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The 1952 Indianapolis 500 was held on Friday, May 30, 1952 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker. The event was part of the 1952 World Drivers' Championship.

Classification

Pos Grid No Driver Constructor Qual Rank Laps Led Time/Retired Points
1 7 98 Troy Ruttman Kuzma-Offenhauser 135.360 18 200 44 3:52:41.88 8
2 10 59 Jim Rathmann Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.340 7 200 0 +4:02.33 6
3 5 18 Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135.730 14 200 0 +6:11.61 4
4 6 1 Duane Carter Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135.520 16 200 0 +6:48.34 3
5 20 33 Art Cross Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.280 26 200 0 +8:40.15 2
6 21 77 Jimmy Bryan Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.140 27 200 0 +9:24.32
7 23 37 Jimmy Reece Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 133.990 29 200 0 +10:35.24
8 14 54 George Connor Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135.600 15 200 0 +12:00.61
9 9 22 Cliff Griffith Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.610 6 200 0 +12:23.76
10 31 5 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135.320 19 200 0 +13:37.78
11 3 4 Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.660 5 200 6 +14:21.72
12 26 29 Jim Rigsby Watson-Offenhauser 133.900 33 200 0 +16:05.10
13 16 14 Joe James Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.950 22 200 0 +16:55.65
14 15 7 Bill Schindler Stevens-Offenhauser 134.980 20 200 0 +18:48.66
15 13 65 George Fonder Sherman-Offenhauser 135.940 13 197 0 +3 Laps
16 24 81 Eddie Johnson Trevis-Offenhauser 133.970 30 193 0 +7 Laps
17 8 26 Bill Vukovich Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 138.210 2 191 150 Steering 1
18 11 16 Chuck Stevenson Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.140 9 187 0 +13 Laps
19 12 2 Henry Banks Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135.960 11 184 0 +16 Laps
20 28 8 Manny Ayulo Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135.980 10 184 0 +16 Laps
21 33 31 Johnny McDowell Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 133.930 32 182 0 +18 Laps
22 29 48 Spider Webb Bromme-Offenhauser 135.960 12 162 0 Oil leak
23 22 34 Rodger Ward Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.130 28 130 0 Oil Pressure
24 30 27 Tony Bettenhausen Deidt-Offenhauser 135.380 17 93 0 Oil Pressure
25 4 36 Duke Nalon Kurtis Kraft-Novi 136.180 8 84 0 Supercharger
26 32 73 Bob Sweikert Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.980 21 77 0 Differential
27 1 28 Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft-Cummins Diesel 138.010 3 71 0 Turbocharger
28 18 67 Gene Hartley Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.340 24 65 0 Exhaust
29 25 93 Bob Scott Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 133.950 31 49 0 Transmission
30 27 21 Chet Miller Kurtis Kraft-Novi 139.030 1 41 0 Supercharger
31 19 12 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 134.300 25 40 0 Wheel
32 17 55 Bobby Ball Stevens-Offenhauser 134.720 23 34 0 Gearbox
33 2 9 Andy Linden Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 137.000 4 20 0 Oil Pump


Failed to Qualify: Buzz Barton (#58), Joe Barzda (#53), Bill Cantrell (#52), Neal Carter (#25), Jimmy Daywalt (#64), Duke Dinsmore (#68), Walt Faulkner (#3), Carl Forberg (#53), Gene Force (#96), Dick Fraizer (#63), Potsy Goacher (#93), Perry Grimm (#55), Peter Hahn (#74), Allen Heath (#32), Tommy Hinnershitz (#27), Jackie Holmes (#41), Jimmy Jackson (#61), Danny Kladis (#19), Jud Larson (#39), Bayliss Levrett (#69), Frank Luptow (#56), Johnny Mauro (#35), Mike Nazaruk (#66), Danny Oakes (#39), Paul Russo (#10), Carl Scarborough (#33), Doc Shanebrook (#76), Bill Taylor (#47), George Tichenor (#88), Johnnie Tolan (#51), Leroy Warriner (#27)

Notes

  • Pole position: Fred Agabashian - 4:20.85 (4 laps)
  • Agabashian's Cummins Diesel Special was the first entry in the Indianapolis 500 to be powered by a turbocharged engine (then described as "turbosupercharged"). Gear-driven centrifugal blowers known as "superchargers" had been used since the 1920s to increase the volumetric efficiency and power output of racing engines, but the Cummins Diesel was the first to make use of the "free" energy contained in the engine exhaust stream to drive a turbine wheel connected to a centrifugal blower (thus, "turbo-supercharging").
  • Fastest Lead Lap: Bill Vukovich - 1:06.60
  • As of 2009, Troy Ruttman remains the youngest driver to win the Indianapolis 500, at 22 years and 80 days.
  • Ruttman also became the youngest driver to win a race counting for the Formula One championship. His record was broken by Fernando Alonso at the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.
  • Alberto Ascari marked the first instance of a driver competing seriously for the World Drivers' Championship (of which the 500 was a points-scoring race) to race in the 500. Although he finished 31st at Indy, he went on to win all of the remaining races and the title.


Drivers' Championship standings after the race

Pos Driver Points
1 Piero Taruffi 9
2 Troy Ruttman 8
3 Rudi Fischer 6
4 Jim Rathmann 6
5 Jean Behra 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.


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