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Rodger M. Ward (born January 10, 1921 in Beloit, Kansas – died July 5, 2004 in Anaheim, California) was a United States racing driver who won the Indianapolis 500 twice (in 1959 and 1962), once as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

Ward was one of the few Indianapolis drivers to also enter one of the road race Grands Prix when he brought his Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser to Sebring for the 1959 United States Grand Prix. He qualified last, 43.8 seconds behind polesitter Stirling Moss, and retired after 20 laps with a fading clutch.


Formula One Career[]

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1951 Deck Manufacturing Bromme-Offenhauser 0 NC
1952 Federal Engineering Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 NC
1953 M. A. Walker Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 NC
1954 Dr. Sabourin Pawl-Offenhauser 0 NC
1955 Aristo Blue Kuzma-Offenhauser 0 NC
1956 Filter Queen Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 NC
1957 Wolcott Fuel Injection Lesovsky-Offenhauser 0 NC
1958 Wolcott Lesovsky-Offenhauser 0 NC
1959 Leader Card 500
Leader Cards Inc
Watson-Offenhauser 8 10th Report
Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
1960 Leader Card 500 Watson-Offenhauser 6 12th
1961 No Formula One appearances
1962
1963 Reg Parnell Racing Lotus-BRM 0 NC

Career Statistics[]

Entries 12
Starts 12
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 1
Race Wins 1
Podiums 2
Fastest laps 0
Points 14
Laps Raced 1244
Distance Raced 5077 km (3155 mi)
Races Led 2
Laps Led 188
Distance Led 756 km (470 mi)

Race Wins[]

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1959 Indianapolis 500

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1951 Flag of Switzerland.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 0 NC
Ret
1952 Flag of Switzerland.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1953 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1954 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg link 0 NC
Ret
1955 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 0 NC
Ret C C C C
1956 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Abruzzo bandiera.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1958 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Morocco.svg 0 NC
Ret
1959 Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg US flag 49 stars.svg 8 10th
1st Ret
1960 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg US flag 49 stars.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg 6 12th
2nd
1961 Did not compete in any F1 races
1962
1963 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico 1934-1968.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg 0 NC
Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

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