|Formula One career|
|Years||1950–1952, 1954, 1956–1958, 1960|
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.
Ruttman entered his family car in a roadster race at San Bernardino, California in 1945 at age 15, and won the race. He 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 careerEdit
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 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 (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 Raceway behind Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt.
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 his only podium finish. He accumulated a total of 9½ championship points.
- He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1993.
- Ruttman was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.
- He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
- Ruttman was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in its first class in 2002.
- Inducted into the Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame in May 1992.
Ruttman died of lung cancer in 1997 at Lake Havasu City, Arizona just a month before the long planned "Troy Ruttman Day" in his hometown of Mooreland, Oklahoma. Troy Ruttman is survived by daughters Toddy Marie and Roxanne. His only son Troy Ruttman, Jr., 19, was killed in a super-modified race in 1969. Ruttman had two grandchildren, Joshua Troy & Dina Marie 
Indy 500 resultsEdit
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
|1950||Bowes Racing Inc.||Lesovsky||Offenhauser Straight-4|| GBR|| MON|| 500|
| SUI|| BEL|| FRA|| ITA||NC||0|
|1951||Christopher J.C. Agajanian||Kurtis Kraft 2000||Offenhauser Straight-4|| SUI|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| ITA|| ESP||NC||0|
|1952||Christopher J.C. Agajanian||Kuzma||Offenhauser Straight-4|| SUI|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| NED|| ITA||7th||8|
|1954||Eugene A Casaroll||Kurtis Kraft 500A||Offenhauser Straight-4|| ARG|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| SUI|| ITA|| ESP||23rd=||1.5|
|1956||John Zink||Kurtis Kraft 500C||Offenhauser Straight-4|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| ITA||NC||0|
|1957||John Zink||Watson||Offenhauser Straight-4|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| FRA|| GBR|| GER|| PES|| ITA||NC||0|
|1958||Scuderia Centro Sud||Maserati 250F||Maserati Straight-6|| ARG|| MON|| NED|| 500|| BEL|| FRA|
| GBR|| GER|
| POR|| ITA|| MOR||NC||0|
|1960||John Zink||Watson||Offenhauser Straight-4|| ARG|| MON|| 500|
| NED|| BEL|| FRA|| GBR|| POR|| ITA|| USA||NC||0|
- † = Shared drive
- ↑ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02E2DA173BF932A15756C0A961958260 Troy Ruttman, 67, Youngest Winner of Indy 500 - New York Times
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Biography at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
- ↑ NASCAR statistics at racing-reference.info
- ↑ Biography at West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, 2002, Retrieved November 7, 2007
- ↑ Atlas F1 Bulletin Board - Speed's ultimate price: the Toll
- ↑ Troy Ruttman, 67, Youngest Winner of Indy 500 - New York Times