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: 675
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 Gary Allbritain Bobby Allen (PA)
Bobby Allison Donnie Allison Bill Alsup Chuck Amati George Amick Red Amick
Chris Amon Don Anderson (CO) Johnny Anderson (CA) Jeff Andretti John Andretti Mario Andretti
Michael Andretti Keith Andrews Ed Angle Chuck Arnold (CT) Scott Atchison Sonny Ates
Dick Atkins Eric Bachelart Tom Bagley Johnny Baldwin (CA) Steve Ball Frank Ballard
Fabrizio Barbazza Skip Barber Kevin Bartlett Buzz Barton (OK) Joe Barzda Randy Bateman
Luther Baughman Rollie Beale Harry Beck Patrick Bedard George Benson Ross Bentley
Gene Bergin Gary Bettenhausen Merle Bettenhausen Tony Bettenhausen Tony Bettenhausen, Jr. Lucien Bianchi
Tom Bigelow Art Bisch Art Bisch, Jr. Jeff Bloom Raul Boesel Tony Bonadies
Brian Bonner 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 Bert Brooks Don Brown Norm Brown Ray Brown Ralph Bruning
Jimmy Bryan Ronnie Bucknum Robbie Buhl Jim Buick Ron Burke Ronnie Burke
Karl Busson Steve Butler James Byrd Buddy Cagle Will Cagle Leo Caldwell
Phil Caliva Barry Camp Earle Canavan John Cannon (UK) Larry Cannon Steve Cannon
Bill Cantrell Billy Cantrell Bob Carpenter Dana Carter Duane Carter Pancho Carter
Jimmy Caruthers Billy Cassella Michael Chandler Steve Chassey Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever, Jr.
Bill Chennault Bob Christie Bob Cicconi Chuck Ciprich Jimmy Clark (SCT) Bob Cleberg
Bud Clemons Beau Clerke Leon Clum Kevin Cogan Danny Collins (CO) Peter Collins
Jerry Colton Jack Conely Gary Congdon Russ Congdon George Constantine Johnny Coogan
Duke Cook Tommy Copp Mel Cornett Bob Cortner Johnny Coy Dale Coyne
Jim Crawford Ray Crawford Ed Crombie Allen Crowe 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 Mark Dismore Steve Diulo
Dominic Dobson Darrell Dockery Mark Donohue Lee Drollinger Ray Duckworth Max Dudley
Ronnie Duman (MI) Len Duncan Earl Dykes Billy Earl Butch Earley Leigh Earnshaw
Rex Easton George Eaton (ON) Don Edmunds Jack Eiteljorg Bill Eldridge Ed Elisian
Norm Ellefson Billy Engelhart Chuck Engle Jack Ensley Don Evans Teo Fabi
Cy Fairchild Juan Manuel Fangio Del Fanning Nino Farina Cotton Farmer (TX) Johnny Fedricks
George Fejer Elvin Felty 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 Tom Frantz Dick Frazier Don Freeland Franck Freon Bob Frey
Dick Fries Danny Frye, Jr. Andy Furci Philippe Gache Chip Ganassi Billy Garrett
Josele Garza Larry Gates Spike Gehlhausen Elmer George Bruno Giacomelli Joe Giba
Todd Gibson Richie Ginther Charlie Glotzbach Tom Gloy Paul Goldsmith Scott Goodyear
Robby Gordon Ken Gottschalk Ron Grable Roy Graham Jerry Grant Gary Gray
Marco Greco Michael Greenfield Bob Gregg Mike Gregg Stephan Gregoire Buzz Gregory
Masten Gregory Cliff Griffith Bobby Grim Mike Groff Olivier Grouillard Tom Grunnah
Carlos Guerrero Roberto Guerrero Mauricio Gugelmin Dick Guldstrand Chuck Gurney Dan Gurney
Janet Guthrie Jack Guynn Emmett Hahn Jack Hahn Dean Hall Norm Hall
Pete Halsmer Davey Hamilton Ken Hamilton Sam Hanks Jerry Hansen (MN) Walt Hansgen
Butch Hardman Bob Harkey Milt Harper Vern Harriman Scott Harrington (KY) Gene Hartley
Billie Harvey Hurley Haywood Skip Hedrick Dick Heikes Ludwig Heimrath Ludwig Heimrath, Jr.
