1959-2-Indianapolis

 

1959 Indianapolis International Motor Sweepstakes
30 May – Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 802.000km (4.023km x 200)

Pole position: Johnny Thomson, Lesovsky-Offenhauser,  145.908 mph

Results:
1  Rodger Ward                Watson-Offenhauser                 3:40:49.2 = 135.857 mph
                              Leader Card 500 Roadster Spl
2  Jim Rathmann               Watson-Offenhauser                 200 laps 
                              Simoniz/Lindsey Hopkins Spl
3  Johnny Thomson             Lesovsky-Offenhauser               200 laps
                              Racing Associates Spl
4  Tony Bettenhausen          Epperly-Offenhauser                200 laps
                              Hoover Moter Express/Wills Spl
5  Paul Goldsmith             Epperly-Offenhauser                200 laps
                              Norman Demler Spl
6  Johnny Boyd                Epperly-Offenhauser                200 laps
                              Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti Spl
7  Duane Carter               Kurtis-Offenhauser                 200 laps
                              Smokey Yunick Spl       
8  Eddie Johnson              Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser          200 laps
                              Bryant Heating/Donaldson Spl
9  Paul Russo                 Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser          200 laps
                              Bardahl/Fred Gerhardt Spl
10 A.J. Foyt Jr.              Kuzma-Offenhauser                  200 laps
                              Dean Van Lines Spl
11 Gene Hartley               Kuzma-Offenhauser                  200 laps
                              Drewry's/R.T. Marley Spl
12 Bob Veith                  Moore-Offenhauser                  200 laps
                              John Zink Heater Spl      
13 Al Herman                  Dunn-Offenhauser                   200 laps
                              Dunn Engineering Spl
14 Jimmy Daywalt              Kurtis-Offenhauser                 200 laps
                              Federal Engineering Spl
15 Chuck Arnold               Curtis-Offenhauser                 200 laps
                              Hall-Mar Spl
16 Jim McWithey               Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser          200 laps
                              Ray Brady Spl

Fastest Lap: Johnny Thomson, Lesovsky-Offenhauser, 1:01.89 (145.419 mph) on lap 64

Did Not Finish:
   Eddie Sachs                Kuzma-Offenhauser                  182 laps    Gear Tower  Bolt
                              Peter Schmidt Spl
   Al Keller                  Kuzma-Offenhauser                  163 laps    Piston     
                              Helse/H.H. Johnson Spl
   Pat Flaherty               Watson-Offenhauser                 162 laps    Crash Front Straight
                              John Zink Heater Spl
   Dick Rathmann              Watson-Offenhauser                 150 laps    Fire in Pit 
                              McNamara/Kalamazoo Sports Spl
   Bill Cheesbourg            Kuzma-Offenhauser                  147 laps    Magneto
                              Greenman-Casale Spl
   Don Freeland               Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser          136 laps    Valve Spring
                              Jim Robbins Spl
   Ray Crawford               Elder-Offenhauser                  115 laps    Crash in Turn 3
                              Meguiar's Mirror/Crawford Spl
   Don Branson                Phillips-Offenhauser               112 laps    Torsion Bar
                              Bob Estes Spl
   Bob Christie               Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser          109 laps    Rod Bolt 
                              Federal Engineering Spl
   Bobby Grim                 Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser           85 laps    Piston  
                              Sumar/Chapman Root Spl
   Jack Turner                Christensen-Offenhauser             47 laps    Fuel Tank
                              Travelon Trailer/Ernest Ruiz Spl
   Chuck Weyant               Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser           45 laps    Crash in Turn 3
                              Roy McKay Spl
   Jud Larson                 Kurtis-Offenhauser                  45 laps    Crash in Turn 3
                              Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti Spl
   Mike Magill                Sutton-Offenhauser                  45 laps    Crash in Turn 3
                              Dayton Steel Foundry/Walther Spl
   Red Amick                  Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser           45 laps    Crash in Turn 3
                              Wheller-Foutch Spl 
   Len Sutton                 Lesovsky-Offenhauser                34 laps    Crash in Turn 1
                              Wolcott Memorial Racing Spl
   Jimmy Bryan                Salih-Offenhauser                    1 lap     Clutch/Cam Gear
                              Belond AP Muffler/Salih Spl
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                                   Starting Grid

   Johnny Thomsom                 Eddie Sachs                      Jim Rathmann
   Lesovsky-Offenhauser #3        Kuzma-Offenhauser #44            Watson-Offenhauser #16
   145.908 mph                    145.425 mph                      144.433 mph

   Dick Rahtmann                  Bobby Grim                       Roger Ward      
   Watson-Offenhauser #4          Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser #48    Watson-Offenhauser #5 
   144.248 mph                    144.225 mph                      144.035 mph

   Bob Veith                      Eddie Johnson                    Gene Hartley    
   Moore-Offenhauser #74          Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser #19    Kuzma-Offenhauser #88
   144.023 mph                    144.000 mph                      144.575

   Don Branson                    Johnny Boyd                      Duane Carter
   Phillips-Offenhauser #9        Epperly-Offenhauser #33          Kurtis-Offenhauser #37
   143.312 mph                    142.812 mph                      142.795 mph

   Jimmy Daywalt                  Jack Turner                      Tony Bettenhausen
   Kurtis-Offenhauser #66         Christenson-Offenhauser #24      Epperly-Offenhauser #1
   144.683 mph                    143.478 mph                      142.721 mph

   Paul Goldsmith                 A.J. Foyt Jr.                    Pat Flaherty
   Epperly-Offenhauser #99        Kuzma-Offenhauser #10            Watson-Offenhauser #64
   142.670 mph                    142.648 mph                      142.399 mph

   Jud Larson                     Jimmy Bryan                      Chuck Arnold
   Kurtis-Offenhauser #7          Salih-Offenhauser #6             Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser #71
   142.298 mph                    142.118 mph                      142.118 mph

   Len Sutton                     Al Herman                        Bob Christie
   Lesovsky-Offenhauser #8        Dunn-Offenhauser #89             Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser #65
   142.107 mph                    141.939 mph                      143.244 mph

   Don Freeland                   Red Amick                        Paul Russo    
   Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser #15  Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser #87    Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser #45
   143.056 mph                    142.925 mph                      142.383 mph

   Al Keller                      Chuck Weyant                     Bill Cheesbourg
   Kuzma-Offenhauser #57          Kurtis KK500G-Offenhauser #47    Kuzma-Offenhauser #53
   142.057 mph                    141.950 mph                      141.788 mph

   Mike Magill                    Ray Crawford                     Jim McWithey    
   Sutton-Offenhauser #77         Elder-Offenhauser #49            Kurtis KK500C-Offenhauser #58
   141.482 mph                    141.348 mph                      141.215 mph