YOUNGEST WINNER OF 500 DIES Troy Ruttman, who at 22 years of age became the youngest driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500 in 1952, died Monday at the age of 67. Ruttman was admitted to Havasu Samaritan Regional Hospital in Lake Havasu City,...
YOUNGEST WINNER OF 500 DIES
Troy Ruttman, who at 22 years of age became the youngest driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500 in 1952, died Monday at the age of 67.
Ruttman was admitted to Havasu Samaritan Regional Hospital in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., four days prior to his death. Initial reports indicate that the cause of death may have been cancer, though the reason for admission to the hospital was for a lung ailment.
He had to lie to enter his first 500 in 1949 at the age of 19, two years younger than allowed, by using the birth certificate of his cousin Ralph Wayne Ruttman. Upon reaching the permitted age of 21 he came clean and gave his real age to enter the race.
Ruttman's younger brother, Joe, is a regular in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and occassionally competes in the Winston Cup series.
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