1964 Golden State 100 (lost footage of USAC Championship Car Season race; 1964)

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The 1964 Golden State 100 was the penultimate race of the 1964 USAC Championship Car Season. Occurring on 25th October at the California State Fairgrounds, the race would ultimately be won by A.J. Foyt in a Meskowski-Offenhauser, his tenth victory of the season.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1964 Golden State 100 was the 14th running of the event, with the annual race lasting 100 miles.[1] The only 1964 USAC Championship Car Season race to occur at California State Fairgrounds,[2] the race would be on the USAC schedule until 1970, when the original speedway itself closed soon after, the Fairgrounds themselves having been relocated two years prior.[3]

Prior to the race, qualifying commenced with Parnelli Jones winning the pole position with a speed of 95.163 mph.[1] Directly behind him was fellow Watson-Offenhauser driver Roger Ward, with Porter-Chevrolet driver Johnny Rutherford lining up third.[1] A.J. Foyt qualified fifth out of 18 competitors.[1] Having dominated the 1964 Season and having already secured his fourth USAC Championship,[4] Foyt was seeking his tenth victory of the year.[2]

The Race[edit | edit source]

With the starting order decided, the 1964 Golden State 100 commenced on 25th October.[1] Jones maintained his lead from the start, and was able to hold onto it until lap 31, where Foyt performed what was ultimately the only lead change of the race.[1] Jones was unable to perform a comeback, as he retired after 48 laps when his Watson suffered a timing gear failure.[1][4] This enabled Foyt to comfortably lead the remaining 70 laps of the race.[1] He therefore claimed his tenth victory of the season and $7,267 in prize money.[1][4][2] He finished nine seconds ahead of Kuzma-Offenhauser's Bobby Marshman, who narrowly edged out third place Don Branson in a Watson Offenhauser.[4][1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

According to IndyCar on TV, 30 minutes of highlights were televised by ABC on 21st November 1964 as part of its Wide World of Sports, alongside an interview with Yogi Berra and mile run by Peter Snell.[5] The broadcast has yet to resurface however, and no footage of the race is currently publicly available. Nevertheless, some photos of the event can be viewed online.

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