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USAC Champ Car Series

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Series Overview
Alternatively Known As: USAC Championship Car Series (1956-1970, 1972-1979); USAC Marlboro Championship Trail (1971); Championship Racing League (1980); USAC Gold Crown Series (1981-1995)
Series Founded: 1956 Series Disbanded: 1995
Car Style: Open-Wheel (Champ Car) Region: United States
Quick Stats
Most Wins: A.J. Foyt (67) Most Titles: A.J. Foyt (7)
Number of Races: 383 Number of Drivers: 352
Project Status: COMPLETE
The Third Turn finished backfilling the complete history of this tour by November 2020.


This series evolved directly from the AAA Championship Car Series, following AAA's decision to cease its sanctioning of auto racing at the end of the 1955 season.

The 1980 season was scheduled as an entirely co-sanctioned unification with CART under the Championship Racing League banner; after five races the arrangement was dissolved, with USAC immediately awarding its championship and CART continuing with the full season as scheduled.

Following the 1980 season, the renamed Gold Crown Series ran on a "split-season" basis that was intended to always have the Indianapolis 500 as its conclusion (resulting in the 1981-1982 season including two Indy 500s); the seasons were officially regarded as being 1981-1982, 1982-1983, and so forth. Due to technical limitations The Third Turn, as is our policy for all motorsport sanctions that run seasons in this manner, lists these seasons under the year the season ended in.

Following the 1983-1984 season the Gold Crown Series consisted solely of the Indianapolis 500 for the remainder of its existence, rendering the title essentially a ceremonial additional award for the Indy 500 champion. The series was however officially scored and a championship officially awarded, so those seasons are included in our database. Note that while USAC continued to sanction the Indianapolis 500 in 1996 and 1997, those years were run solely as part of Indy Racing League seasons.

Note that in 2006 the USAC Silver Crown Series introduced a new style of car that is sometimes referred to as "Gold Crown", and following the 2007 season when the new car was abandoned a seperate ownership group attempted to start its own "Gold Crown Championship" using these cars, and then developing an entirely new car for a series intended to begin running in 2012. These have no connection to the 1956-1995 Indy-based series and it appears that the latter never progressed any further than demonstration laps at Toledo Speedway in October 2010.