Sonny Helms Jim Hemmings Bill Henderson Al Herman Bob Herring Bryan Herta
Doug Heveron Jack Hewitt Jim Hickman Gary Hieber Bruce Hill Graham Hill
Herb Hill Tommy Hinnershitz 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 Cliff Hucul
Skip Hudson Ron Hughes, Jr. Denny Hulme Chuck Hulse Bob Hurt Jim Hurtubise
Bill Hyde Gary Irvin Bruce Jacobi Stefan Johansson Gordon Johncock Bobby Johns
Eddie Johnson (Richmond, VA) Herm Johnson Junior Johnson Mike Johnson (IN) Van Johnson Alan Jones
Bubby Jones Chuck Jones Danny Jones (CA) Davy Jones Dee Jones John Jones (ON)
Parnelli Jones Bernard Jourdain Jerry Karl Keith Kauffman Terry Kawell Johnny Kay
Rupert Keegan Al Keller Walt Kennedy Mel Kenyon Bob King (IN) Kelly Kinser
Randy Kinser Sheldon Kinser Steve Kinser Danny Kladis Tom Klausler Paul Kleinschmidt
Chris Kneifel Arnie Knepper Arnold Knepper Ernie Koch Paul Koch Ed Kostenuk
Bill Krause (CA) Steve Krisiloff Phil Krueger Lee Kunzman Bob Lacy Jan Lammers
George Landry Randy Lanier Jud Larson Bob Lazier Buddy Lazier Eddie Leavitt
Harold Leep Greg Leffler Joe Leonard Randy Lewis Ralph Liguori Andy Linden
Dick Linder Ray Lipper Russ Long Steve Long Al Loquasto Charlie Lowderman
Brett Lunger Ron Lux Arie Luyendyk 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 Mack McClellan
Roger McCluskey Larry McCoy James McElreath Jim McElreath Clyde McFarlin Speed McFee
Mel McGaughy Mike McGreevy Jim McGuire John McIntyre (WA) Bruce McLaren Bob McLean
Bob McLees Sam McQuagg Graham McRae Jim McWithey Don Meacham Chip Mead
Rick Mears Roger Mears Rick Miaskiewicz Gil Michaels Danny Milburn Al Miller (PA)
Ed Miller Jerry Miller (IN) Walt Miller Ron Milton Hal Minyard Kenji Momota
Johnny Moorehouse Rocky Moran Roberto Moreno Dan Morgan Bud Morley George Morris
John Morton Mike Mosley Lothar Motschenbacher Earl Motter Jim Moughan, Jr. Ralph Murdock
Dan Murphy Charles Musselman Rick Muther Orville Nance Jerry Nemire Leroy Neumayer
Ken Nichols Mike Nish Don Nordhorn Thurel Novotny Evan Noyes, Jr. Pat O'Connor
Bobby Olivero Kevin Olson (IL) Danny Ongais Jan Opperman Howard Osborn Larry Overholser
Jack Owens Gene Pacheco Jim Packard Carlos Pairetti Tero Palmroth Junior Parkinson
Chuck Parsons Johnnie Parsons Johnny Parsons Scooter Patrick Gary Patterson Billy Pauch
Dave Paul John Paul, Jr. Henry Pens Jiggs Peters Mike Peters (KS) Crockey Peterson
Marvin Pifer Marvin Pifer (MI) Teddy Pilette Ed Pimm Nelson Piquet Tom Pistone
Paul Pitzer Jerry Poland Art Pollard Al Pombo Gary Ponzini Sam Posey
Tracy Potter (IN) Richard Powell Ted Prappas Bob Pratt (IN) Scott Pruett Bill Puterbaugh
Keith Rachwitz Roger Rager Bobby Rahal Bill Randall Bud Randall Hugh Randall
Benny Rapp Eldon Rasmussen Dick Rathmann Jim Rathmann LaVerne Ravenstein Hector Rebaque
Jimmy Reece Dick Reese Clay Regazzoni Hal Rettberg Peter Revson Jim Reynard
Willy T. Ribbs Andre Ribeiro Larry Rice Tim Richmond (OH) Red Riegel Jochen Rindt
Slim Roberts Manny Rockhold Chuck Rodee Pedro Rodriguez Michael Roe (IE) Tony Romit
Bertil Roos Vern Root Buzz Rose Ebb Rose Jack Rounds Lloyd Ruby
Mickey Rupp Eddie Russo Paul Russo Johnny Rutherford Troy Ruttman Eddie Sachs (MI)
Eliseo Salazar Joe Saldana Steve Saleen Rick Salem 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 Brian Seidel
Lou Sell Sammy Sessions Scott Sharp (CT) Mickey Shaw A.J. Shepherd Billy Shuman
Ron Shuman Steve Siegel Dick Simon Bill Simpson Jigger Sirois Gordon Smiley
Al Smith Earl Smith (CA) Mark Smith (OR) Randy Smith (IA) Sonny Smyser Smokey Snellbaker
Blaine Sneva Jan Sneva Jerry Sneva Tom Sneva George Snider Cliff Spalding
Wib Spalding Ned Spath Mike Spence Lyn St. James Nelson Stacy Gig Stephens
Bud Sterrett Chuck Stevenson Jackie Stewart Dave Strickland Bill Sullivan Danny Sullivan
John Surtees Len Sutton Bob Sweikert Sammy Swindell Bob Tattersall Marshall Teague
Bill Tempero Clark Templeman Shorty Templeman Joe Tetz Didier Theys Don Thomas (CA)
Johnny Thomson Phil Threshie Brian Till Bud Tingelstad Jerry Titus Toby Tobias
Johnnie Tolan Paul Tracy Sleepy Tripp Curtis Turner Jack Turner Bill Tyler
Terry Uehling Al Unser Bobby Unser Jerry Unser Louis Unser Al Unser, Jr.
Leroy Van Conett Wes Vandervoort Jimmy Vasser Bob Veith Rick Vermillion Dean Vetrock
Jacques Villeneuve (Montreal, QC) Jacques Villeneuve (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) Dennis Vitolo Rich Vogler Hamilton Vose Bill Vukovich, Jr.
Billy Vukovich, III Lennie Waldo Roy Walker Bruce Walkup Salt Walther Jeff Ward
Rodger Ward Bentley Warren Leroy Warriner Ray Wearne Jerry Weeks Wayne Weiler
Frank Weiss Greg Weld Jerry Weld Bob Wente Bob Werner Bob West
Roger West Chuck Weyant Johnny White Bill Whittington Dale Whittington Don Whittington
R.D. Whittington Paul Wigton Don Wilcox Eugene Willbanks Carl Williams Rip Williams
Bud Wilmot Dempsey Wilson Desire Wilson Mike Winblad Doug Wolfgang Jeff Wood (KS)
John Wood John Wood (NJ) Cale Yarborough LeeRoy Yarbrough Clark Yowell Alessandro Zampedri
Jack Ziegler Dennis Zimmerman (CT)
674 drivers have competed in the USAC Champ Car Series.