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Rodger Ward, F1 driver

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American
10 January 1921 (103)
Bobby Rahal (10 January 1953)
Eddie Cheever (10 January 1958)

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statistics

1 (8.3%)
2 (16.7%)
0 (0%)
0 (0%)
1st (1959 Indianapolis 500)
3rd (1960 Indianapolis 500)
11
12
12
14 (1.2 points per race avg)
8 (66.7%)
1951 Indianapolis 500
1963 United States Grand Prix
1959 Indianapolis 500

about Rodger Ward

Rodger M. Ward (January 10, 1921 – July 5, 2004) was a WWII P-38 aviator in the United States Air Force, and an American race driver with 26 victories in top echelon open-wheel racing in North America, two Indianapolis 500 victories, and two USAC National Championships, who conceived the classic tri-oval design and layout of Pocono International Raceway, modeled after his three favorite signature turns, at Trenton, Indianapolis and Milwaukee.


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seasons

1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963,

finishing positions

grid positions

wins Rodger Ward

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1 1959 Indianapolis 500 round 2 Watson

pole positions Rodger Ward

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teams & teammates Rodger Ward

season teammate
1952 Jim Rathmann
Sam Hanks
Art Cross
Jimmy Bryan
Jimmy Reece
George Connor
Cliff Griffith
Johnnie Parsons
Jack McGrath
Joe James
Bill Vukovich
Chuck Stevenson
Johnny McDowell
Duke Nalon
Bob Sweikert
Fred Agabashian
Gene Hartley
Bob Scott
Chet Miller
Andy Linden
Kurtis Kraft compare 1952
1953 Bill Vukovich
Art Cross
Sam Hanks
Fred Agabashian
Jack McGrath
Jimmy Daywalt
Jim Rathmann
Jimmy Davies
Duke Nalon
Carl Scarborough
Bill Holland
Walt Faulkner
Marshall Teague
Travis Webb
Jerry Hoyt
Duane Carter
Paul Russo
Johnnie Parsons
Chuck Stevenson
Cal Niday
Bob Scott
Johnny Thomson
Andy Linden
Eddie Johnson
Duke Dinsmore
Johnny Mantz
Jackie Holmes
Kurtis Kraft compare 1953
1954 Eddie Johnson
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1955 Johnny Thomson
Duane Carter
Jimmy Bryan
Kuzma compare 1955
1956 Sam Hanks
Johnnie Parsons
Dick Rathmann
Bob Veith
Fred Agabashian
Bob Christie
Al Keller
Duke Dinsmore
Pat O'Connor
Jim Rathmann
Johnnie Tolan
Tony Bettenhausen
Ed Elisian
Jimmy Daywalt
Jack Turner
Keith Andrews
Andy Linden
Al Herman
Ray Crawford
Johnny Boyd
Troy Ruttman
Paul Russo
Eddie Russo
Kurtis Kraft compare 1956
1957 Gene Hartley
Lesovsky compare 1957
1958 Jack Turner
Lesovsky compare 1958
1959 Jim Rathmann
Pat Flaherty
Dick Rathmann
Duane Carter
Eddie Johnson
Paul Russo
Jimmy Daywalt
Chuck Arnold
Jim McWithey
Don Freeland
Bob Christie
Bobby Grim
Chuck Weyant
Jud Larson
Red Amick
Watson compare 1959
1960 Jim Rathmann
Lloyd Ruby
Chuck Stevenson
Troy Ruttman
Tony Bettenhausen
Len Sutton
Dick Rathmann
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1963 Innes Ireland
Jim Hall
Jo Siffert
John Campbell-Jones
Phil Hill
Masten Gregory
Günther Seiffert
Hap Sharp
Chris Amon
Paddy Driver
Lotus-BRM compare 1963

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