Driver Line-up for the 1952 Indianapolis 500

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Driver Line-up for the 1952 Indianapolis 500

Driver Line-up for the 1952 Indianapolis 500

Driver Line-up for the 1952 Indianapolis 500

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Donald Davidson

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson, based at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, developed a passionate interest in the Indianapolis 500 as a teenager in England. Arriving at IMS in 1964, he delighted the racing community with his ability to recite year-by-year accounts of participants’ careers. Returning permanently in 1965, he was invited by Sid Collins to join the worldwide IMS Radio Network and was hired by Henry Banks as USAC statistician, remaining at USAC for almost 32 years. He was named Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian in 1998. Along with numerous television and radio assignments, raconteur Davidson has played host to the popular call-in radio show “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” on 1070 AM in Indianapolis during the month of May continuously since 1971. His writing credits include countless historical articles and columns, a pair of “500” annuals in 1974 and ‘75 and co-authorship with Rick Shaffer of the acclaimed “Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500,” published in 2006.
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Debra Cross Hazlett
Debra Cross Hazlett

My dad Art Cross drove at Indy 52-55m . Looking for film video of any/all races. Has anyone identified. The drivers in the photo?

eric
eric

They all look like good buddies, a racing fraternity.... when the '52 Green Flag waved....anything but.... Bill Vuckovick sliced his way to the lead....and dominated until inside of 10L...he rear axel broke handing the race to the 500's youngest ever winner Troy Ruttman and one hit wonder....

Bill Allen
Bill Allen

I, too, love the old photos especially the color images. I've seen this photo many times but would like to have as many of the men in the photo identified as possible. Jim Rathman is the only driver I can identify.

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

uuuhh make that absolutely uneven and it was between 1950 and 1959......

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

The bricks were absolutelynt even. You could see the tires bouncing as the cars came down the frontstretch. Thats one reason why it took a man with the strength of a bull to do it. Females couldnt have done it then.The one thing about those iron men was they didnt think they were anything special at all...just ordinary guys who loved to drive race cars. Remmeber..39% of those guys driving between 1959 and 1959 died in a race car so you know they had to REALLY love what thet did so well.....It was good then...much better than today...but I suppose people will be saying the same thing about 2011 in 2051 ...

Mike Knapp
Mike Knapp

Great photo. What a gorgeous day! Makes me really look forward to May.

Bill Schiel
Bill Schiel

Very nostalgic. I love these older color photos. They let you imagine what it was like to be there. Look at the uneven bricks in the foreground