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Troy Ruttman (born March 11, 1930 in Mooreland, Oklahomamarker – May 19, 1997) was an American race car driver. He was the older brother of NASCAR driver Joe Ruttman.


Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500marker in 1952, and , he is the youngest winner of the race.

From 1950–1960, the Indianapolis 500 also counted toward the World Drivers' Championship (now synonymous with Formula One), although most of the racers did not compete in the other races in the Championship. Ruttman was the first Indianapolis 500 winner to participate in a Formula One event beyond Indy and his 1952 Indy 500 win earned him the distinction of being the youngest driver to win a round of the World Championship, an honor he held until Fernando Alonso won the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Racing career

Ruttman entered his family car in a roadster race at San Bernardino, Californiamarker in 1945 at age 15, and won the race. We won 19 of the 21 events staged there that season. By 1947 he was the California Roadster Association (CRA) roadster champion. He also won his first five midget car races that season. In 1948 he repeated as the CRA roadster champion, United Racing Association Blue Circuit (Offy) championship, and 23 midget car events.

Sprint car career

In May 1949 Troy left California for the AAA Sprint and Championship car circuits of the Midwest. We won three AAA Sprint Car championships over the next three and a half seasons. He competed in 51 midget races, winning 16 and placing in the top three 28 times.

He was injured from a sprint car crash in August 1952, which sidelined Ruttman for one and a half seasons. Ruttman returned in 1954 on a greatly reduced schedule.

Championship car career

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949-1952, 1954, 1956-1957 and 1960-1964 seasons with 58 starts, including the Indianapolis 500marker races in 1949-1952, 1954, 1956-1957, and 1960-1964. He finished in the top ten 26 times, with 5 victories and finished runner-up to Chuck Stevenson for the 1952 National Championship.

Stock car career

Ruttman won the 1956 USAC Short Track Stock Car division title. Ruttman also competed in 7 races in the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) series from 1962-1964, finishing in the top ten 5 times. His best finish was third at the 1963 race at Riverside International Racewaymarker behind Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt.

World Championship career summary

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960, and drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Troy Ruttman participated in nine World Championship races, seven times at Indy plus the 1958 French and German Grands Prix. His 1952 Indianapolis 500 win was his only win and his only podium finish. He accumlated a total of 9½ championship points.

Career awards



Death

Ruttman died of lung cancer in Lake Havasu City, Arizonamarker just a month before the long planned "Troy Ruttman Day" in his hometown of Mooreland, Oklahomamarker. Troy Ruttman is survived by daughter, Toddy Marie Ruttman, Roxanne Ruttman and a son, Troy Jr., whom was killed in a super modifed race car in 1969.

Indy 500 results

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1949 64 18 125.945 32 12 151 0 Flagged
1950 55 24 131.912 9 15 130 0 Flagged
1951 98 6 132.314 25 23 78 0 Bearing
1952 98 7 135.364 18 1 200 44 Running
1954 34 11 137.736 31 4 200 0 Running
1956 53 11 142.484 17 31 22 0 Spun FS
1957 52 3 142.772 7 31 13 4 Overheating
1960 28 6 145.366 8 20 134 11 Rear End Gear
1961 52 22 144.799 23 20 105 10 Clutch
1962 26 30 146.765 19 18 140 0 Piston
1963 17 33 148.374 24 12 200 0 Running
1964 14 18 151.292 24 18 99 0 Spun T3
Totals 1472 69
Starts 12
Poles 0
Front Row 1
Wins 1
Top 5 2
Top 10 2
Retired 7


Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1950 Bowes Racing Inc. Lesovsky Offenhauser Straight-4 GBR

MON

500
15
SUI

BEL

FRA

ITA

NC 0
1951 Christopher J.C. Agajanian Kurtis Kraft 2000 Offenhauser Straight-4 SUI

500
Ret
BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

ESP

NC 0
1952 Christopher J.C. Agajanian Kuzma Offenhauser Straight-4 SUI

500
1
BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

NED

ITA

7th 8
1954 Eugene A Casaroll Kurtis Kraft 500A Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG

500
4
BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

SUI

ITA

ESP

23rd= 1.5
1956 John Zink Kurtis Kraft 500C Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG

MON

500
Ret
BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

NC 0
1957 John Zink Watson Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG

MON

500
Ret
FRA

GBR

GER

PES

ITA

NC 0
1958 Scuderia Centro Sud Maseratimarker 250F Maseratimarker Straight-6 ARG

MON

NED

500

BEL

FRA
10
GBR

GER
DNS
POR

ITA

MOR

NC 0
1960 John Zink Watson Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG

MON

500

Ret
NED

BEL

FRA

GBR

POR

ITA

USA

NC 0


References

  1. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02E2DA173BF932A15756C0A961958260 Troy Ruttman, 67, Youngest Winner of Indy 500 - New York Times
  2. Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  3. NASCAR statistics at racing-reference.info
  4. Biography at West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, 2002, Retrieved November 7, 2007
  5. Atlas F1 Bulletin Board - Speed's ultimate price: the Toll
  6. Troy Ruttman, 67, Youngest Winner of Indy 500 - New York Times



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