The United States Grand Prix was revived on October 12, 1958 as a sports car race at Riverside International Raceway. The race formed part of the USAC Road Racing Championship and the American Chuck Daigh won in a Scarab, beating Dan Gurney's Ferrari into second place.
The starting grid included seven American drivers, but New Zealand's Bruce McLaren, in a Cooper, took his first win in F1 and was, at the time, the youngest driver ever to win a Grand Prix. McLaren took the lead on the last lap of the race when his team-mate, Jack Brabham, ran out of fuel. Brabham had to push his car over the line to finish fourth and clinch his and the team's first World Championships.
Despite providing an exciting climax to the season, the race wasn't successful from the hosts' standpoint, as the promoters barely broke even.
The race track was laid out on surface streets surrounding Texas State Fair Park. However the Fair Park circuit sustained damage during a support race and required repairs to be made to it the morning of the Formula One race. The F1 race, combined with the oppressive heat caused the track further damage.
The race was largely considered a disaster and Formula One did not return, leaving the United States Grand Prix East as the only F1 race in the United States.
It was not until 2000 that another United States Grand Prix took place, this time at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The infield road course uses approximately one mile of the storied oval, but in a clockwise direction. This is distinctly different from most United States motor racing, which is run counter-clockwise. However, it follows the general procedure of F1, in which the vast majority of races are run clockwise. The crowd at the 2000 race was estimated at over 225,000, perhaps the largest ever in F1. Michael Schumacher's win was his second of four straight to end the season as he overtook Mika Häkkinen for his third Championship. In 2001, the race went off less than three weeks after the events on September 11, 2001 in the US, and many teams and drivers featured special tributes to the U.S. on their cars and helmets. The 2002 edition was known for Schumacher and team-mate Rubens Barrichello trading places near the finish line. Held in September its first four years, the USGP at Indianapolis was moved to an early summer date in 2004. In 2005, problems with Michelin tires led to seven teams withdrawing from the race after the formation lap. Only the three teams (six cars) with Bridgestone tires started the 2005 United States Grand Prix, and the event was considered a farce. Many commentators questioned whether a United States Grand Prix would be held in Indianapolis again, but the 2006 United States Grand Prix was held the next year, on July 2, 2006, without controversy.
On July 12, 2007, Formula One and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the 2007 US Grand Prix would be the last one held at IMS for the foreseeable future, as both sides could not agree on the terms for the event. Reportedly the door has been left open to renegotiate the possibility of returning the USGP to Indianapolis, but Formula One has not included a USGP venue in its 2008 or 2009 schedules.
|1975||Niki Lauda||Ferrari||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1974||Carlos Reutemann||Brabham-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1973||Ronnie Peterson||Lotus-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1972||Jackie Stewart||Tyrrell-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1971||François Cevert||Tyrrell-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1970||Emerson Fittipaldi||Lotus-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1969||Jochen Rindt||Lotus-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1968||Jackie Stewart||Matra-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1967||Jim Clark||Lotus-Ford||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1966||Jim Clark||Lotus-BRM||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1965||Graham Hill||BRM||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1964||Graham Hill||BRM||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1963||Graham Hill||BRM||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1962||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1961||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax||Watkins Glen||Report|
|1916|| Howdy Wilcox |
|1915||Dario Resta||Peugeot||San Francisco||Report|
|1914||Eddie Pullen||Mercer||Santa Monica||Report|
|1911||David L. Bruce-Brown||Fiat||Savannah||Report|
|1910||David L. Bruce-Brown||Benz||Savannah||Report|
It is thought that the race will return to the calendar for on the track configuration that will be used for the 2008 race in the MotoGP championship. Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George claims that the USGP will not return to Indianapolis unless it makes financial sense. Due to the expensive fees paid to host a grand prix, the race would require a title sponsor to be economically viable. Just Marketing International has been hired for the purpose of finding a sponsor. As of now, the United States Grand Prix is not on the Formula One calendar for 2009. It can, however, still appear on the calendar as there is still an early March slot available. According to the Speed Channel's broadcast team, Eccelstone met with teams at Spa Francorchamps shortly before the running of the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix on September 7, 2008 to tell them that the United States Grand Prix will likely return in 2010, but no confirmation was made regarding whether Indianapolis will again serve as the race venue.