Lloyd Ruby, one of the United States Auto Club’s most versatile drivers, compiled enviable records in midget and stock car competition as well as in championship races and on road courses. He qualified for 18 consecutive Indianapolis 500 races (1960 through 1977) and led the field in five of them for a total of 126 laps. Ruby’s best finish was third in 1964. In National Championship races at other tracks he won three times at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, twice at the Phoenix International Raceway (Arizona), and once each at Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and the Trenton Speedway (New Jersey).
He won the pole position for the inaugural 1970 Ontario 500 in Ontario, California, and placed second in both of the 150-mile races in Rafaela, Argentina, in 1971. An outstanding road racer, Ruby was runner-up for the 1959 United States Auto Club Road Racing Championship and later became a member of the Ford Motor Company’s “factory” team. He was paired with Ken Miles to win the 1965 Daytona Continental and the 1966 Daytona 24-hour race, plus the 1966 Sebring 12-hour race, while taking second in the 1967 Sebring 12-hour race with A.J. Foyt.
Courtesy of Indianapolis Motors Speedway Museum