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The 36th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 30, 1952. The event was part of the 1952 AAA National Championship Trail, and was included in the 1952 World Drivers Championship.

Troy Ruttman won the race after Bill Vukovich, who had dominated the event and led 150 laps, went into the wall with steering failure with nine laps to go. Ruttman became the youngest winner of a Formula One race for 51 years; but in 1959 Bruce McLaren became the youngest winner of an official 'Grand Prix' at the time.

BackgroundEdit

Alberto Ascari entered and qualified for the 500, becoming the first and only driver from outside the United States to do so during it's time on the F1 calendar. This was the only event Ascari entered and didn't win during his successful 1952 campaign, in which he won the world championship.

Troy Ruttman, aged 22 years and 80 days, was the youngest Formula One race winner until the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso took the record.

PracticeEdit

QualifyingEdit

Fred Agabashian took the pole ahead of Andy Linden and Jack McGrath.

ResultsEdit

PosNo.DriverConstructorTimeGapAvg Speed
1 28 Fred Agabashian Template:Kurtis Kraft-Cummins Diesel 4:20.85 138.01
2 9 Andy Linden Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:22.77 +1.92 137.00
3 4 Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:23.42 +2.57 136.66
4 36 Duke Nalon Kurtis Kraft-Novi 4:24.34 +3.49 136.18
5 18 Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:25.22 +4.37 135.73
6 1 Duane Carter Lesovsky-Offenhauser 4:23.51 +2.66 135.52
7 98 Troy Ruttman Kuzma-Offenhauser 4:24.04 +3.19 135.36
8 26 Bill Vukovich Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:20.47 -0.38 138.21
9 22 Cliff Griffith Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 4:23.51 +2.66 136.61

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
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1 ______________
Fred Agabashian 2 ______________
Andy Linden 3
Jack McGrath
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4 ______________
Duke Nalon 5 ______________
Sam Hanks 6
Duane Carter
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7 ______________
Troy Ruttman 8 ______________
Bill Vukovich 9
Cliff Griffith
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10 ______________
Jim Rathmann 11 ______________
Chuck Stevenson 12
Henry Banks
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13 ______________
George Fonder 14 ______________
George Connor 15
Bill Schindler
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16 ______________
Joe James 17 ______________
Bobby Ball 18
Gene Hartley
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19 ______________
Alberto Ascari 20 ______________
Art Cross 21
Jimmy Bryan
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22 ______________
Rodger Ward 23 ______________
Jimmy Reece 24
Eddie Johnson
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25 ______________
Bob Scott 26 ______________
Jim Rigsby 27
Chet Miller
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28 ______________
Manny Ayulo 29 ______________
Spider Webb 30
Tony Bettenhausen
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31 ______________
Johnnie Parsons 32 ______________
Bob Sweikert 33
Johnny McDowell

ClassificationEdit

  • Drivers American United States unless stated.
Pos Grid No Driver Constructor Qual Rank Laps Led Time/Retired Pts
1 7 98 Troy Ruttman Kuzma-Offenhauser 135.36 18 200 44 3:52:41.88 8
2 10 59 Jim Rathmann Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.34 7 200 0 +4:02.33 6
3 5 18 Sam Hanks Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135.73 14 200 0 +6:11.61 4
4 6 1 Duane Carter Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135.52 16 200 0 +6:48.34 3
5 20 33 Art Cross (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.28 26 200 0 +8:40.15 2
6 21 77 Jimmy Bryan (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.14 27 200 0 +9:24.32
7 23 37 Jimmy Reece (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 133.99 29 200 0 +10:35.24
8 14 54 George Connor Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135.60 15 200 0 +12:00.61
9 9 22 Cliff Griffith Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.61 6 200 0 +12:23.76
10 31 5 Johnnie Parsons (W) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 135.32 19 200 0 +13:37.78
11 3 4 Jack McGrath Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.66 5 200 6 +14:21.72
12 26 29 Jim Rigsby (R) Watson-Offenhauser 133.90 33 200 0 +16:05.10
13 16 14 Joe James Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.95 22 200 0 +16:55.65
14 15 7 Bill Schindler Stevens-Offenhauser 134.98 20 200 0 +18:48.66
15 13 65 George Fonder Sherman-Offenhauser 135.94 13 197 0 +3 Laps
16 24 81 Eddie Johnson (R) Trevis-Offenhauser 133.97 30 193 0 +7 Laps
17 8 26 Bill Vukovich Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 138.21 2 191 150 Steering 1
18 11 16 Chuck Stevenson Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 136.14 9 187 0 +13 Laps
19 12 2 Henry Banks Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135.96 11 184 0 +16 Laps
20 28 8 Manny Ayulo Lesovsky-Offenhauser 135.98 10 184 0 +16 Laps
21 33 31 Johnny McDowell Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 133.93 32 182 0 +18 Laps
22 29 48 Spider Webb Bromme-Offenhauser 135.96 12 162 0 Oil leak
23 22 34 Rodger Ward Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.13 28 130 0 Oil Pressure
24 30 27 Tony Bettenhausen Deidt-Offenhauser 135.38 17 93 0 Oil Pressure
25 4 36 Duke Nalon Kurtis Kraft-Novi 136.18 8 84 0 Supercharger
26 32 73 Bob Sweikert (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.98 21 77 0 Differential
27 1 28 Fred Agabashian Kurtis Kraft-Cummins Diesel 138.01 3 71 0 Turbocharger
28 18 67 Gene Hartley Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 134.34 24 65 0 Exhaust
29 25 93 Bob Scott (R) Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 133.95 31 49 0 Transmission
30 27 21 Chet Miller Kurtis Kraft-Novi 139.03 1 41 0 Supercharger
31 19 12 Italy Alberto Ascari (R) Ferrari 134.30 25 40 0 Wheel
32 17 55 Bobby Ball Stevens-Offenhauser 134.72 23 34 0 Gearbox
33 2 9 Andy Linden Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 137.00 4 20 0 Oil Pump

Failed to qualifyEdit

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1Italy Piero Taruffi9
2United States Troy Ruttman8▲ 20
3Switzerland Rudi Fischer6▼ 1
4United States Jim Rathmann6▲ 18
5France Jean Behra4▼ 2
6United States Sam Hanks4▲ 16
7United Kingdom Ken Wharton3▼ 3
8United States Duane Carter3▲ 14
9United Kingdom Alan Brown2▼ 4
10United States Arthur Cross2▲ 12
11United States Bill Vukovich1▲ 11

NotesEdit

V T E United States Indianapolis 500
Circuit Indianapolis Motor Speedway
IMS oval
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