Bobby Ball (racing driver)

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Bobby Ball
Bobby Ball (racing driver).jpg
BornRobert Kay Ball[1]
(1925-08-26)August 26, 1925
Phoenix, Arizona
DiedFebruary 27, 1954(1954-02-27) (aged 28)
Phoenix, Arizona
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityAmerican
Active years19511952
TeamsSchroeder, Stevens
Entries2
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points2
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1951 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1952 Indianapolis 500

Robert Kay Ball (August 26, 1925 – February 27, 1954) was an American racecar driver.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ball's parents divorced when he was a year old. He was raised by his grandmother, who enrolled him in a military academy as a teenager in an attempt to take his mind off cars and motorcycles.[2]

Racing career[edit]

Ball began racing with the Arizona Roadster Association, subsequently switching from roadsters to midgets. He won the Arizona State Midget Association (ASMA) championship in 1949 and 1950. He finished fifth in the 1951 Indianapolis 500 and 32nd in the 1952 Indianapolis 500.[2]

Ball won the AAA Championship race at San Jose in November 1952.[3] On January 4, 1953, he was involved in an accident at Carrell Speedway in Los Angeles which left him with terrible head injuries. He remained in a coma, first at the UCLA Medical Center and then at home in Phoenix, but died 14 months later of an infection.[2] For many years one of the two championship races held at Phoenix International Raceway was a memorial race dedicated to Ball.

Complete AAA Championship Car results[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
1950 INDY
MIL
LAN
SPR
MIL
PIK SYR
DET
SPR
SAC
PHX
15
BAY
12
DAR
DNQ
49th 15
1951 INDY
5
MIL
DNQ
LAN
DAR
SPR
MIL
DUQ
DUQ
PIK SYR
DET
DNC
5
SJS
11
PHX
15
BAY
13
13th 620
1952 INDY
32
MIL
11
RAL
DNQ
SPR
15
MIL
10
DET
9
DUQ
6
PIK SYR
3
DNC
3
SJS
1
PHX
3
8th 820

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired
1951 52 29 134.098 9 5 200 0 Running
1952 55 17 134.725 23 32 34 0 Gear case
Totals 234 0
Starts 2
Poles 0
Front Row 0
Wins 0
Top 5 1
Top 10 1
Retired 1

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1951 Blakely Oil Schroeder Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
5
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
ESP
19th 2
1952 Ansted Rotary Stevens Offenhauser L4 SUI
500
32
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
NED
ITA
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
  2. ^ a b c d Gates, Bob (March 2, 2010). "Bobby Ball Could Have Been One Of America's Greats". Turn 3 Media. Retrieved January 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Ball Wins 100 Mile Race, James Is Hurt Seriously". The Fresno Bee. 3 November 1952. Retrieved 24 July 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Andy Linden
29 years, 54 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest driver to score
points in Formula One

25 years, 276 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Succeeded by
Troy Ruttman
22 years, 80 days
(1952 Indianapolis 500)