Don Freeland

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Don Freeland
Born(1925-03-25)March 25, 1925
DiedNovember 2, 2007(2007-11-02) (aged 82)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19531960
TeamsPhillips, Kurtis Kraft, Watson
Races8
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1953 Indianapolis 500
Last race1960 Indianapolis 500
 
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Don Freeland
Born(1925-03-25)March 25, 1925
DiedNovember 2, 2007(2007-11-02) (aged 82)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19531960
TeamsPhillips, Kurtis Kraft, Watson
Races8
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points4
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1953 Indianapolis 500
Last race1960 Indianapolis 500

Don Freeland (March 25, 1925 – November 2, 2007) was an American racecar driver who is best known for competing in the Indianapolis 500 eight times.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Freeland served in the Navy as a mechanic during World War II. After the war, he began racing. He raced in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series from 1952 to 1962, with 76 career starts. He finished in the top ten 41 times, with a best finish of second place occurring 3 times.

Freeland competed in the Indy 500 each year from 1953 to 1960. He appeared headed for a second place finish in 1955 before a transmission failure ended his day 22 laps prior to the end of the race. He came back with a best Indy finish of third the next year. He also finished in the top ten in 1954 and 1958.

Freeland died in San Diego, California at age 82.

Indy 500 results[edit]

YearCarStartQualRankFinishLapsLedRetired
19533815136.8671227760Crash T4
195476138.3391772000Running
19551221139.86614151783Transmission
19561626141.6992232004Running
1957321139.64933171920Flagged
19582613143.0331772000Running
19591525143.05614221360Valve spring
19607311144.35214221290Magneto
Totals13117
Starts8
Poles0
Front Row0
Wins0
Top 51
Top 103
Retired4

World Championship career summary[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Don Freeland participated in 8 World Championship races. He started on the pole 0 times, won 0 races, set 0 fastest laps, and finished on the podium 1 times. He accumulated a total of 4 championship points.