Tony Adamowicz Bobby Adkins Freddie Agabashian Mark Alderson Bobby Allison Donnie Allison
Chuck Amati George Amick Chris Amon Don Anderson (CO) Johnny Anderson (CA) Jeff Andretti
John Andretti Mario Andretti Michael Andretti Scott Atchison Sonny Ates Dick Atkins
Eric Bachelart Tom Bagley Johnny Baldwin (CA) Frank Ballard Fabrizio Barbazza Skip Barber
Kevin Bartlett Buzz Barton (OK) Randy Bateman Luther Baughman Patrick Bedard Ross Bentley
Gene Bergin Gary Bettenhausen Merle Bettenhausen Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. Lucien Bianchi Tom Bigelow
Raul Boesel Tony Bonadies Neil Bonnett Charles Booth Chuck Booth Curly Boyd
Johnny Boyd (CA) Geoff Brabham Jack Brabham Don Branson Lee Brayton Scott Brayton
Malcolm Brazier Dale Breedlove Don Brown Norm Brown Ralph Bruning Ronnie Bucknum
Jim Buick Ron Burke Ronnie Burke Karl Busson Steve Butler James Byrd
Buddy Cagle Leo Caldwell Phil Caliva Earle Canavan John Cannon (UK) Larry Cannon
Bill Cantrell Billy Cantrell Bob Carpenter Duane Carter Pancho Carter Jimmy Caruthers
Billy Cassella Michael Chandler Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever, Jr. Bill Chennault Bob Christie
Jimmy Clark (UK) Bob Cleberg Beau Clerke Leon Clum Kevin Cogan Danny Collins (CO)
Peter Collins Jerry Colton Gary Congdon Russ Congdon George Constantine Duke Cook
Bob Cortner Johnny Coy Dale Coyne Jim Crawford Ray Crawford Ed Crombie
Guido Dacco Chuck Daigh Wally Dallenbach Bob Daly Derek Daly Jerry Daniels
Bay Darnell Jimmy Davies (CA) Don Davis (Tucson, AZ) Hank Davis (CO) Ross Davis Jimmy Daywalt
Bob DeJong Larry Dickson (OH) Tom Dillon Duke Dinsmore Dino Dioguardi Nick Dioguardi
Steve Diulo Dominic Dobson Darrell Dockery Mark Donohue Lee Drollinger Ray Duckworth
Ronnie Duman (MI) Earl Dykes Butch Earley George Eaton (ON) Don Edmunds Jack Eiteljorg
Chuck Engle Jack Ensley Don Evans Teo Fabi Cy Fairchild Juan Manuel Fangio
Del Fanning Nino Farina Cotton Farmer (TX) George Fejer Dick Ferguson Adrian Fernandez
Gil de Ferran Chet Fillip Ed Finley Dennis Firestone Woody Fisher Christian Fittipaldi
Emerson Fittipaldi Pat Flaherty George Follmer Ted Foltz Elliott Forbes-Robinson Gene Force
Billy Foster Stan Fox A.J. Foyt Franck Freon Dick Fries Danny Frye, Jr.
Philippe Gache Chip Ganassi Billy Garrett Josele Garza Elmer George Bruno Giacomelli
Joe Giba Richie Ginther Charlie Glotzbach Paul Goldsmith Scott Goodyear Robby Gordon
Ken Gottschalk Ron Grable Roy Graham Jerry Grant Marco Greco Michael Greenfield
Bob Gregg Mike Gregg Stephan Gregoire Buzz Gregory Masten Gregory Mike Groff
Olivier Grouillard Tom Grunnah Carlos Guerrero Roberto Guerrero Mauricio Gugelmin Dick Guldstrand
Dan Gurney Janet Guthrie Jack Guynn Jack Hahn Dean Hall Norm Hall
Pete Halsmer Sam Hanks Walt Hansgen Milt Harper Scott Harrington (KY) Billie Harvey
Hurley Haywood Skip Hedrick Dick Heikes Ludwig Heimrath Ludwig Heimrath, Jr. Sonny Helms
Jim Hemmings Bill Henderson Al Herman Bryan Herta Doug Heveron Jack Hewitt
Jim Hickman Gary Hieber Bruce Hill Herb Hill Arlene Hiss Mike Hiss
David Hobbs Greg Hodges Bob Hogle Al Holbert John Hollansworth Howdy Holmes
Bill Homeier Rickey Hood Bill Horstmeyer Don Horvath Paul Howe Ed Hoyle
John Hubbard Richard Hubbard (TX) Cliff Hucul Skip Hudson Ron Hughes, Jr. Denny Hulme
Bob Hurt Jim Hurtubise Bill Hyde Bruce Jacobi Stefan Johansson Gordon Johncock
Bobby Johns Eddie Johnson (Richmond, VA) Herm Johnson Junior Johnson Danny Jones (CA) Davy Jones
Dee Jones Parnelli Jones Bernard Jourdain Jerry Karl Keith Kauffman Rupert Keegan
