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Left: The Locomobile Type 1906, "Old 16", driven by George Robertson on its way to winning the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island.

Center: Action during the 1916 Vanderbilt Cup event at Santa Monica with William Bolden (#12) leading Omar Toft.

American National Champions
The AAA Years   The USAC/CART Years
1902  Harry Harkness   1956  Jimmy Bryan
1903  Barney Oldfield   1957  Jimmy Bryan
1904  George Heath   1958  Tony Bettenhausen, Sr.
1905  Victor Hemery   1959  Rodger Ward
1906  Joe Tracy   1960  A.J. Foyt
1907  Eddie Bald   1961  A.J. Foyt
1908  Louis Strang   1962  Rodger Ward
1909  George Robertson   1963  A. J. Foyt
1910  Ray Harroun   1964  A. J. Foyt
1911  Ralph Mulford   1965  Mario Andretti
1912  Ralph DePalma   1966  Mario Andretti
1913  Earl Cooper   1967  A.J. Foyt
1914  Ralph DePalma   1968  Bobby Unser
1915  Earl Cooper   1969  Mario Andretti
1916  Dario Resta   1970  Al Unser, Sr.
1917  Earl Cooper   1971  Joe Leonard
1918  Ralph Mulford   1972  Joe Leonard
1919  Howard Wilcox   1973  Roger McCluskey
1920  Tommy Milton   1974  Bobby Unser
1921  Tommy Milton   1975  A.J. Foyt
1922  Jimmy Murphy   1976  Gordon Johncock
1923  Eddie Hearne   1977  Tom Sneva
1924  Jimmy Murphy   1978  Tom Sneva
1925  Peter DePaolo   1979  Rick Mears (CART)
1926  Harry Hartz    A.J. Foyt (USAC)
1927  Peter Depaolo   1980  Johnny Rutherford
1928  Louis Meyer   1981  Rick Mears
1929  Louis Meyer   1982  Rick Mears
1930  Billy Arnold   1983  Al Unser, Sr.
1931  Louis Schneider   1984  Mario Andretti
1932  Bob Carey   1985  Al Unser, Sr.
1933  Louis Meyer   1986  Bobby Rahal
1934  Bill Cummings   1987  Bobby Rahal
1935  Kelly Petillo   1988  Danny Sullivan
1936  Mauri Rose   1989  Emerson Fittipaldi
1937  Wilbur Shaw   1990  Al Unser, Jr.
1938  Floyd Roberts   1991  Michael Andretti
1939  Wilbur Shaw   1992  Bobby Rahal
1940  Rex Mays   1993  Nigel Mansell
1941  Rex Mays   1994  Al Unser, Jr.
1942  No Racing - WWII   1995  Jacques Villeneuve
1943  No Racing - WWII   1996  Jimmy Vasser
1944  No Racing - WWII   1997  Alex Zanardi
1945  No Racing - WWII   1998  Alex Zanardi
1946  Ted Horn   1999  Juan Montoya
1947  Ted Horn   2000  Gil de Ferran
1948  Ted Horn   2001  Gil de Ferran
1949  Johnny Parsons   2002  Cristiano da Matta
1950  Henry Banks   2003  Paul Tracy
1951  Tony Bettenhausen, Sr.   2004  Sebastien Bourdais
1952  Chuck Stevenson   2005  Sebastien Bourdais
1953  Sam Hanks   2006  Sebastien Bourdais
1954  Jimmy Bryan   2007  Sebastien Bourdais
1955  Bob Sweikert      

For complete race results sorted by either year or track, go to the motorsport.com champ car statistics.

National Notes

1902-1908: National champions are selected by country's sports writers. 1905: First European champion, based on his Vanderbilt Cup victory. 1909: First year national championship is decided by points for selected races. Only three of 24 races are on an oval (all Indy). Twenty are on natural road courses, and one is a point-to-point race (LA to Phoenix). 1914: Championship consisted of 7 oval events and 5 road races. 1916: Only other European AAA national champion; won 9 out of 19 races in two years. 1917: First three-time national champion. First time no road courses on schedule. Shortest race to award points -- 5 miles in Providence. 1921: First back to back champion. 1938: Due to the Depression, only two races are held -- Indy and Syracuse. 1948: First three-time consecutive champion. 1965: Foyt wins most pole positions in one year -- 10. 1968: Record 28 races count towards the championship, topping the 1915 mark of 27. 1979: Foyt wins his record seventh national championship. Last year USAC names a national champion. 1985: Father beats son by a single point. 1989: First foreign champion since 1916. 1999: Closest finish ever -- Montoya ties Dario Franchitti on points; wins tie-breaker of most wins (7-3). 2006: Second three-time consecutive champion. 2006: First four-time consecutive champion.
 
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