January 24, 1918|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Died||April 15, 2005
|Formula One World Championship career|
|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.
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. He returned to midget cars after the war, and raced in one of Pappy Hough's "Little Iron Pigs."
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.
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.
Indianapolis 500 results
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1952||Bowes Seal Fast / Ray Brady||Kurtis Kraft 4000||Offenhauser L4||SUI||500
|1953||Springfield Welding / Paoli||Kurtis Kraft 4000||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
|1954||Bardahl / Ed Walsh||Kurtis Kraft 4000||Offenhauser L4||ARG||500
|1955||Bardahl / Ed Walsh||Kurtis Kraft 500C||Offenhauser L4||ARG||MON||500
Rookie of the Year
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