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

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

National Notes

1905: In 1951, Victor Hémery was retroactively awarded a National Championship. This is not considered official. 1906-1915: No championship was awarded. Points standings were retroactively applied in 1927 (and sometimes also 1951), but are not considered official. 1917-1919: No championship was awarded due to World War I. Points standings were retroactively applied in 1927, but are not considered official. 1920: The original championship consisted of five races. This has been confirmed by many historians. In 1926 an 11-race championship was listed for 1920 giving Tommy Milton the title. This is not considered official. 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. 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). 2007: First four-time consecutive champion.
 
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