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Table: Leading U.S. Driver in Indycar Racing Points

Season Series Champion Leading US Driver and Point Ranking Leading Non-US Driver and Point Ranking Non-US Drivers in Top 10
1979 CART Rick Mears Rick Mears Champion Vern Schuppan 14 0
1980 CART Johnny Rutherford Johnny Rutherford Champion Vern Schuppan 10 1
1981 CART Rick Mears Rick Mears Champion Josele Garza 21 0
1982 CART Rick Mears Rick Mears Champion Geoff Brabham 8 1
1983 CART Al Unser Al Unser Champion Teo Fabi 2 1
1984 CART Mario Andretti Mario Andretti Champion Geoff Brabham 8 1
1985 CART Al Unser Al Unser Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 6 2
1986 CART Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 7 2
1987 CART Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal Champion Roberto Guerrero 4 4
1988 CART Danny Sullivan Danny Sullivan Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 7 4
1989 CART Emerson Fittipaldi Rick Mears 2 Emerson Fittipaldi Champion 3
1990 CART Al Unser, Jr. Al Unser, Jr. Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 5 2
1991 CART Michael Andretti Michael Andretti Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 5 2
1992 CART Bobby Rahal Bobby Rahal Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 4 3
1993 CART Nigel Mansell Bobby Rahal 4 Nigel Mansell Champion 6
1994 CART Al Unser, Jr. Al Unser, Jr. Champion Emerson Fittipaldi 2 6
1995 CART Jacques Villeneuve Al Unser, Jr. 2 Jacques Villeneuve Champion 4
1996 IRL Scott Sharp:Buzz Calkins Scott Sharp:Buzz Calkins Champion Roberto Guerrero 4 2
1997 IRL Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Champion Marco Greco 3 5
1998 IRL Kenny Brack Davey Hamilton 2 Kenny Brack Champion 4
1999 IRL Greg Ray Greg Ray Champion Kenny Brack 2 2
2000 IRL Buddy Lazier Buddy Lazier Champion Scott Goodyear 2 2
2001 IRL Sam Hornish, Jr. Sam Hornish, Jr. Champion Eliseo Salazar 5 3
2002 IRL Sam Hornish, Jr. Sam Hornish, Jr. Champion Helio Castroneves 2 4
2003 IRL Scott Dixon Sam Hornish, Jr. 5 Scott Dixon Champion 7
2004 IRL Tony Kanaan Buddy Rice 3 Tony Kanaan Champion 7
2005 IRL Dan Wheldon Sam Hornish, Jr. 3 Dan Wheldon Champion 7
2006 IRL Sam Hornish, Jr. Sam Hornish, Jr. Champion Dan Wheldon 2 6
2007 IRL Dario Franchitti Sam Hornish, Jr. 5 Dario Franchitti Champion 6
2008 IRL Scott Dixon Danica Patrick 6 Scott Dixon Champion 7
2009 IRL Dario Franchitti Danica Patrick 5 Dario Franchitti Champion 7
1996 CART Jimmy Vasser Jimmy Vasser Champion Alex Zanardi 3 4
1997 CART Alex Zanardi Jimmy Vasser 3 Alex Zanardi Champion 7
1998 CART Alex Zanardi Jimmy Vasser 2 Alex Zanardi Champion 5
1999 CART Juan Pablo Montoya Michael Andretti 4 Juan Pablo Montoya Champion 8
2000 CART Gil De Ferran Jimmy Vasser 6 Gil De Ferran Champion 8
2001 CART Gil De Ferran Michael Andretti 3 Gil De Ferran Champion 9
2002 CART Cristiano DaMatta Jimmy Vasser 7 Cristiano DaMatta Champion 8
2003 CART Paul Tracy Jimmy Vasser 11 Paul Tracy Champion 10
2004 CART Sebastien Bourdais Jimmy Vasser 8 Sebastien Bourdais Champion 8
2005 CART Sebastien Bourdais A.J. Allmendinger 5 Sebastien Bourdais Champion 8
2006 CART Sebastien Bourdais A.J. Allmendinger 3 Sebastien Bourdais Champion 9
2007 CART Sebastien Bourdais Graham Rahal 5 Sebastien Bourdais Champion 9