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Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led

Details
DateSaturday 30 May 1959
Start time14:00
EventIndianapolis 500
CircuitIndianapolis
Event FormatRace of 200 laps
Race5 of 14
Championship race77
Circuit
Laps200
Circuit Perimeter4023 m
Race Distance4023 × 200 = 804.600 km
Grid Format3-3-3-3
Pole PositionLeft
First CornerLeft
Track DirectionAnti-clockwise
Weather
WeatherCloudy, Mild, Dry
Participants
Entries33
Qualifiers33
Finishers16
Championship Debutants
Bobby Grim (Driver),
Chuck Arnold (Driver),
Don Branson (Driver),
Jim McWithey (Driver),
Red Amick (Driver),
Christensen (Car Manufacturer),
Elder (Car Manufacturer),
Sutton (Car Manufacturer),
Christensen (Car Model),
Elder (Car Model),
   Sutton (Car Model),
47 (Car Number),
Bignotti-Bowes Racing (Entrant),
John R. Wills (Entrant),
LeRoy E. Foutch Jr (Entrant),
Leader Cards Inc (Entrant),
R.T. Marley Sr (Entrant),
Wolcott Memorial Racing Team (Entrant),
Yunick Glover & Lathrop (Entrant)
MilestonesCar 3 - 1st Fastest Lap (Car Number)
Car 7 - 20th Race Entry (Car Number)
Chapman S Root - 10th Race Entry (Entrant)
Epperly - 10th Race Entry (Car Manufacturer)
Firestone - 10th Fastest Lap (Tyre Manufacturer)
Firestone - 10th Pole Position (Tyre Manufacturer)
Firestone - 10th Win (Tyre Manufacturer)
John Zink - 10th Race Entry (Entrant)
Johnny Thomson - 1st Fastest Lap (Driver)
Johnny Thomson - 1st Pole Position (Driver)
Leader Cards Inc - 1st Win (Entrant)
Lesovsky - 1st Fastest Lap (Car Manufacturer)
Lesovsky - 1st Pole Position (Car Manufacturer)
Offenhauser - 10th Win (Engine Manufacturer)
Peter Schmidt - 10th Race Entry (Entrant)
Racing Associates - 1st Fastest Lap (Entrant)
Racing Associates - 1st Pole Position (Entrant)
Rodger Ward - 1st Win (Driver)
Records Broken 1. Highest 5th Place Finish RatioEpperly (18.18%),
2. Highest 13th Place Finish RatioDunn (33.33%),
3. Highest 16th Place Finish RatioJim McWithey (100.00%),
4. Most 26th Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (6),
5. Most 29th Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (3),
6. Most 30th Place QualificationsKuzma (3)
Records Extended 1. Most 14th Place FinishesKurtis Kraft (4),
2. Most 15th Place FinishesKurtis Kraft (8),
3. Most 16th Place FinishesKurtis Kraft (6),
4. Most 24th Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (7),
5. Most 25th Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (7),
6. Most 27th Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (7),
7. Most 33rd Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (7)

Championships
1 Jack Brabham 9 
same
2 Rodger Ward 8 
up
3 Jim Rathmann 6 
up
 Tony Brooks 6 
down
5 Johnny Thomson 5 
up
6 Maurice Trintignant 4 
down
7 Phil Hill 3 
down
 Tony Bettenhausen 3 
up
9 Bruce McLaren 2 
down
 Paul Goldsmith 2 
up
1 Cooper / Climax 8 
same
2 Ferrari / Ferrari 6 
same

Results
 WinnerPole PositionFastest Lap
Car NumberCar 5Car 3Car 3
EntrantLeader Cards IncRacing AssociatesRacing Associates
DriverRodger WardJohnny ThomsonJohnny Thomson
CarWatsonLesovskyLesovsky
EngineOffenhauser 4.5 L4Offenhauser 4.5 L4Offenhauser 4.5 L4
Time3:40'49.204'06.731'01.89
Speed218.622 km/h234.796 km/h234.009 km/h


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led