1918 AAA Championship Car season

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1918 AAA Championship Car season
AAA National Championship Trail
Season
Races 16
Start date May 16
End date September 2
Awards
National champion United States Ralph Mulford (unofficial)
Indianapolis 500 winner None
← 1917
1919 →

The 1918 AAA Championship Car season consisted of 16 races, beginning in Uniontown, Pennsylvania on May 16 and concluding there on September 2. There were also 3 non-championship races, the de facto National Champion as poled by the American automobile journal Motor Age was Ralph Mulford. The Indianapolis 500 was not held this year. Points were not awarded by the AAA Contest Board during the 1918 season. Champions of the day were decided by Chris G. Sinsabaugh, an editor at Motor Age, based on merit and on track performance, the points table was created retroactively in 1927 – all championship results should be considered unofficial.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Race Name
Distance (miles)
Track Location Type Notes Pole position Winning driver
May 16 Liberty Sweepstakes Heat 1 (27) Uniontown Speedway Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1.125 mile board oval Tommy Milton
Liberty Sweepstakes Heat 2 (27) Ralph Mulford
Liberty Sweepstakes Heat 3 (27) Eddie Hearne
Liberty Sweepstakes Heat 4 (27) Louis Chevrolet
Liberty Sweepstakes Main (27) Ralph Mulford
June 1 Harkness Handicap (100) Sheepshead Bay Speedway Sheepshead Bay, New York 2 mile board oval Non-championship event Ralph DePalma
June 22 Chicago 100 (100) Speedway Park Maywood, Illinois 2 mile board oval Non-championship event Louis Chevrolet
July 4 Liberty Handicap (100) Cincinnati Motor Speedway Sharonville, Ohio 2 mile board oval Non-championship event Ralph DePalma
July 4 Tacoma Race 1 (24) Pacific Coast Speedway Tacoma, Washington 2 mile board oval Cliff Durant
Tacoma Race 2 (50) Cliff Durant
Tacoma Race 3 (75) Eddie Hearne
July 18 Independence Auto Derby (112.5) Uniontown Speedway Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1.125 mile board oval Louis Chevrolet
July 28 Chicago Race 1 (10) Speedway Park Maywood, Illinois 2 mile board oval Ralph DePalma
Chicago Race 2 (20) Ralph DePalma
Chicago Race 3 (30) Ralph DePalma
August 17 International Sweepstakes Race 1 (20) Sheepshead Bay Speedway Sheepshead Bay, New York 2 mile board oval Ralph DePalma
International Sweepstakes Race 2 (30) Ralph DePalma
International Sweepstakes Race 3 (50) Ralph DePalma
September 2 Liberty Sweepstakes (112.5) Uniontown Speedway Uniontown, Pennsylvania 1.125 mile board oval Ralph Mulford

Leading National Championship standings[edit]

The points paying system for the 1909–1915 and 1917–1919 season were retroactively applied in 1927 and revised in 1951 using the points system from 1920.

 #  Driver Sponsor Points
1 Ralph Mulford Frontenac 515
2 Louis Chevrolet Frontenac 485
3 Eddie Hearne Duesenberg 350
4 Ralph DePalma Packard 320
5 Cliff Durant Chevrolet 230

References[edit]