1959 Indianapolis 500 in Formula 1 at the Indianapolis circuit. Full information

1959 Indianapolis 500 poster

1959 Indianapolis 500 poster

1959 Indianapolis 500

1959 Indianapolis 500 is 77th Formula 1 race. Passed at the Indianapolis circuit. Rodger Ward won this race. This was his 1st victory. Jim Rathmann and Johnny Thomson also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 200 laps (805 km).

Previous race: 1959 Monaco Grand Prix
Next race: 1959 Netherlands Grand Prix

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1959 Indianapolis 500

2nd victory for the Watson team
1st victory for the Rodger Ward
1st podium for the Rodger Ward
3rd podium for the Jim Rathmann
1st podium for the Johnny Thomson

Rodger Ward - Winner of the 1959 Indianapolis 500

Rodger Ward - Winner of the 1959 Indianapolis 500

1959 Indianapolis 500

1959 Indianapolis 500

Watson Indy Roadster - 1959 Indianapolis 500 winner

Watson Indy Roadster - 1959 Indianapolis 500 winner

1959 Indianapolis 500 results

Position Name Points Result Lap Team
1 Rodger Ward 8.00  3h 40m 49.200s  ( 218.621 km/h ) 200 Leader Card 500
2 Jim Rathmann 6.00  3h 41m 12.477s  ( +23.276s ) 200 Simoniz/Lindsey Hopkins
3 Johnny Thomson 5.00  3h 41m 39.840s  ( +50.640s ) 200 Racing Associates
4 Tony Bettenhausen 3.00  3h 42m 36.290s  ( +1m 47.090s ) 200 Hoover Motor Express
5 Paul Goldsmith 2.00  3h 42m 55.640s  ( +2m 06.439s ) 200 Norman Demler
6 Johnny Boyd 0  3h 44m 06.180s  ( +3m 16.979s ) 200 Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti
7 Duane Carter 0  3h 44m 59.120s  ( +4m 09.920s ) 200 Smokey Yunick
8 Eddie Johnson 0  3h 44m 59.730s  ( +4m 10.530s ) 200 Bryant Heating
9 Paul Russo 0  3h 45m 00.240s  ( +4m 11.040s ) 200 Bardahl/Fred Gerhardt
10 Aj Foyt 0  3h 45m 03.680s  ( +4m 14.479s ) 200 Dean Van Lines
11 Gene Hartley 0  3h 46m 31.680s  ( +5m 42.479s ) 200 Drewry's/R.T. Marley
12 Bob Veith 0  3h 46m 58.930s  ( +6m 09.729s ) 200 John Zink
13 Al Herman 0  3h 47m 29.600s  ( +6m 40.399s ) 200 Dunn Engineering
14 Jimmy Daywalt 0  3h 47m 30.740s  ( +6m 41.540s ) 200 Federal Engineering
15 Chuck Arnold 0  3h 49m 09.060s  ( +8m 19.859s ) 200 Hall-Mar
16 Jim Mcwithey 0  3h 52m 30.890s  ( +11m 41.689s ) 200 Ray Brady
17 Eddie Sachs 0  Spin 182 Peter Schmidt
18 Al Keller 0  Engine 163 Helse / H.H. Johnson
19 Pat Flaherty 0  Accident 162 John Zink
20 Dick Rathmann 0  Fire 150 McNamara/Kalamazoo Sports
21 Bill Cheesbourg 0  Magneto 147 Greenman-Casale
22 Don Freeland 0  Magneto 136 Jim Robbins
23 Ray Crawford 0  Accident 115 Meguiar's Mirror/Crawford
24 Don Branson 0  Suspension 112 Bob Estes
25 Bob Christie 0  Engine 109 Federal Engineering
26 Bobby Grim 0  Magneto 85 Sumar/Chapman Root
27 Jack Turner 0  Tank 47 Travelon Trailer / Ernest Ruiz
28 Chuck Weyant 0  Accident 45 Roy McKay
29 Jud Larson 0  Accident 45 Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti
30 Mike Magill 0  Accident 45 Dayton Steel Foundry
31 Red Amick 0  Accident 45 Wheeler-Foutch
32 Len Sutton 0  Accident 34 Wolcott Memorial Racing
33 Jimmy Bryan 0  Clutch 1 Belond AP/George Salih
nq Ralph Liguori 0     El Dorado Italia
nq Johnny Kay 0     Safety Auto Glass
nq Earl Motter 0     Dean Van Lines
nq Bill Cheesbourg 0     Hardwood Door
nq Dempsey Wilson 0     Novi Racing
nq Paul Russo 0     Novi Racing
nq Rex Easton 0     Massaglia Hotels
nq Ralph Liguori 0     Sumar/Chapman Root
nq Jimmy Davies 0     Sumar/Chapman Root
nq Bill Homeier 0     Go-Kart/C.O. Prather
nq Johnnie Tolan 0     H.A. Chapman
nq Bob Cortner 0  Fatal accident   Cornis Engineering
nq Jud Larson 0     Leader Cards Inc
nq Don Edmunds 0     Bill Forbes Racing
nq Gene Force 0     Sclavi & Amos
nq Jim Packard 0     Sclavi & Amos
nq Jerry Unser 0  Fatal accident   Helse / H.H. Johnson
nq Bill Homeier 0     Rusco Battery Cable
nq Shorty Templeman 0     Frank Arciero
nq Chuck Arnold 0     Speed International
nq Eddie Russo 0     Midwest Manufacturing
nq Bob Schroeder 0     Midwest Manufacturing
nq Gene Force 0     Midwest Manufacturing
nq Dempsey Wilson 0     Central Excavating/Pete Salemi
nq Chuck Rodee 0     Central Excavating/Pete Salemi
nq Johnny Moorhouse 0     Binter
nq Jack Ensley 0     McKay's Bulldog
nq Eddie Russo 0     McKay's Bulldog
nq Chuck Daigh 0     J.C. Agajanian
nq Eddie Russo 0     J.C. Agajanian

