INDY WINNERS SNEVA, RUTTMAN AMONG MOTORSPORTS HALL INDUCTEES INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005 -- Indianapolis 500 winners Tom Sneva and Troy Ruttman were among nine racing greats inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The...
INDY WINNERS SNEVA, RUTTMAN AMONG MOTORSPORTS HALL INDUCTEES
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005 -- Indianapolis 500 winners Tom Sneva and Troy Ruttman were among nine racing greats inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is located in Novi, Mich. The induction ceremony took place Aug. 18 at the State Theatre in Detroit. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President and CEO Tony George presented the Hall of Fame award to Sneva.
Joining 1983 Indy winner Sneva and 1952 Indy winner Ruttman in the Class of 2005 were powerboat racer Danny Foster, sports car racer Hurley Haywood, car owners and builders John Holman and Ralph Moody, drag racer Tommy Ivo, NASCAR champion Benny Parsons and motorcycle racer Jay Springsteen.
Sneva, a native of Spokane, Wash., made 18 Indianapolis 500 starts between 1974-92. Besides the victory in 1983, he finished runner-up in 1977, 1978 and 1980, assembling an impressive record during one of the most competitive eras ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Nicknamed "The Gas Man," Sneva also won the Indianapolis 500 pole in 1977, 1978 and 1984. He also thrilled race fans worldwide by becoming the first driver to officially break the 200-mph barrier at the Speedway with a lap of 200.535 mph during qualifications May 14, 1977. He also was the first driver to exceed 210 mph at IMS, with a lap of 210.689 on May 12, 1984.
Sneva still is involved in IndyCar Series racing as a spotter and driver coach for Panther Racing driver Tomas Enge.
Ruttman achieved Indy 500 immortality in 1952 by becoming the youngest winner of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," at age 22.
A native of Mooreland, Okla., Ruttman made 12 Indianapolis 500 starts between 1949 and 1964. He passed away in 1997.
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