Troy Ruttman

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

Troy Ruttman
Born(1930-03-11)March 11, 1930
Mooreland, Oklahoma
DiedMay 19, 1997(1997-05-19) (aged 67)
Cause of deathLung cancer
Awardsinducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (1993)

inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2005)
inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (2003)
inducted in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame (2002)

won the 1952 Indianapolis 500
NASCAR Cup Series career
7 races run over 3 years
Best finish49th (1962)
First race1962 Atlanta 500 (Atlanta)
Last race1964 Motor Trend 500 (Riverside)
Wins Top tens Poles
5
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19501958, 1960
TeamsKurtis Kraft, Watson, Lesovsky, Kuzma, Maserati
Entries12 (8 starts)
Championships0
Wins1
Podiums1
Career points9.5
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1950 Indianapolis 500
First win1952 Indianapolis 500
Last win1952 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500
Statistics current as of December 29, 2006.

Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 in 1952, at the age of 22 years and 80 days. As of 2019, he is the youngest winner of the race.[1]

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[2] 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 careerEdit

Ruttman entered his family car in a roadster race in San Bernardino, California in 1945 at age 15, and won the race.[3] He won 19 of the 21 events staged there that season.[3] By 1947 he was the California Roadster Association (CRA) roadster champion.[3] 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.[3]

Sprint car careerEdit

In May 1949 Ruttman 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.[3] He competed in 51 midget races, winning 16 and placing in the top three 28 times.[3]

He was injured from a sprint car crash in August 1952, which sidelined Ruttman for one and a half racing seasons.[3] Ruttman returned in 1954 on a greatly reduced schedule.

Championship car careerEdit

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 500 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 careerEdit

Ruttman won the 1956 USAC Short Track Stock Car division title. Ruttman also competed in 7 races in the NASCAR Grand National Series from 1962–1964, finishing in the top ten 5 times. His best finish was third at the 1963 race at Riverside International Raceway behind Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt.[4]

World Championship career summaryEdit

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 podium finish, and he earned a total of 9.5 championship points.

Career awardsEdit

DeathEdit

Ruttman died of lung cancer May 19, 1997 at Lake Havasu City, Arizona just a month before the long planned "Troy Ruttman Day" in his hometown of Mooreland, Oklahoma. He is survived by Clara, his wife of the home. 5 children, Toddy Marie, Troy jr, Roxanne, Mary Joyce & Jennifer Lynn Ruttman. Troy Jr predeceased him in 1969.

Complete AAA/USAC Championship Car resultsEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
1949 ARL
8
INDY
12
MIL
18
TRE
SPR
MIL
DUQ
PIK NYS
DET
SPR
LAN
SAC
3
DMR
12
21st 250
1950 INDY
15
MIL
17
LAN
10
SPR
DNQ
MIL
13
PIK SYR
14
DET
11
SPR
SAC
12
PHX
17
BAY
15
DAR
18
41st 46
1951 INDY
23
MIL
LAN
DAR
SPR
6
MIL
DUQ
DUQ
PIK SYR
DET
DNC
SJS
15
PHX
BAY
39th 80
1952 INDY
1
MIL
DNQ
RAL
1
SPR
12
MIL
DET
DUQ
PIK SYR
DNC
SJS
PHX
2nd 1.410
1953 INDY
Wth
MIL
SPR DET SPR MIL DUQ PIK SYR ISF SAC PHX - 0
1954 INDY
4
MIL
7
LAN
DAR
15
SPR
MIL
DUQ
PIK SYR
ISF
SAC
PHX
LVG
15th 447
1955 INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN SPR MIL DUQ PIK SYR ISF SAC PHX
- 0
1956 INDY
31
MIL
20
LAN DAR
DNS
ATL SPR MIL DUQ SYR ISF SAC PHX - 0
1957 INDY
31
LAN MIL
10
DET ATL SPR MIL
25
DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX 36th 30
1958 TRE INDY
DNQ
MIL LAN ATL SPR MIL DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC
14
PHX
DNP
- 0
1960 TRE INDY
20
MIL
DNQ
LAN
SPR MIL DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX - 0
1961 TRE
3
INDY
20
MIL
16
LAN MIL SPR DUQ SYR ISF TRE SAC PHX 23rd 140
1962 TRE INDY
18
MIL
DNQ
LAN TRE SPR MIL
13
LAN SYR
3
ISF
DNQ
TRE
13
SAC
6
PHX
7
15th 280
1963 TRE
5
INDY
12
MIL
DNQ
LAN TRE
5
SPR MIL
14
DUQ ISF TRE
3
SAC PHX 11th 580
1964 PHX
TRE INDY
18
MIL
4
LAN TRE
8
SPR MIL
Wth
DUQ ISF TRE SAC PHX 26th 160

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(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
1953 Travelon Trailer Kurtis Kraft 500B Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG
500
DNQ
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
NC 0
1954 Eugene A Casaroll Kurtis Kraft 500A Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG
500
4
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
ESP
23rd= 1.5
1955 Novi Racing Kurtis Kraft Novi Straight-8s ARG
MON
500
DNQ
BEL
NED
GBR
ITA
NC 0
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 Christopher J.C. Agajanian Kuzma Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG
MON
NED
500
DNQ
BEL
NC 0
Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 FRA
10
GBR
GER
DNS
POR
ITA
MOR
1960 John Zink Watson Offenhauser Straight-4 ARG
MON
500
Ret
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
  • † = Shared drive

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "22-year-old Ruttman is youngest Indy 500 winner". April 2017.
  2. ^ "Troy Ruttman, 67, Youngest Winner of Indy 500". New York Times. 1997-05-21. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Biography Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
  4. ^ NASCAR statistics at racing-reference.info
  5. ^ Troy Ruttman at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
  6. ^ Biography at West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, 2002, Retrieved November 7, 2007
Awards
Preceded by
Lee Wallard
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1952
Succeeded by
Bill Vukovich
Records
Preceded by
José Froilán González
27 years, 228 days
(1950 Monaco GP)
Youngest driver to start
a Formula One race

20 years, 80 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Ricardo Rodríguez
19 years, 208 days
(1961 Italian GP)
Preceded by
José Froilán González
28 years, 282 days
(1951 British GP)
Youngest Grand Prix
race winner

22 years, 80 days
(1952 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Fernando Alonso
22 years, 26 days
(2003 Hungarian GP)
Preceded by
José Froilán González
28 years, 269 days
(1951 French GP)
Youngest driver to score a
podium position in Formula One

22 years, 80 days
(1952 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Bruce McLaren
21 years, 322 days
(1959 British GP)
Preceded by
Bobby Ball
25 years, 276 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest driver to score
points in Formula One

22 years, 80 days
(1952 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Bruce McLaren
21 years, 253 days
(1959 Monaco GP)