racing 1948 Kurtis 1000 Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone 7 77
9 1949 November 6 AAA Del Mar Fairgrounds (DO) 57 United States Jimmy Davies Pat Clancy Ewing Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone Pole 100
10 1950 August 27 AAA Milwaukee Mile (DO) 98 United States Walt Faulkner J. C. Agajanian 1948 Kurtis 2000 Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone 8 108
11 1956 October 21 USAC Sacramento (DO) 8 United States Jud Larson John Zink Racing 1955 Watson D Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone Pole 88
12 1959 October 25 USAC Sacramento (DO) 3 United States Jim Hurtubise Racing Associates 1955 Kuzma D Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 11 57
13 1963 August 18 USAC Milwaukee Mile (O) 92 United Kingdom Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus 29 Ford Indy V8 255 ci Dunlop[3] Pole 200
14 1966 May 30 USAC Indianapolis 500 (O) 24 United Kingdom Graham Hill Mecom Racing Team Lola T90 Ford Indy V8 255 ci Firestone 15 10
15 1977 July 17 USAC Michigan (O) 25 United States Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli VPJ-6B Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 4 24
16 1982 July 4 CART Cleveland (A) 19 United States Bobby Rahal Truesports March 82C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 2 26
17 September 19 CART Road America (R) 32 Mexico Héctor Rebaque Forsythe Racing March 82C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 9 1
18 September 26 CART Michigan (O) 19 United States Bobby Rahal (2) Truesports March 82C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 5 29
19 1983 July 17 CART Michigan 500 (O) 12 United States John Paul Jr. VDS Racing Penske PC-10 Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 2 26
20 August 14 CART Pocono 500 (O) 33 Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 2 116
21 September 11 CART Mid-Ohio (R) 33 Italy Teo Fabi (2) Forsythe Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear 2 40
22 October 23 CART Laguna Seca Raceway (R) 33 Italy Teo Fabi (3) Forsythe Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear Pole 95
23 October 29 CART Phoenix (O) 33 Italy Teo Fabi (4) Forsythe Racing March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t Goodyear Pole 138
24 1993 March 21 CART Gold Coast Indy 300 (S) 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Newman/Haas Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t Goodyear Pole 32
25 June 6 CART Milwaukee Mile (O) 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (2) Newman/Haas Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t Goodyear 7 19
26 August 1 CART Michigan 500 (O) 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (3) Newman/Haas Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t Goodyear 2 222
27 August 8 CART New Hampshire (O) 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (4) Newman/Haas Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t Goodyear 2 222
28 September 19 CART Nazareth Speedway (O) 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell (5) Newman/Haas Racing Lola T93/00 Ford XB V8t Goodyear Pole 155
29 1994 September 11 CART Road America (R) 12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Forsythe/Green Racing Reynard 94i Ford XB V8t Goodyear 2 15
30 1995 August 20 CART New Hampshire (O) 31 Brazil André Ribeiro Tasman Motorsports Reynard 95i Honda HRH V8t Firestone Pole 96
31 September 10 CART Laguna Seca Raceway (R) 8 Brazil Gil de Ferran Jim Hall Racing Reynard 95i Mercedes-Benz IC108B V8t Goodyear 3 54
32 1996 January 27 IRL Walt Disney World (O) 12 United States Buzz Calkins Bradley Motorsports Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t Firestone 5 130
33 1996 June 23 CART Grand Prix of Portland (R) 4 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96i Honda HRH V8t Firestone Pole 95
34 August 11 CART Mid-Ohio (R) 4 Italy Alex Zanardi (2) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96i Honda HRH V8t Firestone Pole 79
35 September 8 CART Laguna Seca Raceway (R) 4 Italy Alex Zanardi (3) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 96i Honda HRH V8t Firestone Pole 41
36 1997 March 23 IRL Phoenix (O) 27 United States Jim Guthrie Blueprint Racing Dallara IR7 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Firestone 2 74
37 1999 April 18 CART Long Beach (S) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone 5 40
38 May 2 CART Nazareth Speedway (O) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya (2) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone Pole 210
39 May 15 CART Rio 200 (O) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya (3) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone 3 93
40 June 27 CART Cleveland (A) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya (4) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone Pole 76
41 August 15 CART Mid-Ohio (R) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya (5) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone 8 28
42 August 22 CART Chicago Speedway (O) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya (6) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone 10 132
43 September 5 CART Streets of Vancouver (S) 4 Colombia Juan Montoya (7) Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard 99i Honda HRS V8t Firestone Pole 73
44 2000 May 28 IRL Indianapolis 500 (O) 9 Colombia Juan Montoya (8) Chip Ganassi Racing G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Firestone 2 167
45 2001 May 6 CART Nazareth Speedway (O) 18 New Zealand Scott Dixon PacWest Racing Reynard 01i Toyota RV8F V8t Firestone 23 36
46 2001 May 27 IRL Indianapolis 500 (O) 68 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Firestone 11 52
47 2001 August 19 CART Road America (R) 4 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Chip Ganassi Racing Lola B01/00 Toyota RV8F V8t Firestone 10 11
48 2002 July 28 IRL Michigan (O) 9 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Cheever Racing Dallara IR-02 Infiniti VRH35ADE V8 Firestone Pole 122
49 2002 October 27 CART Surfers Paradise (S) 55 Mexico Mario Domínguez HVM Racing Lola B2/00 Ford XF V8t Bridgestone 16 4

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