Troy Ruttman  United States

  • Full name Troy Ruttman
  • Birth date March 11, 1930
  • Birthplace Mooreland, Oklahoma, United States
  • Date of death May 19, 1997 (67 years 69 days)
  • Place of death Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
  • Teams Kurtis Kraft, Kuzma, Lesovsky, Maserati, Watson
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Lesovsky 1 1 0 0 1 15 0 0 24 0 0 0 -
1951 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 6 0 0 0 -
1952 Kuzma 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 7 0 0 8 7
1954 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 11 0 0 1.5 24
1956 Kurtis Kraft 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1957 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 1 3 0 0 0 -
1958 Maserati 2 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
1960 Watson 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 6 0 0 0 -
Total 9 8 1 1 4 1 0 1 3 0 0 9.5
Race Circuit Date
First race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1950 Race results
Last race Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis May 30, 1960 Race results
Profile

In 1952 22-year-old Troy Rutmann, driving a Kuzma-Offenhauser, entered the record books when he won the Indianapolis 500. He remained the youngest driver to win an FIA world championship race until Fernando Alonso in 2003, and remains the youngest winner of the Indy 500. He never repeated that success at Indianapolis - a fourth in 1954 his only other top-ten result - but did enjoy considerable success in sprint and stock car racing. His son, Troy Rutmann Jnr, was killed at the age of 18 in his first race when driving a converted Indianapolis roadster that his father had reportedly raced in his last start in the Indy 500 in 1964.
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