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AAA Champ Car Series

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Series Overview
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Series Founded: 1905 Series Disbanded: 1955
Car Style: Open-Wheel (Champ Car) Region: National
Quick Stats
Most Wins: Ralph DePalma (25) Most Titles: Louis Meyer & Ted Horn (3)
Number of Races: 511 Number of Drivers: 582
Project Status: AGAIG
No championship was awarded from 1909-1915 and 1917-1919. The series went on hiatus from 1942-1945 due to World War II.


The 1946 season was the first season back after World War II, the AAA Contest Board, in fear of having low car counts, decided to count the 71 events of the 1946 AAA Big Car Series as part of the season. Thus making the event count 77 races for the season. The car counts did not suffer as expected during the course of the season, in December of 1946 the Contest Board decided to only count the initial 6 races scheduled. Official records only count these 6 races and therefore we will only count those races for the 1946 season. We will list the other 71 races at some point as part of the Big Car season in its own section.

NOTE: Initially the AAA policy for race results was the following: in the event cars are not running at the time the race is officially completed, the prize money will be paid to the cars and positions determined according to the relative position of that car at the time.
In other words, cars that were running on the track at the conclusion of the race were placed ahead of any cars that were not running. Thus, a driver could complete more laps, but due to being unable to finish the race, were then placed behind all other cars that were running. This policy was stopped in the late 1930's.

Following the closure of the AAA Contest Board after the 1955 season, the United States Auto Club was formed and took over the series. Thus starting the, statistically separate, USAC Champ Car Series.

Season Races Champion Margin Most Wins
1905 11 Barney Oldfield +13 Barney Oldfield (6)
1909 24 Louis Chevrolet (3)
1910 19 Ray Harroun (3)
1911 21 Five Drivers (2)
1912 18 Ralph DePalma (4)
1913 14 Earl Cooper (5)
1914 15 Ralph Mulford (4)
1915 27 Earl Cooper & Dario Resta (5)
1916 15 Dario Resta +660 Dario Resta (5)
1917 21 Louis Chevrolet & Earl Cooper (4)
1918 16 Ralph DePalma (6)
1919 21 Tommy Milton (5)
1920 5 Gaston Chevrolet +1000 Five Drivers (1)
1921 20 Tommy Milton +250 Jimmy Murphy (4)
1922 18 Jimmy Murphy +1510 Jimmy Murphy (7)
1923 8 Eddie Hearne +532 Eddie Hearne & Jimmy Murphy (2)
1924 9 Jimmy Murphy +355 Jimmy Murphy (3)
1925 11 Pete DePaolo +1515 Pete DePaolo (5)
1926 24 Harry Hartz +1124 Harry Hartz & Frank Lockhart (5)
1927 11 Pete DePaolo +400 Frank Lockhart (4)
1928 7 Louis Meyer +681 Ray Keech (3)
1929 5 Louis Meyer +330 Louis Meyer (2)
1930 8 Billy Arnold +374.5 Billy Arnold (3)
1931 7 Louis Schneider +172.5 Shorty Cantlon & Lou Moore (2)
1932 6 Bob Carey +105 Bob Carey (2)
1933 3 Louis Meyer +80 Bill Cummings (2)
1934 4 Bill Cummings +151.7 Four Drivers (1)
1935 6 Kelly Petillo +260 Kelly Petillo (3)
1936 4 Mauri Rose +40 Four Drivers (1)
1937 3 Wilbur Shaw +385 Three Drivers (1)
1938 2 Floyd Roberts +175 Floyd Roberts & Jimmy Snyder (1)
1939 3 Wilbur Shaw +175 Three Drivers (1)
1940 3 Rex Mays +225 Rex Mays (2)
1941 3 Rex Mays +550 Rex Mays (2)
1946 6 Ted Horn +100 Rex Mays (3)
1947 11 Ted Horn +310 Ted Horn (3)
1948 12 Ted Horn +721 Ted Horn & Myron Fohr (2)
1949 14 Johnnie Parsons +490 Johnnie Parsons (5)
1950 13 Henry Banks +73 Tony Bettenhausen (3)
1951 15 Tony Bettenhausen +699.4 Tony Bettenhausen (8)
1952 12 Chuck Stevenson +30 Three Drivers (2)
1953 12 Sam Hanks +409.5 Three Drivers (2)
1954 13 Jimmy Bryan +1340 Jimmy Bryan (5)
1955 11 Bob Sweikert +810 Jimmy Bryan (6)