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Highlights from the 36th running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 30, 1952, file photo, competitors approach the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 36th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 1952, file photo, competitors approach the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 36th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 30, 1952, file photo, driver Troy Ruttman, center left, of Lynwood, Calif., and car owner J.C. Agajanian celebrate Ruttman winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock)

    FILE - In this May 30, 1952, file photo, driver Troy Ruttman, center left, of Lynwood, Calif., and car owner J.C. Agajanian celebrate Ruttman winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 36th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1952

WINNER: Troy Ruttman

AVERAGE SPEED: 128.922 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: At just 22 years and 80 days, Ruttman became the youngest winner in Indianapolis 500 history. He still holds the record. Bill Vukovich led a race-high 150 laps and seemed poised to win the race until a busted steering linkage with nine laps left cost him the checkered flag.

NOTABLE: The Indy 500 introduced what would become a popular staple of the race, the rookie of the year. The award goes to the top first-year driver who has qualified or started the race. Art Cross finished fifth and was the first winner.