Al Keller Bob King (IN) Randy Kinser Sheldon Kinser Steve Kinser Tom Klausler
Paul Kleinschmidt Arnie Knepper Ernie Koch Ed Kostenuk Bill Krause (CA) Steve Krisiloff
Phil Krueger Lee Kunzman Bob Lacy Jan Lammers Randy Lanier Jud Larson
Bob Lazier Buddy Lazier Eddie Leavitt Greg Leffler Joe Leonard Randy Lewis
Ralph Liguori Dick Linder Ray Lipper Russ Long Steve Long Al Loquasto
Charlie Lowderman Brett Lunger Ron Lux Dave MacDonald Harry MacDonald Jeff MacPherson
Mike Magill John Mahler Jim Malloy Art Malone Grier Manning Nigel Mansell
Jovy Marcelo Ed Marshall Bobby Marshman John Martin Larry Martin (IN) Bobby Marvin (OH)
Charles Masters Bob Mathouser Hideshi Matsuda Hiro Matsushita Joe McCarthy Roger McCluskey
Larry McCoy Jim McElreath Clyde McFarlin Mel McGaughy Mike McGreevy Jim McGuire
John McIntyre (WA) Bruce McLaren Bob McLean Bob McLees Sam McQuagg Graham McRae
Jim McWithey Chip Mead Rick Mears Roger Mears Rick Miaskiewicz Danny Milburn
Al Miller (PA) Ed Miller Jerry Miller (IN) Walt Miller Ron Milton Kenji Momota
Johnny Moorehouse Rocky Moran Roberto Moreno Bud Morley John Morton Mike Mosley
Lothar Motschenbacher Ralph Murdock Dan Murphy (WI) Charles Musselman Orville Nance Leroy Neumayer
Mike Nish Don Nordhorn Thurel Novotny Pat O'Connor Danny Ongais Jan Opperman
Larry Overholser Jack Owens Gene Pacheco Jim Packard Carlos Pairetti Tero Palmroth
Chuck Parsons Johnny Parsons Scooter Patrick Gary Patterson Billy Pauch Dave Paul
John Paul, Jr. Mike Peters (KS) Crockey Peterson Marvin Pifer (MI) Teddy Pilette Ed Pimm
Nelson Piquet Tom Pistone Jerry Poland Art Pollard Al Pombo Sam Posey
Tracy Potter (IN) Ted Prappas Bob Pratt (IN) Scott Pruett Bill Puterbaugh Bobby Rahal
Bud Randall Hugh Randall Benny Rapp Eldon Rasmussen Dick Rathmann Jim Rathmann
LaVerne Ravenstein Hector Rebaque Dick Reese Clay Regazzoni Peter Revson Willy T. Ribbs
Andre Ribeiro Larry Rice Tim Richmond (OH) Jochen Rindt Slim Roberts Manny Rockhold
Pedro Rodriguez Michael Roe (IE) Bertil Roos Vern Root Buzz Rose Ebb Rose
Jack Rounds Lloyd Ruby Mickey Rupp Johnny Rutherford Troy Ruttman Eddie Sachs (MI)
Eliseo Salazar Vinicio Salmi Harry Sauce Swede Savage Don Schissler Rusty Schmidt
Ken Schrader Bob Schroeder Vern Schuppan Bill Scott (San Bernardino, CA) Les Scott (IN) Skip Scott
Colby Scroggin Frank Secrist Lou Sell Sammy Sessions Scott Sharp (CT) Mickey Shaw
A.J. Shepherd Ron Shuman Dick Simon Bill Simpson Gordon Smiley Al Smith
Earl Smith (CA) Mark Smith (OR) Blaine Sneva Jan Sneva Jerry Sneva Tom Sneva
Cliff Spalding Wib Spalding Mike Spence Lyn St. James Nelson Stacy Bud Sterrett
Chuck Stevenson Jackie Stewart Bill Sullivan Danny Sullivan John Surtees Len Sutton
Sammy Swindell Bob Tattersall Marshall Teague Bill Tempero Joe Tetz Didier Theys
Don Thomas (CA) Johnny Thomson Phil Threshie Bud Tingelstad Jerry Titus Toby Tobias
Paul Tracy Curtis Turner Jack Turner Al Unser Bobby Unser Louis Unser
Al Unser, Jr. Wes Vandervoort Jimmy Vasser Bob Veith Rick Vermillion Dean Vetrock
Jacques Villeneuve (Montreal, QC) Rich Vogler Hamilton Vose Bill Vukovich, Jr. Lennie Waldo Roy Walker
Salt Walther Rodger Ward Bentley Warren Ray Wearne Frank Weiss Greg Weld
Jerry Weld Bob Wente Bob Werner Bob West Roger West Johnny White
Bill Whittington Dale Whittington Don Whittington R.D. Whittington Paul Wigton Don Wilcox
Eugene Willbanks Rip Williams Desire Wilson Doug Wolfgang Jeff Wood (KS) John Wood
John Wood (NJ) Cale Yarborough LeeRoy Yarbrough Clark Yowell
508 drivers have competed in the USAC Champ Car Series.