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1959 USAC Championship Car season

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USAC Trenton April 1959 Pre-Race Pit Lane & Race Footage

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1958 USAC Trenton 100 Champ Car Race ft. Jimmy Reece fatal accident

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"Indianapolis Sweepstakes"; USAC at Williams Grove, 1958

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Monza Race 1958

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1956 Indianapolis 500 - slideshow

The 1959 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 13 races, beginning in Daytona Beach, Florida on April 4 and concluding in Sacramento, California on October 25. There were also three non-championship events. The USAC National Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner was Rodger Ward. In this tragic season 7 fatal accidents occurred. During the pre-season, Marshall Teague was fatally injured in a crash at Daytona. He was 37 years old. In the first race of the season at Daytona, 34-year-old George Amick was killed in an accident on the last lap. In the second race of the season at Trenton, Dick Linder was killed; he was 36 years old. The third race of the season, the Indy 500, had two fatalities. On May 2, Jerry Unser was killed in a practice accident, and on May 19 death Bob Cortner was also killed in a practice accident. On July 19 at Mechanicsburg in the Indianapolis Sweepstakes non-championship race Van Johnson was killed in an accident; he was 32 years old. On August 30, 32-year-old Ed Elisian was killed at the Milwaukee Mile. The year 1959 could be considered one of the most tragic seasons in American open-wheel car history.
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