Qualifying Results for the 1959 Indianapolis 500 on the Indianapolis circuit

Position Name Result Team
0 Rodger Ward 0 Leader Card 500
0 Jimmy Bryan 0 Belond AP/George Salih
0 Jud Larson 0 Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti
0 Len Sutton 0 Wolcott Memorial Racing
0 Don Branson 0 Bob Estes
0 Aj Foyt 0 Dean Van Lines
0 Ralph Liguori 0 El Dorado Italia
0 Don Freeland 0 Jim Robbins
0 Jim Rathmann 0 Simoniz/Lindsey Hopkins
0 Johnny Kay 0 Safety Auto Glass
0 Eddie Johnson 0 Bryant Heating
0 Earl Motter 0 Dean Van Lines
0 Jack Turner 0 Travelon Trailer / Ernest Ruiz
0 Bill Cheesbourg 0 Hardwood Door
0 Johnny Boyd 0 Bowes Seal Fast/Bignotti
0 Dempsey Wilson 0 Novi Racing
0 Duane Carter 0 Smokey Yunick
0 Paul Russo 0 Novi Racing
0 Rex Easton 0 Massaglia Hotels
0 Ralph Liguori 0 Sumar/Chapman Root
0 Jimmy Davies 0 Sumar/Chapman Root
0 Bill Homeier 0 Go-Kart/C.O. Prather
0 Johnnie Tolan 0 H.A. Chapman
0 Eddie Sachs 0 Peter Schmidt
0 Paul Russo 0 Bardahl/Fred Gerhardt
0 Chuck Weyant 0 Roy McKay
0 Bobby Grim 0 Sumar/Chapman Root
0 Ray Crawford 0 Meguiar's Mirror/Crawford
0 Bob Cortner 0 Cornis Engineering
0 Jud Larson 0 Leader Cards Inc
0 Bill Cheesbourg 0 Greenman-Casale
0 Don Edmunds 0 Bill Forbes Racing
0 Gene Force 0 Sclavi & Amos
0 Jim Packard 0 Sclavi & Amos
0 Al Keller 0 Helse / H.H. Johnson
0 Jerry Unser 0 Helse / H.H. Johnson
0 Jim Mcwithey 0 Ray Brady
0 Bill Homeier 0 Rusco Battery Cable
0 Pat Flaherty 0 John Zink
0 Bob Christie 0 Federal Engineering
0 Jimmy Daywalt 0 Federal Engineering
0 Shorty Templeman 0 Frank Arciero
0 Chuck Arnold 0 Hall-Mar
0 Chuck Arnold 0 Speed International
0 Dick Rathmann 0 McNamara/Kalamazoo Sports
0 Bob Veith 0 John Zink
0 Mike Magill 0 Dayton Steel Foundry
0 Eddie Russo 0 Midwest Manufacturing
0 Bob Schroeder 0 Midwest Manufacturing
0 Gene Force 0 Midwest Manufacturing
0 Dempsey Wilson 0 Central Excavating/Pete Salemi
0 Chuck Rodee 0 Central Excavating/Pete Salemi
0 Red Amick 0 Wheeler-Foutch
0 Gene Hartley 0 Drewry's/R.T. Marley
0 Al Herman 0 Dunn Engineering
0 Johnny Moorhouse 0 Binter
0 Jack Ensley 0 McKay's Bulldog
0 Eddie Russo 0 McKay's Bulldog
0 Chuck Daigh 0 J.C. Agajanian
0 Eddie Russo 0 J.C. Agajanian
0 Paul Goldsmith 0 Norman Demler
0 Tony Bettenhausen 0 Hoover Motor Express
0 Johnny Thomson 0 Racing Associates

List of all cars for the 1959 Indianapolis 500 on the Indianapolis circuit

Christensen ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500C

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Epperly Indy Roadster

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Lesovsky ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500C

Maserati V8

Elder ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Dunn ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kuzma Indy Roadster

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500H

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Sutton ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Cornis ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Maserati 420M

Maserati V8

Moore ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500G

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Phillips ???

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500D

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Watson Indy Roadster

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500E

Offenhauser L4 4.5

Kurtis Kraft 500F

Novi L8 c 3.0