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Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led

Details
DateFriday 30 May 1952
Start time14:00
EventIndianapolis 500
CircuitIndianapolis
Event FormatRace of 200 laps
Race19 of 51
Championship race17
Circuit
Laps200
Circuit Perimeter4023 m
Race Distance4023 × 200 = 804.600 km
Grid Format3-3-3-3
Pole PositionLeft
First CornerLeft
Track DirectionAnti-clockwise
Weather
WeatherSunny, Mild, Dry
Participants
Entries33
Qualifiers33
Finishers21
Championship Debutants
Art Cross (Driver),
Bob Scott (Driver),
Bob Sweikert (Driver),
Eddie Johnson (Driver),
George Fonder (Driver),
Jim Rigsby (Driver),
Jimmy Bryan (Driver),
Jimmy Reece (Driver),
Ferrari 375 Special (Car Model),
Kurtis Kraft 4000 (Car Model),
Kurtis Kraft 500A (Car Model),
29 (Car Number),
33 (Car Number),
37 (Car Number),
   65 (Car Number),
Bessie Lee Paoli (Entrant),
Coast Grain Co (Entrant),
Earl F. Slick (Entrant),
Enzo Ferrari (Entrant),
Federal Auto Associates (Entrant),
Hart Fullerton (Entrant),
John Zink (Entrant),
Lewis W Welch (Entrant),
Mel B. Wiggers (Entrant),
Ray T. Brady (Entrant),
Roger Wolcott (Entrant),
Tom Sarafoff (Entrant),
Vincent Granatelli (Entrant)
MilestonesCar 26 - 1st Fastest Lap (Car Number)
Car 28 - 10th Race Entry (Car Number)
Car 98 - 1st Win (Car Number)
Bill Vukovich - 1st Fastest Lap (Driver)
Cummins Engine Co - 1st Pole Position (Entrant)
Cummins - 1st Pole Position (Engine Manufacturer)
Firestone - 75th Race Entry (Tyre Manufacturer)
Fred Agabashian - 1st Pole Position (Driver)
Howard Keck Co - 1st Fastest Lap (Entrant)
J.C. Agajanian - 1st Win (Entrant)
Kurtis Kraft - 50th Race Entry (Car Manufacturer)
Kuzma - 1st Win (Car Manufacturer)
Offenhauser - 75th Race Entry (Engine Manufacturer)
Troy Ruttman - 1st Win (Driver)
Records Broken 1. Highest Race Win RatioKuzma (50.00%),
2. Highest 12th Place Finish RatioJim Rigsby (100.00%),
3. Highest 14th Place Finish RatioStevens (33.33%),
4. Highest 15th Place Finish RatioSherman (50.00%),
5. Highest 15th Place Finish RatioGeorge Fonder (100.00%),
6. Highest 19th Place Finish RatioLesovsky (16.67%),
7. Highest 20th Place Finish RatioLesovsky (16.67%),
8. Most 25th Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (2),
9. Most 32nd Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (2),
10. Most 33rd Place QualificationsKurtis Kraft (2),
11. Most 33rd Place QualificationsJohnny McDowell (2)
Records Extended 1. Most 18th Place FinishesKurtis Kraft (2),
2. Most 21st Place FinishesKurtis Kraft (2),
3. Highest 13th Place Finish RatioKurtis Kraft (3.92%),
4. Highest 18th Place Finish RatioKurtis Kraft (3.92%),
5. Highest 21st Place Finish RatioKurtis Kraft (3.92%)

Championships
1 Piero Taruffi 9 
same
2 Troy Ruttman 8 
up
3 Jim Rathmann 6 
up
 Rudi Fischer 6 
down
5 Jean Behra 4 
down
 Sam Hanks 4 
up
7 Duane Carter 3 
up
 Ken Wharton 3 
down
9 Art Cross 2 
up
 Alan Brown 2 
down
11 Bill Vukovich 1 
up

Results
 WinnerPole PositionFastest Lap
Car NumberCar 98Car 28Car 26
EntrantJ.C. AgajanianCummins Engine CoHoward Keck Co
DriverTroy RuttmanFred AgabashianBill Vukovich
CarKuzmaKurtis KraftKurtis Kraft 500A
EngineOffenhauser 4.5 L4Cummins 3.0 L6COffenhauser 4.5 L4
Time3:52'41.884'20.851'06.60
Speed207.462 km/h222.086 km/h217.459 km/h


Overview - Entry List - Qualification - Starting Grid - Classification - Fastest Laps - Laps Led