Art Cross

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Art Cross
Born (1918-01-24)January 24, 1918
Died April 15, 2005(2005-04-15) (aged 87)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United States American
Active years 19521955
Teams Kurtis Kraft
Races 4
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 8
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1952 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1955 Indianapolis 500

Art Cross (January 24, 1918, Jersey City, New Jersey - April 15, 2005, LaPorte, Indiana) was an American racecar driver. He was the first recipient of the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award in 1952.

Racing career[edit]

Cross began racing midget cars in 1938. He received a purple heart for his conduct during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.[1] He returned to midget cars after the war, and raced in one of Pappy Hough's "Little Iron Pigs."

Cross won the first Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award after a fifth place finish in the 1952 Indianapolis 500. Cross used his take to purchase a farm near LaPorte, Indiana.

He finished second in the 1953 Indianapolis 500 behind Bill Vukovich. Despite it being one of the hottest Indy 500s on record, Vukovich and Cross completed the entire race without relief. Driver Carl Scarborough died from the heat. Cross' car was the "Springfield Welding Special", which was owned by Bessie Lee Paoli, who was the only female owner at the time.[1]

Cross led in the 1954 and 1955 Indianapolis 500 before his retirement.

After retiring from racing, he turned his attention to running the farm in LaPorte, Indiana. He later became involved in a heavy equipment business and in construction. He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.[1]

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1952 33 20 134.288 26 5 200 0 Running
1953 16 12 137.310 8 2 200 0 Running
1954 45 27 138.675 14 11 200 8 Running
1955 99 24 138.750 23 17 168 24 Rod
Totals 768 32
Starts 4
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 2
Top 10 2
Retired 1

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1952 Bowes Seal Fast / Ray Brady Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
5
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
NED
ITA
20th= 2
1953 Springfield Welding / Paoli Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offenhauser L4 ARG
500
2
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
10th 6
1954 Bardahl / Ed Walsh Kurtis Kraft 4000 Offenhauser L4 ARG
500
11
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
ESP
NC 0
1955 Bardahl / Ed Walsh Kurtis Kraft 500C Offenhauser L4 ARG
MON
500
17
BEL
NED
GBR
ITA
NC 0

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1952
Succeeded by
Jimmy Daywalt