In 1916, the American Automobile Association (AAA) sanctioned the first ever national series for racing in the USA. It was one of the earliest motor racing championships on record, starting almost 100 years of championship racing in America. It's winner was a Brit: early motor racing legend DARIO RESTA. He won 4 of 10 races enterd (there were 15 championship races in total), despite the runner up JOHNNY AITKEN winning five out of nine entered. EDDIE RICKENBACKER entered all fifteen races, but only finished third.
The points system used was based on mileage of the race, ie the longer the race, the more points you earn. Points for the winner were always triple figures, and the winner of the Indy 500 gained 1000 points: a crazy system by today's stanadrd. Using 2003 F1 points system, we see how the eventual winner changes, and how close it was.
Note: AITKEN never raced again after this season and died in 1918 from the flu pandemic. He is credited of winning 15 races at the Inidanapolis Motor Speedway, the most of any driver in its 100 year history.
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