Ward shocked the midget car racing world when he broke Offenhauser motor's long winning streak by using Vic Edelbrock's Ford 60 "shaker" motor at Gilmore Stadium on August 10 1950. The motor was one of the first to feature nitromethane. Ward and Edelbrock went to the Orange Show Stadium the following night and won again. Ward used his midget car in 1959 to beat the top expensive and exotic sports cars in a Formula Libre race at Lime Rock Park. Midget cars were normally considered competitive for oval tracks only before that time.
In 1959 he joined the Triple W team with owner Bob Wilke and mechanic A. J. Watson. Ward won his first Indianapolis 500. He won the AAA National Championship with victories at Milwaukee, DeQuoin and the Indy Fairgrounds. His 1959 season ended by competing in the only United States Grand Prix held at Sebring Raceway.
Ward battled Jim Rathmann for the lead in the 1960 Indianapolis 500. Ward took the lead on lap 183 (of 200). The lead switched back and forth between Ward and Rathmann until Rathmann pulled ahead on lap 197 and won the race.
He had his last start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1966 and he finished fifteenth. He had 26 victories in his 150 starts between 1950 and 1964, and he finished in the top ten in more than half of his starts. He retired in Tustin, California. He died on July 5, 2004.
|1951||L & B Bromme||Bromme||Offenhauser|| SUI|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| ITA|| ESP||-||0|
|1952||Federal Auto Associates||Kurtis Kraft 4000||Offenhauser|| SUI|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| NED|| ITA||-||0|
|1953||M. A. Walker||Kurtis Kraft||Offenhauser|| ARG|| 500|
| NED|| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| SUI|| ITA||-||0|
|1954||R. N. Sabourin||Pawl||Offenhauser|| ARG|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| SUI|| ITA|| ESP||-||0|
|1955||E. R. Casale||Kuzma||Offenhauser|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| BEL|| NED|| GBR|| ITA||-||0|
|1956||Ed Walsh||Kurtis Kraft 500C||Offenhauser|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| ITA||-||0|
|1957||Roger Wolcott||Lesovsky||Offenhauser|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| PES|| ITA||-||0|
|1958||Roger Wolcott||Lesovsky||Offenhauser|| ARG|| MON|| NED|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| POR|| ITA|| MOR||-||0|
|1959||Leader Cards Inc.||Watson||Offenhauser|| MON|| 500|
|Kurtis Kraft|| NED|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| POR|| ITA|| USA|
|1960||Leader Cards Inc.||Watson||Offenhauser|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| NED|| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| POR|| ITA|| USA||12th||6|
|1963||Reg Parnell Racing||Lotus 24||BRM V8|| MON|| BEL|| NED|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| ITA|| USA|
| MEX|| RSA||-||0|